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Summary

  1. Guernsey's budget for 2018 released
  2. Man in hospital after car hits shop wall
  3. Society to create 'living memorial' in trees to mark Cambrai
  4. Jersey companies could face extra charges for generating energy
  5. Jersey residents fear 'rat run' could endanger school children
  6. Hospital finance debate put back to November
  7. Danish customs thought boules 'were bomb parts'
  8. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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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 Wednesday 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. 'Drunk' man arrested after ferry trip

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Jersey police arrested a man who was drunk on a Condor ferry arriving from St Malo at about 18:30 on Saturday.

    Officers said the 37-year-old has since been charged with being drunk and disorderly, causing malicious damage and resisting arrest.

    He will now appear at a parish hall enquiry.

  3. Weather: Strong wind warning issued

    BBC Weather

    It will be mild and mostly dry this evening and throughout the night, though one or two very light showers are possible.

    Winds will strengthen and a yellow strong wind warning has been issued for tonight and tomorrow. Minimum temperature: 12C (54F).

    Weather map

    Wednesday morning will be mostly dry, breezy and cloudy. It will stay windy all morning.

    Persistent but light rain will arrive for the evening. Maximum Temperature: 17C (63F).

  4. Hospital debate put back to November

    BBC Radio Jersey

    The debate on how Jersey's new hospital will be paid for has been put off for a month.

    Originally the States proposed to borrow the majority of the £460m required for the new build.

    But a States scrutiny panel came up with the opposite idea, and said savings could be made by borrowing as little as possible, taking the majority of the money from the States reserves.

    The treasury was asked to come up with a definitive plan, and bring it to the states.

    Chairman deputy Simon Bree said his panel can only do its work if it gets "all the details in advance".

    Hospital concept
  5. Newall murders: A family celebration which ended in tragedy

    BBC Channel Islands News

    It is thirty years since a couple was murdered in Jersey by their sons.

    Nicholas and Elizabeth Newall were killed at the family's home in St Brelade in 1987 by Roderick and Mark Newall.

    Roderick (L) and Mark (R) Newall
    Image caption: Roderick (L) and Mark (R) Newall

    Investigations followed and five years later, in 1992, Roderick was caught in a sting operation where he was secretly recorded making a confession to his father's twin brother, Stephen.

    The court concluded that, having returned from Elizabeth's 48th birthday dinner, the couple were drugged and beaten to death, their sons then covered up the murders and disposed of their bodies.

    Roderick spent 12 years in prison while Mark served three years.

    You can see more tonight on BBC Channel Islands News on BBC One at 18:30.

  6. Guernsey budget 2018: Airline hopes to 'significantly reduce loses'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Aurigny's chairman has said he is confident the airline can "significantly reduce its losses" in 2018.

    It comes as the States latest budget predicted a loss of about £3.6m for the States owned airline next year.

    Andrew Haining said recent changes to services could save the airline money.

    He said the decision to end to the London City route, the introduction of its own London Gatwick ground handling operations, the launch of a new website and new fares structures are all seen as ways for the airline to improve its position.

    Aurigny
  7. Jersey Oil and Gas has stake in oil discovery site

    Reuters

    An oil well where the licence is partially held by Jersey Oil and Gas is showing promising results.

    Jenny Morris, Statoil's vice president for UK exploration, said a sidetrack to Statoil's Verbier well in the outer Moray Firth, was expected to yield at least 25 million barrels of oil.

    She said: "The Verbier result certainly gives us the confidence and determination to continue our exploration efforts."

    Statoil holds 70% in the license, Jersey Oil and Gas 18% and CIECO Exploration and Production (UK) 12%.

    The preliminary results suggest the Verbier discovery could hold between 25 million to 130 million barrels, but more drilling will be needed to refine the range and potential for commercial development, Statoil said.

  8. St Pier maintains budget 'balanced and fair'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Gavin St Pier

    Guernsey's President of Policy and Resources has maintained the 2018 budget is balanced and fair despite fuel cost rises and an increase in commercial property rates for legal services.

    Deputy Gavin St Pier said the budget balances the need to invest in the community's future by building States reserves by £5m, the first contribution for a decade.

    "There are no surprises in this budget, other than pleasant ones.", he said.

    "I am particularly pleased that we are able to recommend the first transfer into our reserves in 10 years, having needed to draw down on them for several years."

    He added: "We are reaping this success as a result of discipline over an extended period and it shows the real advantages of planning."

  9. More jobs created, despite finance sector decline - minister

    Chris Rayner

    BBC Radio Jersey Political Reporter

    Jersey's economy continues to grow, despite a decline in the value the finance sector brings to the island, according to the economic development minister.

    Lyndon Farnham

    Senator Lyndon Farnham defended the government's track record of "creating jobs and helping the economy recover".

    Figures last month showed the average standard of living had declined, despite being higher than in the UK.

    Senator Farnham told the States while the banking sector continued to decline, jobs in other areas had been created, although they may not be deemed "as high value".

  10. Guernsey budget 2018: Low income families to be 'hit hardest'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Guernsey's low income families will be hit the hardest by a 3.5p per litre rise in fuel duty, according to the President of the Island's Motor Traders Association.

    The rise in duty is part of the 2018 budget, released today, and has been applied to every delivery that has come in to the island since midnight last night.

    Andrew Sparks said it is up to the garages to decide whether the tax is passed directly on to the customer, but it is likely they will have to as they only receive 6% profit on fuel.

    He says low income families have less chance of being able to afford "fuel efficient vehicles", so in effect would pay "proportionately more" for the tax.

  11. Newall murders: Thirty years to the day

    BBC Channel Islands News

    Nicholas and Elizabeth Newall
    Image caption: Nicholas, 56, and Elizabeth Newall, 48, were officially declared dead in 1990

    Thirty years ago today, in 1987, Elizabeth and Nicholas Newall were last seen in Jersey, celebrating Elizabeth's 48th birthday.

    It was the first chapter in what became a large police murder investigation, which ended five years later when their sons Mark and Roderick were imprisoned in connection to their murder.

    Late 80s police vehicle
    Image caption: The night they died the couple dined with their sons at the old Seacrest Hotel near Corbiere

    For the first few months of the investigation, the island and the world were told it was a missing person's inquiry, but in March 1988 the police announced that the Newalls had been murdered.

    investigation
    Image caption: A hunt was launched for the bodies of Elizabeth and Nicholas

    Remains of a bonfire were discovered at Greve de Lecq, with burnt, blood-splattered clothing and other belongings of the Newalls.

    A forensic investigation at their bungalow revealed more evidence of blood, which had been cleaned up.

    In 1992, both brothers were arrested and later imprisoned.

  12. Hospitality industry 'welcomes' more consultation on waste charge

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey's hospitality industry has welcomed plans for more consultation on a liquid waste charge before it is brought in.

    This week the treasury announced it was taking over the planning for the introduction of the charge, which would see island businesses pay to get rid of their waste water.

    The scrutiny panel reviewing the charges has made several recommendations for how the process should be completed.

    Fiona Kerley, who leads the hospitality association, said there has not been enough consultation with the industry over the matter and wants the charge to be brought in and administered properly.

  13. Clipper due back in service following maintenance work

    Guernsey Press

    Condor's passenger and freight ship, the Commodore Clipper, is due to resume normal service on Wednesday after spending a month in dry dock undergoing planned maintenance at a cost of almost £3m.

  14. Temporary contraflow system in place

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    A temporary contraflow system has been put in place along Guernsey's east coast until Thursday.

    The two northbound lanes are reduced down to a single lane between the Longstore and Admiral Park traffic lights in St Peter Port.

    Traffic and Highway Services has warned drivers to take extra care and expect minor delays.

  15. Society to create 'living memorial' in trees to mark Cambrai

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    A "living memorial" site, to remember the soldiers of the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry (RGLI), is being made a reality by a charitable society.

    tree with blurred background

    Guernsey Trees for Life, which plants and conserves trees around the island, says it wants to set up a memorial in trees to mark the centenary year of the Battle of Cambrai.

    More than 80 islanders died in a single day in the World War One battle, which is one of six inscribed on the RGLI's standard.

    Guernsey's Lieutenant Governor, Sir Ian Corder, has been invited to help plant the last of the 10 oak trees planned for the site.

    Colin Dodd, from the society, said the group wanted to create a "living memorial" to the local men, and incorporating it into this year's planting scheme made "absolute sense".

    The society is looking to start planting the trees in a section of Belvedere Field next month.

  16. Electricity charges decision put off until January

    Chris Rayner

    BBC Radio Jersey Political Reporter

    A decision on whether more regulation of the electricity market in Jersey is needed will not be made until next year.

    Jersey's States members decided to put off debate on new charges for companies that generate their own electricity until further research is done.

    Grouville Deputy Carolyn Labey wanted the competition regulator to look at the issue.

    But States members agreed with the Treasury Minister, Senator Alan Maclean, to put off the debate until January so more work could be carried out.

    Quote Message: There are more bodies more appropriate for undertaking this important work than CICRA [Channel Islands Competition Regulatory Authority] and that's why we need the flexibility. What we're saying is we will do the work, we just need more time." from Senator Alan Maclean Treasury Minister, States of Jersey
    Senator Alan MacleanTreasury Minister, States of Jersey
  17. Fourth company expresses interest in inter-island ferry route

    BBC Channel Islands News

    A fourth company has come forward to offer to run an inter-island ferry service between Jersey, Guernsey and Alderney.

    The Bachmann Group is a maritime-centred international business, based in Guernsey.­

    Bumblebee, Manche Iles Express and Condor Ferries have already announced their interest in running the service.

  18. Guernsey budget 2018: 'No support for first-time buyers'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Guernsey's new budget for 2018 does not provide support for first-time buyers, according to a local mortgage broker.

    The plans include a lower tax cap for new residents who buy open market properties worth at least £1.5m and a 7.5% increase above inflation in domestic property tax, mainly affecting locals.

    Pierre Blampied said despite the overall budget being "positive" it does not address the challenges of those looking to get on to the property ladder.

    Adding he hopes the States debate the findings of the KPMG housing report soon, which found the island had "higher pricing and poorer affordability" than many other countries.

    Door
  19. Fuel lines cut and items stolen from boats

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Police are warning boat owners in Jersey to be extra vigilant after several vessels were damaged and items stolen.

    Officers said five boats were tampered with on St Brelades Bay next to the Fisherman's Chapel overnight between Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 October.

    Fuel pipes were cut on the vessels and fuel containers stolen, they said.

    Police added another fuel container was stolen from a boat moored at La Rocque Harbour between 27 September and 8 October.