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Summary

  1. Search resumes for missing woman, Valerie Jehan, in Jersey
  2. Injured ski trip teachers recovering in the UK
  3. Health service 'should prioritise dementia care' in Guernsey
  4. The chairman of a Guernsey charity is insisting it was right to lodge an official conduct complaint against three deputies
  5. Guernsey wide referendum campaigns 'unlikely' to have spending regulated
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Chris Quevatre

All times stated are UK

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Local Live in the Channel Islands

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

That's it for today, but we're back tomorrow with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather in the Channel Islands.

Don't forget to tune in to BBC One at 18:30 for all the latest headlines with BBC Channel Islands News.

Cobo gigs set to return this summer

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

If you're a fan of the Cobo balcony gigs, then I have some good news for you... they're back!

The events kick off with a "Tribute to Fleetwood Mac" on 30 April, and finish with a David Bowie special on 27 August, with three other gigs inbetween.

They're always free to attend, but do raise money for a disability charity.

Take a look at some of this amazing drone footage captured last summer...

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Unemployment rose last month - but down on annual comparison

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The number of people unemployed in Guernsey rose by 15 in February this year.

There were 386 people unemployed at the end of last month, compared with 371 at the end of January.

However, in comparison with February last year, 36 fewer people were unemployed.

Unemployment graph
States of Guernsey

Search continues in fading light

Guernsey could introduce poultry register because of bird flu risk

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Guernsey's States Vet says the latest outbreak of bird flu in the UK has highlighted the need for a local register of poultry keepers.

Restrictions on live imports from low risk areas have just been lifted following a relaxation of precautions in the UK. But Guernsey's States Vet says there should be no let up in basic precautions to keep wild and domestic birds separate.

He says it's been difficult to monitor the situation without a register.

Avian influenza is going to be something that reoccurs every year, it's going to keep coming back. In the UK if you have a flock with more than 50 birds, it has to be registered. Jersey have just done a similar thing where any flock with more than 30 birds has to be registered. Now we're looking at that as a possibility - we could introduce something similar to that in Guernsey."

David ChamberlainStates Vet
Chickens
BBC

Devil's Hole closed off to the public

Julie Flanagan

BBC Channel Islands News

A path at Devil's Hole has been closed to the public while the emergency service have "increased activity" at the site.

Earlier police said they had their first confirmed sighting of missing woman Valerie Jehan after she got off a bus at midday on Friday.

Two people reported seeing the 75-year-old at 12:50 halfway down the path to Devil's Hole.

Emergency service personnel at the entrance to Devil's Hole
BBC

Police are not commenting at this time.

Latest dementia figures in Guernsey relate to 2014

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The vice president of Guernsey's Committee for Health and Social Care has admitted that figures on dementia aren't up to date. 

It comes following a visit of the head of the UK's Alzheimer's Society who is urging Guernsey to put early diagnosis as a top priority.  

Dementia care
Science Photo Library

The latest statistics on the levels of dementia in Guernsey relate to 2014.

Deputy Rhian Tooley says the health committee is fully aware of the importance of being "dementia ready", and insists a lack of up to date figures won't make any difference to efforts to improve the service and prepare for the future.

Having to correct tourists on Jersey Zoo is a 'silly situation'

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The chief executive of Durrell Wildlife Park says the centre's name is confusing - and having to correct people calling it 'Jersey Zoo' is "a silly situation".

Dr Lesley Dickie says study groups have shown that locals and visitors don't understand the difference between a wildlife conservation park and a zoo - and the name will be changed back to Jersey Zoo.

Gorillas
BBC

It was originally called Jersey Zoo by founder Gerald Durrell - but was changed 10 years ago.

Dr Dickie says she realised things had to change after a visiting couple apologised for calling it Jersey Zoo.

New inclusion project to support more children at nursery

Chris Rayner

BBC Radio Jersey political reporter

A project supporting children with additional needs at nursery in Jersey has won funding for a support worker.

The Special Needs Inclusion Project supports 37 children, some of whom wouldn't normally be able to go to nursery.

Emma Lawrence
BBC

Nearly £24,000 has been given by the Lloyds Banking Foundation to help employ Support Worker Emma Lawrence.

It means children with special educational needs can mix and develop alongside other children.

Condor owners 'will want to sell' - president of economic development

Mike Wilkins

BBC Channel Islands News

The president of Guernsey's Committee for Economic Development says the owners of Condor Ferries "will want to sell" the company.

Condor is owned by the Macquarie Group, which invests in various markets around the world.

Speaking to the Scrutiny Management Committee, Deputy Peter Ferbrache said Macquarie would want to sell, "because this is probably not their best ever purchase".

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Channel Islands Air Search assist in Valerie Jehan search

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Channel Islands Air Search were called out this morning to assist in the search for a missing Jersey woman.

Valerie Jehan, 75, has been missing since about 12:00 on Friday, and was last seen at Devil's Hole.

The aircraft was flying for nearly two hours, searching the area between Plemont in the west, and Rozel Bay in the east.

A crew member said: "An intensive search was made of this area including bays and gulleys but no trace could be found of the missing lady."

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We will look to make savings across organisation – MSG

Guernsey Press

Guernsey’s secondary healthcare provider will look to make savings across the whole of its organisation , it has said, as almost £1m. will be cut from its contract over three years.

Pollution regulator taking readings at St Martins School 'hot spot'

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

According to Deputy Sarah Hansmann Rouxel, the Office of Environmental Health and Pollution Regulation is taking air quality readings at the "hot spot" of St Martins School...

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School children from all over the country have been rallying against drivers "idling" outside schools.

Check out this video from BBC Breakfast...

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Police make the move to new headquarters

Jersey Evening Post

The States police inquiry desk at Rouge Bouillon will close for the final time tonight ahead of the force’s move to its new £24 million headquarters on Route du Fort.

Weather in the Channel Islands

BBC Weather

Let's take a look at the weather forecast for this evening.

Jersey:

Weather chart
BBC

Guernsey:

Weather chart
BBC

Breaking First 'confirmed sighting' of Valerie Jehan - but chances of finding her alive are 'remote'

BBC Radio Jersey

Police say they have had their first confirmed sighting of Valerie Jehan since she went missing after getting off a bus last Friday at 12:00.

Two people believe they saw Mrs Jehan, 75, at 12:50 halfway down the path to Devil's Hole.

A spokesperson for the police says they believe Mrs Jehan either slipped or stumbled in what is very difficult and slippery terrain even for a young walker.

He says the chances of finding her alive are now remote.

'Lots of calls, but nothing positive yet' - search for missing woman continues

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Police say they've had a lot of calls from Jersey people trying to help find Valerie Jehan.

So far they say they haven't been able to use that information to come up with anything positive. 

Mrs Jehan's been missing since she got off the bus to Devil's Hole at 12:00 on Friday.

Valerie Jehan
Jersey Police

The emergency services have used aircraft, lifeboats and police dogs in their search, and say Mrs Jehan's phone is definitely still in the area.

This morning the Channel Islands Air Search plane searched the shoreline between Plemont and Rozel, in particular the bays and gullies, but found nothing.

Ch Insp Chris Beechey says islanders have been very keen to help, even if it has been to say they'd been around Devil's Hole that day but hadn't seen her.

'Businesses want runway extension' says president of economic development

Damian Wrigley

Reporter, BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's economy will be held back if no runway extension is built, according to the president of the Committee for Economic Development.

Deputy Peter Ferbrache was speaking following the Scrutiny Management Committee's questions about air and sea links.

Guernsey's runway
BBC

Previously estimated at £30m, he says the project will be included as part of the capital prioritisation debate later this year.

Deputy Ferbrache says businesses want the extension.

If we don't have a runway extension sooner rather than later it would be a great bar to Guernsey developing as an economy. We've been spoken to by businesses from various sectors - particularly finance and hospitality as they're the ones who are affected the most."

Deputy Peter Ferbrache President of the Committee for Economic Development

Injured ski trip teachers recovering in the UK

BBC Radio Jersey

Two Jersey teachers injured in an alleged hit and run in the French Alps are now recovering in the UK.

The man and woman, who work at De La Salle, have not yet been named.

During half term the pair were at the La Clusaz ski resort waiting near a bus stop when they were allegedly hit by a motorist at high speed.

A spokesperson for the school says both members of staff have now left hospital in France - they've been transferred to a UK hospital to be closer to their families.

La Clusaz ski resort
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Deputy wants the rights of EU nationals on Brexit radar

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

A Guernsey deputy is calling on the island's Brexit negotiators to flag up the rights of EU nationals in the Bailiwick.

Deputy Peter Roffey wants greater acknowledgement of the contribution they make and says uncertainty over their status is damaging.

Peter Roffey
BBC

He's raising the issue at tomorrow's States meeting.

He says although Guernsey has autonomy in some areas, immigration isn't one of them, and so it's important to get the island's voice heard.

Changes at Bel Royal to "improve pedestrian safety"

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

A pelican crossing, bus shelter and a new walkway could be created at Bel Royal in Jersey to improve pedestrian safety.

The department responsible is consulting with local residents about the plans, which are part of a wider strategy to make travel in the area easier.

Quintin Murfin, the head of projects at the Infrastructure Department, says if the plans are approved, it will make a big difference.

You can give your views on the plans at a meeting at Bel Royal School between 14:30 and 17:30 this afternoon.

Carl Hester congratulates protege on CBE

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Carl Hester has tweeted his congratulations to his protege Charlotte Dujardin, who receives her CBE today.

Dujardin won three gold medals on Valegro, a horse co-owned by Hester but retired towards the end of 2016.

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Winter ops cancelled due to PEH bed pressures

Guernsey Press

Bed capacity at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital has reached over 90% on five occasions so far this year, meaning 12 elective operations have had to be cancelled .

'No information found to suggest what happened' to missing woman

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Police say it's still unclear what happened to missing Valerie Jehan after she got off the bus at Devil's Hole last Friday.

The 75-year-old has now been missing for four days - a French helicopter, Jersey's emergency services and a drone have all been involved in the search.

Ch Insp Chris Beechey said her phone is in the area where she was last seen.

Unfortunately we've yet to locate her, yet to find her, and in fact we've found no information at this present time to suggest what has happened when she got off the bus. What we know from the enquiries is that her mobile phone continues to indicate that it's in the area of the north coast. So in terms of the area we're searching, we're confident that we should locate Valerie."

Chief Insp Chris BeecheyJersey Police

Island wide referendum campaigns 'unlikely' to have spending regulated

Simon Fairclough

Guernsey Political Reporter

The committee behind plans for Guernsey's first ever referendum is unlikely to impose controls on groups campaigning for their preferred electoral system.  

The States Assembly and Constitution Committee (SACC) is continuing to work up plans ahead of a referendum on island wide voting. 

In February last year the States decided to put the question of island wide voting to the people.  

Members have already agreed that from 2020 all deputies should be elected on an island wide basis - subject to a public vote.

Guernsey's voting districts
States of Guernsey
The electorate can currently only vote in their residential district, but members have voted for an island wide option in 2020

SACC intends to come back to the States with its plans in June - but because it's proposing several different options for voters, it's now considering the impact of groups campaigning for their preferred system ahead of the vote.

The concern being that some may be willing to spend sizeable sums of money promoting their cause.

Members of the committee decided by a majority that it would be "very difficult to regulate" and it's now leaning very firmly in favour of non-regulation.

Reds assistant Rae to leave in May

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Jersey Reds assistant coach and former skipper Alex Rae will leave the club at the end of the Championship campaign.

The ex-Northampton lock, 31, asked to be released from his contract and will return to England, with his wife who is expecting their second child.

Alex Rae
BBC

"We're disappointed to be losing Alex, who has played an important role for us in his first year as a coach," said Reds chairman Mark Morgan. 

"We're already considering options for Alex's successor, however our immediate focus is on a big finish to the current season."

Travel update: Emergency closure of Rue Feveresse

BBC News Travel

Due to a "collapsed roadside bank", there's been an emergency closure of the Rue Feveresse in St Saviours, Guernsey.

The closure is in the bottom section of the lane off Sous L'Eglise.

Scrutiny meeting discusses Alderney runway extension

Simon Fairclough

Guernsey Political Reporter

The Scrutiny Management Committee has been asking Guernsey's Committee for Economic Development about their plans for travel links today.

The length of Alderney's runway has come up, with the committee's president, Deputy Peter Ferbrache, ruling out an extension...

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Scrutiny meeting
BBC

Lightning strike leaves its mark on Grouville...

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Ever wondered what a lightning strike looks like?

This is the the base of a tree in Grouville which was hit, blowing a hole in a granite wall and also damaging the computers and electrical equipment at Belles Fleurs Nursery.

Lightning tree
BBC

Nursery owner Bernard Rebours says they’re finding it hard to run their business as they can’t access their computers and can’t take card payments. 

He now has a basket of equipment that has been "fried". 

He was watching out the window at the time the lightning hit and got a bit of a fright.

Lightning wall
BBC

Alderney States to be asked to back review into health care

Guernsey Press

Alderney politicians are being asked to back the findings of an independent review of the island’s health and social care needs at their next States meeting.

Name change after 10 years to 'make it clear to holidaymakers'

BBC Radio Jersey

The Durrell Wildlife Park is changing its name back to Jersey Zoo to "make it more clear to holidaymakers".

A spokesperson for the trust says the main reason for the name change is to make the zoo more visible to visitors to the island as well as staying true to the wishes of the founder, Gerald Durrell.

Gerald Durrell
BBC

He originally named it Jersey Zoo when it opened nearly 60 years ago. 

It says the name was changed 10 years ago to avoid the word zoo because of its perceived negative connotations.

Charity made official complaint in 'good faith'

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The chairman of a Guernsey charity is insisting it was right to lodge an official conduct complaint against three deputies. 

Lyndon Trott, Mary Lowe and Paul Le Pelley were cleared last week of any wrongdoing. 

Lyndon Trott, Mary Lowe and Paul Le Pelley
BBC

They were alleged to have made disparaging comments about a fellow politician's ability to work while caring for a disabled family member.

Chairman of the Guernsey Community Foundation, Wayne Bulpitt, says their motive was to ensure there was no discrimination in public office. 

He says he doesn't feel the need to apologise, as the charity was acting in "good faith".

Splash and dash driver sorry for soaking

Jersey Evening Post

A motorist who believes she may have inadvertently drenched a pedestrian during yesterday’s downpours is urging the man to come forward – so she can pay for his dry cleaning.

Police to 'continue search for days to come'

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

States of Jersey Police say they will continue their search for missing woman, Valerie Jehan, until they have exhausted all possibilities.

Mrs Jehan, 75, was last seen getting off a bus on Friday lunchtime at Devils Hole.

Ch Insp Chris Beechey says they have drawn up a search plan to include areas inland of Devil's Hole, but their assumption is that she went towards the sea.

He says they won't give up the search until they have looked everywhere in the area.

Valerie Jehan
Jersey Police

BBC iWonder: What are zoos for?

BBC iWonder

Durrell Wildlife Park has announced that it is changing its name back to Jersey Zoo after 10 years.

Some organisations have tried to steer clear of the word "zoo", as they say it can get a lot of negative press over the issues of caged animals, unnatural habitats and animal treatment.

Gorilla at Durrell Wildlife park
Durrell Wildlife Trust

In 1959 Gerald Durrell opened a zoo in Jersey – the first to put conservation above all else. 

But it wasn’t until the 1990s that other zoos took on the mission to save the most threatened species in the world.

Have a look through our iWonder guide on what a zoo is, and what it's for ...