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  1. Our coverage across the week

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

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

    We'll be back on Monday 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. Blind man drowned after pontoon fall

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Gerald Bisson celebrating his 80th birthday

    A blind man who remained "very independent" despite losing his sight drowned after falling onto a pontoon, an inquest heard.

    Gerald William Bisson, 80, died on the morning of 23 July at St Peter Port Harbour, Guernsey.

    Mr Bisson's body was found floating in the sea at 09:55 BST. The inquest at Guernsey Magistrates' Court heard he had been drinking the evening before.

    The coroner recorded a verdict of accidental death.

    Blind man drowned after pontoon fall

    Gerald Bisson celebrating his 80th birthday

    An 80-year-old man drowned at St Peter Port Harbour following a head injury after drinking, an inquest hears.

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  3. Vessel part of 'expansion' in naval power

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Alderney's Elizabethan wreck, which is to be dived again next month, has been described by a naval historian as an important example of the "great expansion" in sea power under Queen Elizabeth I.

    Artefacts brought up from the Alderney Elizabethan wreck

    Professor Eric Grove, vice president of the society for nautical research, says the iron guns brought up from the wreck demonstrated "the great advantage" the english had at the time, following the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588.

    The Alderney wreck is dated at 1592, and is considered second in importance to Henry VII's Mary Rose vessel.

    "There were a lot of changes after the Mary Rose discovery," he said.

  4. Businesses should follow guidelines after fraudster attacks

    BBC Radio Jersey

    cyber attack

    The body which regulates Jersey's finance sector says local companies need to invest more in cyber security to keep customers safe, after a series of online attacks.

    Jersey's Financial Services Commission recently reported three cases where fraudsters registered almost identical web addresses to legitimate companies, then sent emails to their customers asking them for large sums of money.

    In one case, they tried to steal nearly £450,000.

    John Harris, director general at the commission, says companies need to follow their guidelines to "maximise their protection", and customers must be vigilant.

  5. 'Understanding' Asian hornets could help control them

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Understanding the behaviour of Asian hornets will help control them in future, according to Jersey's Department of the Environment.

    There have been 30 sightings of the predatory wasp breed in the island, with the first attack on a honey bee recorded this week.

    Beekeepers are now capturing the hornets, and marking them with special dots to better track them.

    Asian hornet
    Quote Message: If I'm honest, I think it more than likely the Asian hornet is here to stay. We need to understand it so we can mitigate against its effect, which is not only impacting on honey bees, it's all pollinators that exist, it's after protein. It could have quite a major impact on our environment unless we learn how to live with it and control it. from Dr Tim Du Feu Director of Environmental Protection, States of Jersey
    Dr Tim Du FeuDirector of Environmental Protection, States of Jersey
  6. Pan weights among Alderney wreck finds

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Pan weight

    Thousands of artefacts have been pulled up from Alderney's Elizabethan wreck site since it was first located in 1977.

    Many of them can be viewed in the Alderney Museum, including these two lead, disc-shaped, pan weights, which were used when trading.

    They are important as they were introduced after the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588 and wear indicated they were not new at the time of the vessel's loss, thus dating the wreck in the 1590s.

    The weights were made by the Worshipful Company of Plumbers of London and stamped with a crowned EL, the monogram of Queen Elizabeth I.

  7. Deputy Lewis: 'No intention to deceive members of the assembly'

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    A Jersey deputy, who has been accused of breaching the elected members code of conduct, has said he had "no intention" to "deceive" members of the States Assembly, and his comments have been taken "out of context" by a States committee.

    The Privileges and Procedures Committee (PPC) put forward a vote of censure this morning against Deputy Andrew Lewis to decide whether the States would like to formally express disapproval of the actions of an elected member.

    The committee's conclusion leans heavily on accusations levelled against the deputy of lying to the States Assembly and the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry panel.

    The care inquiry panel found the deputy had lied about seeing a Metropolitan Police report, the result of which led to the suspension of a former Jersey Police chief, who was investigating historic child abuse in the States child care system.

  8. Guernsey to send further donations to treat cholera in Yemen

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Guernsey's Overseas Aid and Development Commission has decided to make further donations to cholera relief efforts in Yemen.

    Earlier this month, the World Health Organisation said the number of cholera cases in an outbreak in several areas of Yemen was at least 100,000, and the commission has donated £50,000 so far.

    President of the Commission, Deputy Emilie Yerby said the decision to provide further aid was based on people not being able to access basic healthcare.

    Quote Message: Nearly 15 million people in Yemen are unable to get basic health care while almost 16 million don’t have access to clean water because of damage to infrastructure from the conflict, meaning that cholera could have a devastating toll. from Deputy Emilie Yerby President, Guernsey's Overseas Aid and Development Commission
    Deputy Emilie YerbyPresident, Guernsey's Overseas Aid and Development Commission
  9. Barcelona attack: Jerseyman describes the aftermath

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Barcelona attack

    Scott Strudwick from Jersey was in the Plaça de Catalunya when the terrorist attack took place nearby in Las Ramblas in Barcelona yesterday.

    The father of two is on holiday with his wife and children, and due to return home tomorrow.

    He says he was locked into a shop during the attack, with rumours of terrorists in the building.

    Scott Strudwick

    "We came out from a large department store to be greeted by police sirens. We were heading towards La Rambla to catch our bus back, and we noticed a lot of people running in the opposite direction." Scott said.

    He added: "Police were then pushing us away and pushing people in to shops and trying to close the doors behind them.

    "We retired into the large department store, we didn't know what was going on at that point. Shortly after that is where we had our scariest moment.

    "We were on the second floor of the shop and people came running through.

    "There were rumours there had been gunfire, and potentially a terrorist in the shop, which turned out to be false."

  10. Pixie Lott to appear at Herm music festival

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Singer Pixie Lott will be appearing at the Sunset on Herm festival in September.

    The festival, held at the Mermaid Tavern in Herm is a house music event, with the singer performing her track Baby, live alongside DJ Anton Powers.

    Tickets will be on sale from 25 August.

    Pixie Lott
  11. Hester hopes for medal without Valegro

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Olympic dressage gold medallist Carl Hester, from Sark, says it will be a "hard task" for Great Britain to win a European medal without retired horse Valegro.

    For the first time in six years, three-time Olympic champions Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro will not feature at a major championships.

    Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro

    "If we can achieve it [a medal] of course it would show we have depth in our sport," Hester told BBC Radio Guernsey.

    "He [Valegro] is that special and different - we just have to remember that he was a different species compared to most of the horses out there today."

  12. Reds host Premiership opponents tomorrow

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Jersey Reds welcome Premiership side Harlequins to St Peter tomorrow afternoon in their final friendly before the new Championship season.

    So far, Harvey Biljon's side have lost to French side Vannes and beaten National One club Coventry as they prepare for competitive action.

    This time last year Jersey overcame top-tier side Worcester in a pre-season game in the island.

  13. Alderney's Elizabethan Wreck: How significant was the discovery?

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    The wreck attracted worldwide interest in 1992, when the discovery was formally announced.

    The Alderney Maritime Trust, founded in 1993, concluded the weight of evidence suggested the unnamed ship was one mentioned in State Papers from 1592 that was "cast away about Alderney".

    Cannon from the wreck in the Alderney Museum

    The vessel was carrying dispatches from England's treasurer, Lord Burghley to Sir John Norreys, who was leading Elizabeth's forces in Brittany.

    The unnamed vessel sank in November 1592 and was last dived in July 2016.

    It is considered second only in importance to the Mary Rose, Henry VIII's warship which sank in 1545.

  14. Asian hornet nests 'present on Jersey's east coast'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Asian hornet

    A search of Jersey's east coast has failed to find any new Asian hornet nests, but the Department of the Environment says they know they are there.

    Twenty-five staff from the department and the Jersey Beekeepers Association spent three hours doing a coordinated search from Archirondel to Gorey Castle.

    Director of Environmental Protection, Dr Tim Du Feu, says it is important to destroy any nest before the queens leave and make new colonies.

    Quote Message: Up to 200 queens will be liberated from a single nest. They all go into hibernation, obviously there will be winter losses, if there's a big frost or something, not all will come through. But each one of those queens, if they get through, can make a primary nest in the spring, and create a new colony. from Dr Tim Du Feu Director of Environmental Protection, States of Jersey
    Dr Tim Du FeuDirector of Environmental Protection, States of Jersey
  15. Barcelona attack: Jersey joins Guernsey in tribute

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Flags are to be flown at half-mast today on States buildings as a mark of respect for those who died, or were injured, during the terror attacks in Barcelona yesterday.

    Jersey's Bailiff, Sir William Bailhache, made the announcement, following a similar direction from his counterpart in Guernsey earlier today.

    A massive manhunt is under way in Spain for the man suspected of killing 13 people and injuring others in the attack.

    Spanish media named the man being sought as 18-year-old Moussa Oubakir. He is suspected of using his brother's documents to rent the van that mowed down people on Barcelona's Las Ramblas.

  16. Former lawyer appointed to promote Guernsey

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    A former lawyer from the UK has been appointed to represent Guernsey and attract high earners to the island.

    Edward Stone was appointed by Locate Guernsey, a States-owned agency promoting the island to individuals and businesses.

    Mr Stone said the island's "high quality of life" and "attractive tax regime" for businesses and individuals meant it was an "excellent place" for relocation.

    Andrew Carey, interim head of Locate Guernsey, said: "Edward’s contact book is exceptional and he’ll be promoting living in Guernsey to the UK community who in turn will advise their own wealthy clients."

  17. Alderney Elizabethan Wreck: Diver recalls cannon discovery

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Fred Shaw

    In 1977 it was Alderney fisherman Bertie Cosheril who discovered an Elizabethan era musket, dragged up in his lobster pots.

    He then returned to the site with divers Fred Shaw and Dave Rendell.

    Mr Shaw, now MBE, said he had no idea how significant that dive would become, as he descended directly on two Elizabethan era cannons on the sea bed.

    "As I went over the side I heard him shout out 'I hope you find a cannon Fred!' and I chuckled on the way down laughing to myself and thinking to myself I'm never going to find a cannon, and there right under my nose was two cannons."

  18. Alderney Elizabethan wreck: Size of the project 'daunting'

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Work to better understand Alderney's Elizabethan wreck - including a planned dive and consolidating all existing information - is a daunting project, according to its coordinator trustee.

    Mike Harrisson was hopeful a survey of the wreck site and planned dive would go ahead in the coming weeks, alongside plans to centralise decades of research.

    Mike Harrisson
    Quote Message: With favourable tides and weather permitting, they will dive down every day and gain the 20 to 30 minutes maximum time on the sea bed trying to discover whether there are other coherent structural timbers slightly distant from the centre of the site where the work has been concentrated up until now." from Mike Harrisson Coordinator Trustee, Alderney Maritime Trust
    Mike HarrissonCoordinator Trustee, Alderney Maritime Trust
  19. Controversial plans for church extension 'right for building'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A parish rector has said plans to build an extension onto St Lawrence's Church in Jersey are "right for the building".

    The church wants to extend the 12th Century building to allow wheelchair access, a kitchen, and a toilet.

    Heritage campaign group, Save Jersey's Heritage, thinks the changes could be contained inside the building, and has submitted its own alternative plans.

    But Rector Phil Warren says the church's plans have taken all options into consideration.

    Quote Message: I can stand with absolute confidence and say, through these four years, we have listened, we have taken consultation, we've sought the best expertise and advice. The approved plans are approved because they are right for the building." from Phil Warren
    Phil Warren
  20. Poor behaviour and conduct vote lodged against deputy

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    A vote to acknowledge inappropriate behaviour and conduct has been brought by a States committee against Deputy Andrew Lewis.

    Andrew Lewis

    The Privileges and Procedures Committee said it put forward the proposition after concluding the deputy had "breached the code of conduct" for elected members of the States of Jersey.

    The committee held a public hearing on 1 August after an official complaint was made against the deputy, following findings in the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry panel's final report.

    The report found the deputy "lied" about seeing a Metropolitan Police service report, which led to the suspension of former police chief Graham Power.

    Five States members signed the proposition, Constable Len Norman, Constable Christopher Taylor, Deputy Sam Mezec, Deputy Simon Bree and Deputy Scott Wickenden.

    Constable Norman, committee chairman, said: "It is now a matter for the assembly to decide whether it endorses the committee’s view that Deputy Lewis should be censured for breaching the code of conduct."