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Rob England

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  1. Our coverage across the day

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Our coverage across the Channel Islands has finished for the day.

    We'll be back on Friday from 08:00 with the latest news, weather, travel and sport.

    Don't forget BBC Channel Islands News on BBC One at 18:30 and 22:30.

  2. Car put up for charity auction vandalised

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The back window of a car put forward as a prize for a charity raffle has been smashed, police say.

    Money raised in the raffle was due to go to the Little Chapel Foundation at the West Show, who are looking to fund the restoration of the early 20th century church.

    Jack Honeybill, from the foundation said the vandalism could affect the amount of tickets they now sell to raise money.

    An investigation has been opened by Guernsey Police.

    charity car damaged
    Quote Message: I'm really very upset because this car has been paid for by First Direct, and if we sell all the tickets we'll make £30,000. Obviously now we've got a hole in the rear window, so it's going to have an adverse effect on our ability to sell the tickets. A £30,000 profit for The Little Chapel is an amazing amount towards the restoration fund. from Jack Honeybill
    Jack Honeybill
  3. Sark2Jersey race cancelled

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    This year's Sark2Jersey rowing race event has been cancelled, according to organisers.

    On social media, organiser Stuart Richford said the decision had been made as a result of "deteriorating weather" this weekend.

    The event was postponed twice before, and was due to take place this Saturday.

  4. Brexit: Common travel area prioritised by UK

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    British/EU flags

    The UK has committed to quickly reach an agreement with the EU on the preservation of the Common Travel Area, according to the latest Brexit policy paper.

    The current agreement allows visa and immigration control-free travel for British and Irish citizens between the UK, Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands

    The States of Jersey said it had "welcomed" the commitment by the UK government to maintaining the area, which was one of the island's "key priorities".

    A spokesman said Jersey's government was also "fully committed" to fulfilling its membership responsibilities on the British and Irish Council with regards to the wider question of border controls between Britain and the Republic of Ireland.

  5. Jersey hemp crop trial 'growing favourably'

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    A trial crop of hemp, planted as part of an initiative to diversify Jersey's agriculture, is "progressing well", according to the States, who are overseeing the project.

    Industrial hemp, a variety of cannabis, is being grown for its fibre and oil.

    The fibre is used in a variety of different ways, from construction to animal bedding, and the oil for cooking, personal care and in beauty products.

    The States was given a one season licence to grow the crop, with the view it could become part of a "sustainable future" for agriculture in the island.

    Quote Message: Now the focus is on getting the harvesting right. It will be important to get some accurate and meaningful results from both the seed and the stalks. The information we get will help inform the business plan, and give us a steer on whether there is a commercial future for this crop here in Jersey from Scott Meadows Head of plant health, Department of the Environment, States of Jersey
    Scott MeadowsHead of plant health, Department of the Environment, States of Jersey
  6. Cloudy with a chance of rain

    BBC Weather

    Cloud will continue into this afternoon and this evening with the potential for rain.

    A mostly dry end to the night with plenty of clear spells, although there is still a risk of one or two showers.

    Minimum Temperature: 16C (61F)

  7. Jersey minister congratulates A-level pupils

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    A-level pupils in Jersey this year achieved a 99.5% pass rate, the education department has said, with more results between A* to B grades than last year.

    A spokesman for the department said the results reflected the "latest phase" of education reforms which have cut down on coursework, and "decoupled" AS-levels from A-levels.

    Education Minister, Deputy Rod Bryan, congratulated students.

    Quote Message: Well done to everyone who got their A-Level results today after two years of hard work. I am sure they would all like to join me in thanking the teachers and parents who have encouraged and supported them along the way. Good luck to all students with their next steps, whether that is into work or further study. from Deputy Rod Bryan Education Minister, States of Jersey
    Deputy Rod BryanEducation Minister, States of Jersey
  8. West Show: Jerseyman hails 'unique' show

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Despite getting a bit of stick from his fellow tractor enthusiasts from across the water, Des Hinault, 67, was full of praise for Guernsey's West Show.

    The Jerseyman has been attending the event for a decade.

    "It's so unique, there's nothing like it in Jersey."

    Des with his tractor
  9. Vegetables made into animals

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    With all the high octane car crushing and lawnmower racing it is easy to forget that this is an agricultural show.

    Among the rows of immaculately presented beans, famous Guernsey tomatoes and onions are these.

    Vegetable toucan

    These models of fruit and vegetables are fantastic, the owl being a personal favourite.

  10. Jersey Care Inquiry: Less than 10 staff 'removed' from frontline posts in States

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Up to 10 States of Jersey employees could have been removed from front-line duties following the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry, a freedom of information request has revealed.

    The information also shows the staff members are still employed, but in different roles, and are still receiving full pay.

    The inquiry revealed decades of slavery, bullying and abuse had been inflicted on young people in the care of the States as far back as the 1940s.

    Haut de la Garenne
    Image caption: Haut de la Garenne was one of the sites of historic abuse
  11. BBC Radio Guernsey live from West Show

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Capturing the sounds and sights of the West Show this afternoon is BBC Radio Guernsey's John Randall.

    He even had time to chat to yours truly about a newfound interest in vintage tractors.

    If you can't make it down, you can listen as the BBC broadcasts live until 17:00.

    BBC reporter Rob Byrne being interviewed
  12. West Show: Crowds wowed by trucks

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    There's no doubting the main attraction this afternoon at the West Show, Big Pete and the Grim Reaper.

    The two monster trucks been crushing and ripping apart cars for the last 20 minutes

    It's been exhilarating stuff.

  13. Email cyber-scam targets Jersey businesses and customers

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    A scam which has tried to take more than £450,000 from Jersey businesses has prompted a warning from the island's financial services commission.

    In at least three cases, businesses in Jersey were the subject of an "impersonation attack", according to the commission, where fraudsters send emails from an account with an "almost identical" name, often requesting large sums of money from their customers.

    The commission says the emails often appear "authentic" with copies of legitimate signatures from the real company's employees.

    They said, in one of these cases, fraudsters attempted to take £450,000 from clients by posing as a local company, but were detected.

    The Jersey Financial Services Commission is asking local companies and islanders to be "extra vigilant".

    Cyber crime concept image
    Quote Message: This type of attack relies on social engineering to deceive its targets. In this case the domain name used by the criminals appeared to be the same as the local company’s but had an extra letter which could easily have been overlooked by the recipient on first glance. If you receive an email from a domain that appears to be slightly different to the norm then check the request immediately with the organisation it’s claiming to come from, making sure that you use official contact details rather than those in the email. from Davey Sandiford Cyber security senior manager, Jersey Financial Services Commission
    Davey SandifordCyber security senior manager, Jersey Financial Services Commission
  14. West Show numbers 'well up'

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    The president of Guernsey's West Show says the number of people attending the agricultural event are already above last year's.

    Rodney Dyke said: "The numbers are well up. The weather's been good to us, which helps a lot.

    "Last night was absolutely heaving, that was unusual for a Wednesday night, to have it so busy."

    Rodney Dyke
  15. Abuse victims ‘more confident in coming forward’

    Jersey Evening Post

    Victims of sexual abuse are "more confident" in coming forward in the wake of the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry and the Jimmy Savile scandal in the UK, an island official has said.

  16. Monster truck drivers raring to go

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    monster truck

    The monster truck trio performing at this year's West Show hope to wow the crowds again this afternoon.

    Olly Butler (left), Michael (middle) and Chris Murty (right) have a combined 25 years experience handling the vehicles, which have wowed crowds from the Channel Islands to the northern tip of Scotland.

    "You're only as good as your last show, so we'll only know how it goes down later!," Chris said.

    The team will perform about now and again this evening. Expect jumps, and some car-splitting carnage.

    Monster trucks
    monster trucks
  17. West Show: Tractor talk

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    It seems I can't get away from tractors and lightning.

    It was the first topic of conversation among a group of vintage vehicle enthusiasts.

    They seem to think it's entirely plausible Horace Camp's Massey Ferguson tractor, similar to these pictured, could have been started by a lightning strike during a recent thunderstorm.

    A tractor magazine recently reported a similar incident in Devon, Des, among the group tells me.

    Tractor talk
  18. Working holiday visas 'unavailable' for islanders

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    People from the Crown Dependencies and British Overseas Territories seeking a working holiday visa in New Zealand are not eligible, according to Jersey Customs and Immigration Service.

    Wellington Harbour, New Zealand
    Image caption: Wellington Harbour, New Zealand

    A spokeswoman said there had been a small number of inquiries from islanders about the issue, which prompted them to get in touch with the New Zealand government.

    New Zealand's immigration authorities then confirmed their working holiday visa scheme was "only available to British citizens who are ordinarily resident in the UK" and not to British citizens who live in the Crown Dependencies or British Overseas Territories.

  19. Occupation lorry a reminder of bombing

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Occupation lorry

    This 1939 Morris commercial lorry is one lucky survivor from Guernsey's World War Two Occupation.

    On display at this year's West Show, it has been lovingly restored by Occupation Museum owner Richard Heaume (pictured) who says he acquired the vehicle with "great difficulty".

    On 28 June 1940 German bombers attacked St Peter Port Harbour, killing 34 people.

    They also destroyed 54 tomato lorries, similar to this one.

    The Morris lorry was converted to run on charcoal gas in September 1941 before being converted back to petrol after liberation in May 1945.

  20. How do you turn £100 into £10,000?

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    By restoring vintage tractors, apparently.

    Des Hinault, 67, paid just £100 for this Massey Ferguson, which was being used on a cattle farm.

    With a lot of work he's restored it and says he's been offered more than a hundred times what he paid for it originally.

    It's not for sale though, says Les who's proudly displaying it at Guernsey's West Show. It's a labour of love rather than a money making venture for the Jerseyman.