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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates for the Channel Islands have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 07:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

    Don't forget BBC Channel Islands News on BBC One later.

    There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

  2. Guernsey Holocaust victims to be remembered at service

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Islanders are being invited to remember victims of the Holocaust in a local service later this month.

    The Holocaust Memorial Day service will take place at the White Rock, St Peter Port, on Saturday, 27 January, at 12:00.

    An annual service has been held on 27 January since 2005, with crowds of up to 20 people
    Image caption: An annual service has been held on 27 January since 2005, with crowds of up to 20 people

    Led by the Dean of Guernsey, it would reflect "the history and reality of life in Guernsey", the States said.

    Wreaths will be laid by the Bailiff to remember three Jewish women deported from Guernsey who later died at Auschwitz, slave workers who died in the islands, and Guernsey people who resisted the World War Two occupation who died in Nazi prisons and concentration camps.

  3. Weather: Cloudy, breezy and showery on Saturday

    BBC Weather

    A breezy night with cloud coming and going. The cloud perhaps thickening from the west as the night progresses.

    Minimum temperature: 5C (41F).


    Saturday will be a cloudy and breezy day with occasional showery outbreaks, especially in the afternoon.

    Maximum temperature: 7C (45F).

  4. Reward offered to identify 'offensive' graffiti vandals

    Mike Wilkins

    BBC Channel Islands News

    A reward of up to £1,000 is being offered to catch graffiti vandals in Guernsey.

    Police said they had taken the decision to encourage the public's help in tracking down individuals who had targeted several sites across the island.

    Constable Nicholas Boughay said the vandalism was having a "huge impact" as it was often offensive.

  5. Family liaison officers helping family of missing Latvian man

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Family liaison officers are in "close contact" with the family of a missing 33-year-old Latvian man, Guernsey Police say.

    Guernsey resident Mikus Alps has not been seen since the early hours of Monday morning, when he was at a residential address in St Saviour.

    Mikus Alps

    Police say they are "keeping an open mind" about the investigation, but "there remains a possibility" Mr Alps' disappearance is linked to the discovery of what are believed to be human skeletal remains in a burnt out car.

    Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation are being asked to contact Guernsey Police or Crimestoppers.

  6. Petit Bot burnt out car: UK specialists brought in

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    A fire expert from the UK and a Home Office pathologist are being brought in to help with a Guernsey Police investigation into a burnt out car in which suspected skeletal remains have been found.

    The fire specialist had already arrived and the pathologist was expected early next week, Guernsey Police said.

    The car was found burnt out in a secluded area near Petit Bot on Monday 8 January.

    If human remains were confirmed, a post-mortem examination would then be carried out, the force said.

    Petit Bot car
  7. Church building fabric ‘has not been damaged by toilet project’

    Jersey Evening Post

    Stonework on St Lawrence Church has not been damaged by a project to create a toilet extension, the church’s rector has said.

  8. Jersey storm damage repairs 'to cost £80k'

    Robert Hall

    BBC News correspondent

    Repairs to Jersey's sea defences following Storm Eleanor are now expected to cost about £80,000.

    Sea wall repairs at West Park, Jersey

    Of that, £50,000 will be spent at Greve De Lecq, where granite blocks have been used to stabilise a breach near the pier.

    Engineers hope the work there and at West Park can be completed within four weeks.

  9. States rep welcomes pensions breakthrough

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Deputy Jonathan Le Tocq has welcomed progress in discussions between the island's government and Unite, the union that challenged changes to States employees' pensions in court.

    It was due to re-commence legal proceedings against the States on Monday, but will instead ballot members on a new pensions deal.

    In April 2016 two workers, supported by Unite, began the legal proceedings.

    Public sector workers in Guernsey protest against changes to their pensions in 2015
    Image caption: There was a public protest about the pension details in 2015 before the majority of unions accepted a deal
    Quote Message: The proposal is a favourable development addressing the concerns of our valued employees whilst ensuring the pension arrangements remain as affordable and sustainable." from Deputy Jonathan Le Tocq
    Deputy Jonathan Le Tocq
  10. Two men charged in connection with Boots robbery

    Euan Mahy

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Two men have been remanded in custody after appearing in Guernsey's Magistrates Court this morning, charged with robbing medicine from Boots in the High Street.

    Police say the incident happened yesterday morning and claim the men pushed their way behind the pharmacy counter to take a quantity of medication, most of which has been recovered.

    The two men are due to reappear in court on 7 January.

  11. Empty property owners 'should be taxed'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey property owners who allow shops to remain unoccupied should have to pay a tax, according to a deputy concerned about the degeneration of Les Quennevais.

    Deputy Montfort Tadier says empty shops and a lack of maintenance have led to it looking very run down and unwelcoming.

    Deputy Montford Tadier
    Quote Message: Conversations obviously need to be had about what kind of improvements can be made, we also need to look at potential legislation to do with empty property taxes." from Deputy Montford Tadier
    Deputy Montford Tadier
  12. Public support for two-school model 'growing'

    Gareth Owen

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    One of the four Guernsey politicians promoting the two-school model for secondary education believes public support is growing for their proposals.

    Deputy Rhian Tooley was speaking after a public meeting on the plans last night, attended by about 160 people. They are competing against the education committee's plans for three island secondary schools.

    "I believe there are a great many people, there are a growing number of people who believe that the model we are proposing, this alternative model, is the best way forward for Guernsey," she said.

  13. Opening of new hospital 'will not be delayed'

    Jersey Evening Post

    The opening of the new hospital will not be delayed, despite the planning application being rejected this week, the project director has said.

  14. BreakingPension dispute: Union withdraws legal challenge

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    A union representing Guernsey public sector workers is to postpone its legal proceedings against the island's government and is to ballot members on a new pension deal.

    Legal proceedings were due to re-commence on Monday in the dispute over the move to a career average pension scheme, previously backed by all public sector worker unions with the exception of Unite.

    The dispute was latched on to by Len McCluskey, the general secretary of Unite, who had accused the States of robbing workers of hard-earned pensions during his 2017 re-election campaign.

    In a joint statement, the States and the union said "a more flexible pension option" would now be considered, but the details would remain confidential.

  15. Bitcoin death threat emails: The advice

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey authorities are issuing advice after receiving reports of people being threatened by ransom emails designed to get them to pay a ransom in Bitcoin, the virtual currency, in order to protect themselves or family members.


    The Jersey Financial Services Commission (JFSC) and Joint Financial Crimes Unit (JFCU) said they were taking the allegations "very seriously".

    However, they added that they did not believe that there was a credible threat to islanders.

    They've issued this advice for anyone who gets the ransom email:

    • Contact the JFCU
    • If you are a regulated financial services provider, contact your supervisor at the JFSC
    • If you have received emails or text messages, you should not doing anything - do not respond and do not send any money
  16. Potato farming: 'No future without migrant staff'

    BBC Channel Islands News

    A Jersey potato farmer fears his business may have to close if he can't find more foreign workers.

    Paul Carre said his business was reliant on EU migrants to plant his crops at this time of year.

    Previously, he would have had 28 staff in the fields. He said he currently only had two.

    He blamed the falling value of the pound, saying he believed many people were preferring to stay at home to earn comparatively better wages.

    Paul Carre
    Quote Message: If this carries on like this, there won't be a future. If we can't get the staff, we can't do the work, we can't get the potatoes in the ground and we'll be out of business." from Paul Carre Jersey Potato farmer
    Paul CarreJersey Potato farmer
  17. Jersey beaches seeing 'more rubbish washing up than ever'

    Freddie Miller

    Broadcast Journalist BBC Radio Jersey

    Increasing quantities of rubbish are washing up on Jersey's beaches, according to an environmental campaigner.

    Pieces of plastic from lobster pots from as far away as Maine and New Hampshire in the United States were found recently.

    Andy Farmer, organiser of Channel Islands beach cleans this weekend, said he was encouraging islanders to play their part in combating a global issue.

    Plastic from Jersey beaches
    Debris on a Jersey beach
    Quote Message: For centuries, the sea has been used as a dumping ground. It's like a giant rug - you can sweep things under and you will never see them again. Unfortunately, now that rug is bulging at the seams and everything is popping up onto our beaches." from Andy Farmer Chairman, Littlefeet Environmental
    Andy FarmerChairman, Littlefeet Environmental