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Summary

  1. Abuse allegations against Sir Edward Heath in Jersey and Guernsey
  2. "Irreversible change" warning as Guernsey development tribunal ends
  3. Sea lettuce worries addressed at Jersey conference
  4. Business 'less satisfied' with tele-communications services
  5. Plans for new, affordable homes in St Ouen to be considered
  6. Updates on Thursday 5 October

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  1. Our coverage across the day

    Rob Byrne

    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. Weather update: Windy and clear before a patchy Friday

    BBC Weather

    Spells of sunshine and windy conditions will persist into the evening, with it feeling rather cool too.

    The cloud will melt away tonight allowing lengthy clear spells overnight.

    Weather

    Friday will see a cold but sunny start, with just some patchy cloud around during the day.

    Maximum temperature: 15C (59F).

  3. Water reserves slightly down despite wet September

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Guernsey reservoir

    Rainfall in Guernsey during last month was 70% higher than the average for the month over the past 10 years.

    Guernsey Water's latest water supply shows 91.8mm of rain fell in September.

    However, it added that the substantial rainfall in the month didn't reflect the amount of water collected in its reservoirs, with overall reserves decreasing by 0.9%.

    The amount of water used by customers was 368 megalitres, 44 less than August.

    The company said total water storage capacity was at 89%.

  4. Population to be a core election issue

    Jersey Evening Post

    Tackling the island’s growing population will be one of the core topics that dominates discussions during next year’s election campaign, according to a JEP survey of sitting States Members.

  5. States defends employment services for older people

    The States of Guernsey has robustly defended employment services available for older people following recent criticism.

    A States spokesperson said a range of support was available for older people trying to find work - such as training opportunities and placement programmes - after critics claimed there was little such help.

    The States said unemployment in the 60 to 64-year-old group was lower than the unemployment rate for all other islanders.

    It admitted there were certain challenges facing older people trying to stay in employment, such as managing health conditions, maintaining skills and, in some cases, facing misconceptions from work colleagues.

    The Employment and Social Security Committee is working on a Longer Working Lives project, which is due to be debated by the assembly this December.

  6. Police tribute to 'dear friend and colleague' Ian Wright

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey Police have formed a guard of honour at the funeral of Det Con Ian Wright, who died earlier this month.

    During his career, he received six commendations and 17 acknowledgements.

    He also received the Richard Mauger award for Outstanding Achievement in 2006 for his bravery in dealing with an aggressive and threatening male who was armed with several knives, the force said.

    His police number, 139, has officially been retired.

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  7. Chief minister denies handing Theresa May a P45

    Jersey Evening Post

    Chief Minister Ian Gorst has jokingly denied that he was the man who handed over a fake P45 resignation letter to Prime Minister Theresa May during the Tory party conference, after islanders spotted similarities between the senator and the prankster.

  8. Jersey butter to go on South Korean shelves

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Sliced butter

    People in South Korea will be able to buy Jersey butter, as the island's dairy expands its business overseas.

    Very low global milk prices last year led to an increase in demand, which has left supplies low and the price of butter rising significantly.

    Now countries are looking to other suppliers and Jersey Dairy has been contacted by companies in Turkey and India.

    Export consultant Bob Jones said a deal has been struck with a large Korean supermarket group.

    He said: "It will be a leading product for them in their dairy category.

    "We're getting increased interest in Japan for our butter, and we are actually planning on going to the Middle East in November, where we already started with supplies of milk; and there's a large retail group there who I think would be interested in butter."

  9. Social Security officials propose 'affordable' prescription charge rise

    Guernsey Press

    Despite a recommendation from the previous States to raise the prescription charge to £4.40, it would increase by just 2.6%, to £3.90, under the latest proposals.

  10. Sea lettuce trial under way

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Seaweed on St Aubin Bay, Jersey

    A trial is already under way in Jersey to make use of the large amount of sea lettuce that accumulates on island beaches.

    Officials are attending a conference in Jersey today, with experts from as far away as New Zealand coming to discuss how the island might cope with the blight.

    The States has spent thousands of pounds trying to remove and reduce the algae over the years.

    Martin Gautier, from the Infrastructure Department, said a new trial was currently under way.

    The aim was to "spread in on to farmland that isn't going to be used for a long time as a long-term fertilizer substitute," he said.

  11. Further wind warning issued

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Strong north to northwesterly winds are continuing across the islands.

    The wind warning by Jersey Met advises caution in any wind sensitive activities and to secure loose objects.

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  12. Lifeboat volunteers to meet with manager

    BBC Radio Jersey

    St Helier lifeboat

    A meeting will take place in Jersey later between an RNLI director responsible for volunteer lifeboat crews and St Helier RNLI volunteers and staff.

    The RNLI previously said it was "committed" to working with remaining volunteers at the St Helier lifeboat station after a volunteer crew member resigned earlier this week, saying he had "lost all respect" for the organisation.

    Dr David Howell wrote to the local crew, criticising how complaints within the organisation were being handled and to highlight the amount of money the charity had lost as result of the dismissal and reinstatement of the coxswain earlier this year.

    Today's visit by Director of Community Lifesaving and Fundraising Leesa Harwood was a regular crew visit, the RNLI said.

    "She is in Jersey to speak to just a few of our volunteers," it added.

  13. Minimum wage proposal does not go far enough, says Deputy

    Jersey Evening Post

    Proposals to increase the minimum wage by 4.5 per cent do not go far enough, and £7.50 an hour will "not provide low-paid workers with sufficient funds to live on," a backbench Deputy has said.

  14. Guernsey fund industry growth highlighted

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Dominic Wheatley

    The Chief Executive of Guernsey Finance says a willingness to embrace new technologies and ideas is the main reason the island's fund industry is growing.

    Guernsey has just been named "Best Centre for Fund Administration" at the 2017 Fund Services Awards.

    Dominic Wheatley said the volume of incoming and repeat business in the sector showed confidence in Guernsey.

    "Guernsey’s funds industry is going from strength to strength and that’s thanks to government, industry, the regulator and Guernsey Finance.

    "The island embraces new technologies and ideas and we anticipate further success for our funds sector in the future," he said.

  15. Job losses at Channel Islands' bank

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    RBC's headquarters in Toronto, Canada
    Image caption: RBC's headquarters in Toronto, Canada

    The Royal Bank of Canada has confirmed jobs are going from its British Isles wealth management business, which is based in Jersey, Guernsey, London and Edinburgh.

    The company hasn't said how many jobs will be lost in the Channel Islands, but that changes to the business will mean a "small number, around 3%" of employees would be leaving, it said.

    RBC Wealth Management employs 1,200 people in the British Isles and opened its first Channel Islands office in Jersey in 1962.

    Communications Manager Fiona McLean said the business was focusing "on the capabilities that we need now and in the future to meet our clients’ evolving needs".

    She said: "As a result, we have made some difficult decisions and a small number of people are leaving our British Isles wealth management business. We will provide support and assistance to those affected by these changes."

  16. Guernsey FC go down to leaders Lewes

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Guernsey FC's recent upturn in form came to an end when they were beaten 3-0 by Isthmian League Division One South leaders Lewes at Footes Lane.

    Billy Medlock gave the visitors the lead after 15 minutes and doubled the tally after half-an-hour before Bouwa Bosma's strike made it 3-0 shortly before the half-time break.

    Guernsey FC v Lewes

    "I think we made a good side look even better," manager Tony Vance said. "In the first half, apart from the first 15 minutes, they blitzed us."

    The loss ended a two-game winning streak for the Green Lions and saw them drop to 20th place in the table.

  17. Call for tougher firework laws after horse is hurt

    Jersey Evening Post

    A horse owner is calling for stricter laws governing private firework displays after her horse injured himself in his stable while panicking because of a nearby display.

  18. Police appeal after motorbike moved

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Guernsey Police are appealing for information after a motorbike was taken from a parking bay in St Peter Port.

    The blue and black BMW F800 GT motorcycle is believed to have been pushed from Les Canichers into Park Street and abandoned in the middle of the road overnight on Monday.

    Anyone with any information is asked to contact police.

  19. Heath report: Jersey Police 'dealt with four allegations'

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Sir Edward Heath

    States of Jersey Police have confirmed they dealt with four allegations against the late Prime Minister, Sir Edward Heath.

    Along with neighbouring Guernsey's police, Jersey was one of 14 forces to have cooperated in an investigation into allegations of child abuse published today by Wiltshire Police.

    The operation received 42 claims in total, seven of which would have seen the former conservative politician interviewed under caution - if he was still alive.

    No inference of guilt should be drawn from this fact, police stressed.

    Det Supt Stewart Gull said: “We can confirm that Jersey is one of the 14 police areas that featured as part of this investigation and that a total of four allegations were reported to have occurred locally.

    “These allegations were received between 2015 and 2016 and referred to Wiltshire Police for investigation as part of Operation Conifer," he said.

    Guernsey's police force has also confirmed its involvement.

  20. Wind warning in force

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    A strong wind warning is currently in force across the islands.

    The advice is to take caution with "wind sensitive" activities and secure lose objects.

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