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  1. Sales of scratchcards soar in Guernsey and Alderney as concerns rise over addiction
  2. Reverend Mike Keirle officially becomes Dean of Jersey
  3. 'Worrying' number of hospital admissions after MDMA use
  4. 'Significant questions' to be asked of Alderney overspend
  5. Skateboarders 'damage' Guernsey war memorial
  6. Cricket: Jersey win to gain promotion
  7. Live updates on Thursday 7 September 2017

Live Reporting

By Rob England

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our coverage across the day

    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. Hurricane Irma: Guernsey family 'told to leave holiday hotel'

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Video content

    Video caption: Hurricane Irma: 'It was like a horror movie'

    "Be prepared to evacuate first thing tomorrow morning". That was the message Sophie Streeter and her family from Guernsey received from their hotel in the Dominican Republic before Hurricane Irma struck.

    Ms Streeter, on holiday with James Mapley and their young daughter Emelia, said the hotel warned guests about the hurricane on Tuesday.

    Guests were told to stock up on food and water supplies in case they were required to stay in their rooms.

    They were then evacuated from their hotel in Punta Cana, on the east side of the country, to another hotel in Santo Domingo.

    Dom Rep
    Image caption: The view from Punta Cana on the 4 September (left) and 5 September (right)

    Ms Streeter said they were lucky to get a hotel in the Dominican Republic's capital, as she heard reports of people evacuated later from Punta Cana having to shelter in conference centres and school halls.

  3. Chemicals handed in during pesticide amnesty

    BBC Radio Jersey

    People have been handing in chemicals, including weed killer, to the States during a pesticide amnesty after a dog was killed by a banned chemical.

    Concentrated liquid and 1.6 stone (10kg) of dry chemicals have been handed in.

    A spokesman from the Department of the Environment said anyone who has handed in unwanted or out-of-date chemicals will not be prosecuted.

    Last month a banned pesticide found near Beauport is believed to have caused the death of a dog.

  4. Occasional showers with clear spells

    BBC Weather

    There will be a mixture of clear spells and blustery showers this evening.

    Any showers will tend to die away later in the night, as patchy rain approaches from the west through the early hours.

    Minimum temperature: 16C (61F).

    Image caption: Friday's weather

    Friday will be windy, though largely dry at first.

    However, it won't be long until the rain returns, bringing a rather soggy feel to things at times through the day.

    Maximum temperature: 17C (63F).

  5. 'Secret voting' in States to be discussed by committee

    Chris Rayner

    BBC Radio Jersey Political Reporter

    An opportunity to discuss secret voting in the States and how some members are elected to senior positions has been "welcomed" by the committee that oversees the rules governing the States.

    How government ministers, scrutiny panel chairmen and even the chief minister are elected could change if the States agrees to make the votes secret, which would help avoid members being influenced by others.

    But these are matters the Privilege and Procedures Committee has considered before.

    Nevertheless, it is welcoming the chance to discuss the proposals brought by backbencher, Deputy Russel Labey.

    In a set of comments released today, the committee says it has been considered before and rejected.

    States of Jersey
  6. Discrimination law: 'States must support businesses'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey's Chamber of Commerce has called for businesses to embrace the consultation put out by the States on a new law to tackle discrimination.

    The States is proposing regulations to protect people from discrimination based on race, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment and pregnancy and maternity, and has opened a public consultation.

    Jim Hopley, special adviser to the Chamber of Commerce, said it was important the States gave adequate support to businesses, to give them time to understand and prepare for any impact the new law would have on them.

    Quote Message: Anybody would recognise the validity of legislation that protects the most vulnerable areas of society, and within the context of disability, people always regard it as questions to do with people in wheelchairs, but its much more substantial than that." from Jim Hopley Jersey Chamber of Commerce
    Jim HopleyJersey Chamber of Commerce

    The States of Jersey is yet to comment.

  7. Policy and Resources Committee invited to discuss overspend

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Deputy Gavin St Pier and the Policy and Resources Committee have been invited to Alderney to discuss the island's predicted overspend.

    In the States assembly yesterday Gavin St Pier said serious questions needed to be asked about the estimated £450,000 overspend.

    James Dent, Chairman of Alderney's Policy and Finance Committee responded to the comments, saying they continued to "work hard and manage expenditure".

    Quote Message: We have always valued having constructive dialogue with committees of the States of Guernsey. On this occasion we are of the view that the best way of resolving any concerns is face-to-face. I have therefore extended an invitation to the president and members of the Policy and Resources Committee to visit Alderney and look forward to what I’m sure will be a positive discussion." from James Dent Chairman, Policy and Finance Committee, States of Alderney
    James DentChairman, Policy and Finance Committee, States of Alderney
  8. World Cricket League: Jersey thrash Qatar to secure promotion

    Tim Pryor

    BBC Sport

    Anthony Hawkins-Kay returned from injury to tear through Qatar's top order and help Jersey win promotion to World Cricket League Division Four.

    He finished with figures of 4-10 from 10 overs as Qatar struggled to 152 all out in the semi-final in South Africa.

    In reply, Peter Gough hit 71 not out to steer Jersey to the target with seven wickets and 22 overs to spare.

    Jersey will face Vanuatu in Saturday's final, with both finalists guaranteed promotion from division five.

  9. Cricket: Guernsey 'will bounce back'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Guernsey Cricket will bounce back following relegation from World League Division Five according to their coach.

    The Greens lost to Qatar by three wickets in South Africa meaning they'll drop a division.

    But Ash Wright says it's a young squad with a promising future.

  10. Scratchcard money 'pays for community facilities' in Guernsey

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Money raised from scratchcards helps to pay for Guernsey's community leisure centre, a deputy has said.

    Sales in Guernsey last year reached just over £8,603,100, up from £800,000 five years before.

    Deputy Jeremy Smithies, Vice President of the States' Trading Supervisory Board, which operates the lottery in Guernsey, said Beau Sejour Leisure Centre would "suffer" without the funding.

    The board's latest report said it made payments of £15,000 to help those who have gambling problems in Guernsey.

    Deputy Smithies said the board's job is to administer the lottery, with the Committee for Home Affairs responsible for reviewing existing levels of support.

  11. Referendum call on Bailiff’s role – by ex-Bailiff

    Jersey Evening Post

    A referendum on whether to split the dual role of the Bailiff could be held next May, if States members agree on a proposal from the external relations minister – the brother of the sitting Bailiff.

  12. Jersey Cheshire Home celebrates founder's 100th birthday

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Residents at Jersey Cheshire Home are celebrating the 100th birthday of the founder of the organisation Lord Leonard Cheshire.

    It is a residential facility for physically disabled adults, and is part of the international charity Leonard Cheshire Disability.

    A celebratory lunch was held at the home.

  13. Deputy to lead review of Council of Ministers

    Chris Rayner

    BBC Radio Jersey Political Reporter

    Video content

    Video caption: Care Inquiry: Francis Oldham QC delivers scathing report

    A panel will review how successfully ministers deal with the recommendations of the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry.

    Deputy Sam Mezec, from Reform Jersey, is leading the review into the actions of the Council of Ministers to ensure they are following through with promised changes to policy in order to improve the care of children in Jersey.

    The deputy recently turned down an invitation to join a panel to advise the government on how to bring in the changes.

    Deputy Mezec says declining the panel would allow the proper examination of what the government was doing.

    Sam Mezec
    Quote Message: What we'll be doing is going through all of the policies and all of the legislation that comes forward with a fine toothcomb, to make sure that what is being proposed is actually fit for purpose and is actually going to deliver." from Deputy Sam Mezec
    Deputy Sam Mezec
  14. Damaged war memorial expected to be rededicated

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Image caption: The memorial when it was unveiled in 2015

    A war memorial expected to be rededicated at Guernsey Air Display next week has been damaged, police have said.

    The Allied Aircrew Memorial outside Guernsey Airport was damaged on 4 September with scratches left on the structure. Damage was also caused to the departure area of the terminal building where a glass door was smashed and benches and flower boxes scraped.

    Guernsey Police are appealing for information after five men were seen skateboarding in the area.

    memorial damage
    memorial damage

    Officers said the group arrived in a burgundy coloured three-door hatchback car and parked by the terminal building. One of the men was bald, and appeared to be older than the rest of the group, police added.

  15. ‘Britain’s most violent prisoner’ writes complaint letter to JEP

    Jersey Evening Post

    The man described as ‘Britain’s most violent prisoner’ has written a letter of complaint to the JEP for being disrespectful to notorious gangsters the Kray twins.

  16. Hurricane Irma: 'It's just a case of staying in the hotel'

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Hurricane Irma

    Sophie Streeter and her family from Guernsey were among those to be moved from hotels in the east of the Dominican Republic in the days before Hurricane Irma arrived.

    They arrived in Punta Cana on the 1 September for their two-week holiday and were moved to a hotel in the country's capital of Santo Domingo on Wednesday.

    Now in the capital, located in the south of the island, Sophie told the BBC that although they were spared the worst of the storm after being evacuated, the weather had deteriorated throughout the day.

    Quote Message: It's starting to absolutely chuck it down so I presume it's starting to come our way a bit more now, the winds are picking up and the humidity is really bad down here. We haven't had any information, it's just a case of staying in the hotel really." from Sophie Streeter
    Sophie Streeter
  17. One in hospital after crash on Les Merriennes

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    A person has been taken to A&E with minor injuries after a crash between a motorcycle and a car in Guernsey.

    It happened at about 10:45 on Les Merriennes in St Martin.

  18. Cricket: Jersey win to gain promotion

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Jersey have gained promotion from World Cricket League Division Five after thrashing Qatar in their semi-final in South Africa.

    Anthony Hawkins-Kay took four wickets as they bowled their opponents out for just 152, and Peter Gough struck an unbeaten 71 with the bat to ensure Jersey won by seven wickets.


    They will play either Italy or Vanuatu in the final of the tournament, but they will gain promotion no matter what the result.

  19. Windy with scattered showers this afternoon

    BBC Weather

    A scattering of showers are likely across the Channel Islands this afternoon.

    It will become windier too, especially in coastal areas.

    Maximum temperature: 18C (63F).

    In Jersey:


    In Guernsey:

  20. 'We wouldn't want another death' - Doctor's message to drug users

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A doctor in Jersey has repeated the message drug users should avoid taking ecstasy at the moment due to a bad batch thought to be in circulation across the Channel Islands

    John McInerney, from Jersey's General Hospital, said this year has seen particularly high figures for hospital admissions of people who had bad reactions to recreational drugs.

    Kyle Pringle, 18, from St Helier, died at the General Hospital in June after taking what police believe to be a "particularly strong" batch of ecstasy tablets.

    Quote Message: This year has seen an increase in the numbers of people coming through with adverse effects. That is worrisome because what I would say is that people should avoid taking all ecstasy at the moment, because it seems to be a particularly bad batch on the islands, and we wouldn't want another death." from Dr John McInerney Lead consultant, Emergency Department, Jersey General Hospital
    Dr John McInerneyLead consultant, Emergency Department, Jersey General Hospital