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Summary

  1. Handbag belonging to missing woman Valerie Jehan found on cliffs
  2. Jersey's new police headquarters opens for business
  3. Emergency services tested on how to deal with a fire aboard a ferry
  4. System for online petitions to get topics debated in Guernsey's States "some way off"
  5. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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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 Local Live this evening, but we're back from 08:00 tomorrow morning 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 tonight for all the latest headlines with BBC Channel Islands News.

Jersey dog nominated for award at Crufts

A dog called Sausage has been nominated by St Ewolds Residential Home in St Helier for an award at Crufts, the prestigious dog show.

Sausage is part of the charity Pets As Therapy (PAT). 

The charity aims to boost people's health and wellbeing in hospitals, hospices, nursing homes and care homes by providing animal visits.

Sausage is up against five other PAT dogs for the award.

A Jersey dog, Sausage, has been nominated for the Pets As Therapy 'Dog of the Year'

'Who Do You Think I Am, Jersey?' Sophie Raworth asks

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Jersey will feature on the BBC programme "Who Do You Think You Are?" tonight.

Staff at the Jersey Archive were asked to research a local connection to the newsreader Sophie Raworth as part of the final episode of the current series in which celebrities trace their ancestry.  

They looked into the life of local man called Samuel Mott, who lived in St Helier in the early 19th Century.

The episode is on BBC One at 20:00.

Sophie Raworth
BBC

Latest weather: Staying cloudy and fog possible

BBC Weather

It will remain cloudy overnight, with further patchy outbreaks of rain or drizzle. Winds will fall light and some mist and fog patches are also possible. Minimum temperature: 10C (50F).

Weather
BBC

A very similar day to Wednesday is in store on Thursday. It will be rather cloudy, with patchy rain or drizzle at times. Some mist and fog patches may also linger. Maximum temperature: 11C (52F).

Reds begin search for Rae replacement

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Jersey Reds head coach Harvey Biljon says the club is putting together a list of candidates to replace his outgoing assistant Alex Rae  before starting the interview process.

Ex-club captain Rae confirmed yesterday that he was to return to England at the end of the season, with his wife expecting their second child.

Alex Rae
Jonathan Huelin

"I think it is important that the forwards coach is part of the player recruitment process," Biljon told BBC Radio Jersey. "We'll be in a position to know a little bit more a couple of weeks down the line."

Dog control warning as lambing season begins

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The GSPCA is appealing to dog owners to keep their animals under control following a number of reports of livestock being worried.  

Manager Steve Byrne said it was a particular concern at this time of year as the lambing season had begun.

He advised anyone whose livestock was affected to take legal advice as the law was "very clear" regarding owners having to control and care for their dogs.

Lambs
PA

More seats made available on inter-island flights

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Local airline Blue Islands is increasing the amount of seats on peak inter-island travel by swapping to a larger aircraft.

Traditionally, the route was serviced by a 46-seat ATR 42, but that aircraft is being benched for an ATR 72, which can seat 68 passengers.

ATR 72
Blue Islands

The change affects peak morning and evening flights on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and begins on 28 March.

States approve new bank resolution law

Jersey Evening Post

Banks in Jersey will need to comply with new provisions and pay annual levies , following States approval of a new law to protect retail customers and the public purse.

Jersey to return £3m of stolen Kenyan money

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey has agreed to return more than £3m to the people of Kenya after it was stolen by corrupt Kenyan officials.

The money was confiscated last year after a Jersey-based company owned by Samuel Gichuru admitted four counts of money laundering .

Mr Gichuru was the chief executive of Kenya's national power company and efforts to extradite him to Jersey to face money laundering charges at the Royal Court are ongoing.

Channel Islands Cricket League gets sponsor

James Law

BBC Sport Online

The Guernsey and Jersey cricket boards have announced financial company PraxisIFM as title sponsors of the Channel Islands Cricket League for the next two years.

The league was scrapped in 2012 after concerns over inter-island travel costs and mismatches between teams, but will return this summer after funding was secured.

Cricket
BBC

"The thing we're looking for is the competition," Guernsey Cricket Board CEO Mark Latter said. "Jersey versus Guernsey at anything adds a bit of extra spice - hopefully that'll get the better players out playing each other regularly."

Jersey politician wants changes to licence fee funding for over-75s

Chris Rayner

BBC Radio Jersey political reporter

A politician claims Jersey's over-75s have been "sold down the river" in a deal between the States and the BBC over TV licences.

Free TV licences for elderly residents are means-tested in Jersey but not in the UK because the two jurisdictions have different social security policies.

But the whole system is about to change. As part of its Charter renewal, the BBC agreed to provide free licences for those over 75 in the UK, but that deal doesn't apply in Jersey.

TV licence
BBC

Last year, the States and the BBC did announce a deal where the broadcaster would pay some of the cost of Jersey's means-tested TV licences. But Deputy Montfort Tadier said that deal sold Jersey pensioners short.

In a debate in the States Assembly next week, he'll demand the deal is renegotiated, with a view to giving free TV licences to everyone over the age of 75 - just like in the UK.

That's an impressive (fake) wound...

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Don't worry, this is all fake.

This woman has really committed to her part and has what looks like a pretty serious arm injury as a result of the make-believe ferry crash which the emergency service in Jersey are using as a training exercise.

I've used that fake blood in first aid courses in the past, it takes forever to wash off...

Woman with fake wound
BBC

Guernsey confirm Island Games basketball squad

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Four Guernsey women's basketball players will make their Island Games debuts after being named in the squad for Gotland this summer.

Emilie Batiste, Ieva Babina, Eden Fabbri and Tia Barnett are the new faces, with Emma Hicks and Katie Daunt co-captaining the side.

"The last 18 months has been a transitional period, with a number of familiar faces making themselves unavailable for the games. 

"However, this is a strong squad, with an excellent balance of youth and experience. We are confident that we can not only compete, but challenge for medals," said head coach Pat Ogier. 

Weather in the Channel Islands

BBC Weather

Let's take a look at the weather for the rest of the day.

Jersey

Weather chart
BBC

Guernsey

Weather chart
BBC

Wholesale milk prices are set to rise by 7.5% in April

Guernsey Press

Milk prices  could rise to £1.27 a litre next month because of Guernsey Dairy’s increasing costs.

Guernsey Airport still at a standstill due to fog

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

There's been no let-up in the fog at Guernsey Airport, which is still causing havoc with the flight schedule.

Guernsey Airport runway
NEST.GG

There are still a lot of earlier flights delayed or cancelled, but here is the status of the upcoming flights this evening:

Arrivals - 

  • 15:05 from Dinard cancelled
  • 15:20 from Alderney delayed
  • 15:25 from Southampton delayed
  • 16:30 from Jersey cancelled

Departures - 

  • 13:45 to Dinard cancelled
  • 14:50 to Gatwick delayed
  • 15:40 to Alderney delayed

Things in Jersey seem to be running a lot more smoothly.

There are no major delays other than flights to and from Guernsey.

Guernsey's D-Day servicemen to be remembered on UK memorial

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Guernsey servicemen who died in the D-Day landings will be included on a British memorial for the 75th anniversary in 2019.

It will be partly funded by a £20m UK Government grant and will stand on the coast of France.

D-Day Veteran Jack Rhodes, who lives in Guernsey, says it's important for the next generation to remember what they went through.

D-Day
BBC

Drink-drive crash figures released - 44 in three years caused injuries

Julie Flanagan

BBC Channel Islands News

Drink drivers have been involved in 44 road accidents in Jersey where people have been hurt in the past three years.

The figures - released in response to a freedom of information request - show that 2015 was the worst year, with 20 drink-drive crashes.

The freedom of information request asked how many traffic accidents that resulted in someone needing an ambulance came about because the driver had been drinking and driving.

Drink driving
Getty Images

The figures for 2014 show there were four incidents in Savile Street, three on Mont Sohier, and eight on other roads.

That went up to 20 in 2015, with three on La Route de Maufant.

Last year there were far fewer collisions involving alcohol - just nine, but four of them were on La Route de St Aubin. 

Over the three years, nine crashes involving alcohol caused serious injuries.

Guernsey 'completely unprepared' for nuclear disaster

Simon Fairclough

Guernsey Political Reporter

Guernsey's response to the non-nuclear explosion at the Flamanville Plant in France has been criticised during questions in the States today. 

Deputy David de Lisle claimed Guernsey's government were completely unprepared for a nuclear incident at Flamanville.

But Home Affairs President Deputy Mary Lowe told States members plans to deal with an nuclear incident are robust.

I'm surprised that any States member would suggest that the Bailiwick is totally unprepared for a major disaster, and I would dispute this assertion entirely. There is a comprehensive Bailiwick risk register. In the most unlikely event of a nuclear incident, early detection on-island is provided, monitored 24 hours a day by the Guernsey Meteorological Office."

Deputy Mary Lowe President of the Committee for Home Affairs

Last month there was an explosion in a non-nuclear area of Reactor 1 at Flamanville on the French coast.

Five people reported feeling unwell but none was seriously injured.  

How old is Jersey's female population?

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

If you didn't know already, it's International Women's Day.

Naturally, the Jersey Stats Unit has released this graphic of the age split of women living in Jersey.

The data is from the 2011 census though, so it is six years old...

Jersey women stats
Jersey Stats Unit

Should Guernsey have a petition system like the UK?

Facebook

What do you think about Guernsey following the UK, and looking at introducing automatic debates in the States of Guernsey on petitions that reach a certain number of signatures?  

Deputy Matt Fallaize says it's unlikely to happen any time soon.

You comments on this include:

Martin:  Why not, they seem to waste their time and our money constantly debating the same things.

Mike: Yes I'd go for that.  

Joe : It empowers the pitch fork-waving mob, shifting power from you and me to those who can drum up the most controversy and emotion. That's not a pleasant or legitimate way to run a democracy.

Marcus:  For me, something like this is mandatory for the current states. I'm very disappointed in this chamber so far, very little palpable change, but a lot of hoo hah over this and that.

We assume "hoo hah" is the official term Marcus...

Finance reps given advice on tackling global terror

Guernsey Press

Some of the leading organisations tackling the financing of terrorism have spoken to finance industry practitioners about the role they need to play in a global campaign against terror .

Exercise Resilience: 'A real incident on this scale would be very challenging'

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Jersey's emergency services are being tested on how they deal with casualties and passengers from a fire on a passenger ferry at sea.

The exercise got under way at 10:00. Operations include firefighters putting out a simulated fire and passengers being received and treated at an emergency centre at the harbour. 

Chief Fire Officer Mark James said they needed exercises like this to make sure their training had been properly targeted.

We practice on a daily and weekly basis for the smaller, more routine instances. But an incident of this scale would be very challenging. Obviously it's very unlikely, but we have to be ready. We have to make sure all our plans and procedures work, and that we can all work together effectively in what is a multi-agency response to a major incident."

Mark JamesChief Fire Officer

New campaign to spark Brexit conversation in Jersey

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Jersey's government is launching a "public engagement exercise" to try and understand everyone's "hopes concerns and questions" about Brexit.

Entitled Let's Talk Brexit, the campaign "will not adopt the standard format of a consultation", but will instead be an "interactive forum", with answers being provided by officials and ministers.

Let's talk Brexit logo
States of Jersey

The public will be able to access the campaign through social media, where "islanders are encouraged to tweet, comment and respond to topics and statistics published to generate discussion".

Honorary Police involved in major training exercise

It's all going on at Jersey Harbour today...

Ship fire exercise 'survivors' looked after in reception centre

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

I didn't realise that people had actually been recruited as "survivors" for this emergency training exercise in Jersey.

Lucky for these guys, they made it off the ferry in one piece. 

They do now have to hang around in the terminal though...

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New police headquarters opens

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Jersey's new police headquarters is opening for business today.

After two-and-a-half years of construction, reception opened at 08:00.

It cost £21m, two thirds of which was raised from money which was taken from criminals.

Home Affairs Minister Kristina Moore said the move was long overdue.

One of their locations had been a converted knitwear factory, so you can imagine that the office space and environment has not exactly been conducive to modern working practices. Now, being under one roof in a modern building, will not only be good for morale, it will be good for productivity and relationships within the force."

Deputy Kristina Moore Home Affairs Minister, States of Jersey
Police HQ
BBC

Training exercise in full flow

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Today's emergency service training exercise is now well under way, with the fire service on hand to put out a mythical fire on board this passenger ferry.

Ferry
BBC

At this point in the plot, the ship would have been towed to the harbour, with "casualties" evacuated and taken to a centre set up at the Elizabeth Terminal.

Ferry
BBC

States of Guernsey: What else is on the agenda?

Gareth Owen

BBC Radio Guernsey

There's isn't a big blockbuster debate in the States of Guernsey today, but there are plenty of smaller items on the agenda:

  • The president of Guernsey's Committee for Employment and Social Security, Deputy Michelle Le Clerc, is giving members an update on what her team has been doing
  • Deputy David de Lisle is asking questions about Guernsey's response to the non-nuclear explosion at Flamanville in France last month
  • Deputy Peter Roffey wants to know how children from Alderney and Sark will be affected by the new population management law

You can  listen to the debate live .

Training drills continue with fire service and British Army involved

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Firefighters and other agencies from Jersey's emergency services are testing themselves on how they deal with a fire aboard a passenger ferry.

The exercise, which started earlier this week, has involved a French helicopter, and today the emergency services are bringing people acting as casualties ashore at the harbour.

Exercise Resilient Islands is one of the largest of its kind carried out in the Channel Islands, and simulates a fire on a passenger ferry after a collision at sea. 

French rescue helicopter winching fire fighters onto a ship
BBC

Firefighters were winched aboard yesterday from a French helicopter and this morning they're carrying out drills to put out a fire on the ship, which will have been towed to the harbour.

"Casualties" and passengers will be evacuated from the ship and taken to a centre set up at the Elizabeth Terminal.

The new Police HQ was used for a meeting of senior officers and managers yesterday, and tomorrow the soldiers from the British Army will rehearse their role in assisting the island's civil authorities in an emergency.

New Centenier to be voted in today

BBC Radio Jersey

People in St Martin Jersey are voting for a new Centenier today.

As well as general policing matter, the Honorary Police role is the only one that can charge and bail offenders in Jersey.

It also involves presiding over Parish Hall Enquiries and acting as the Prosecuting Officer before the Magistrates Court.

The polls open at lunchtime and close at 20:00 tonight.

'Everything is pointing towards the fact that Valerie has fallen into the sea'

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The policeman in charge of the investigation into Valerie Jehan's disappearance says the finding of her belongings on a cliff edge suggests she "got into difficulties and fell into the sea".

Mrs Jehan, 75, disappeared on Friday, but personal items such as her bag and phone were found on Tuesday afternoon.

Valerie Jehan/Fire officers
States of Jersey Police/Fire Service

Chief Insp Chris Beechey said the find suggested what they feared, and everything was pointing to Mrs Jehan having fallen into the sea.

Officers said her family had been informed and specially-trained officers were continuing to support them.

Chief Minister sees overseas aid in action on Africa visit

Jersey Evening Post

The Chief Minister has met the President of Rwanda as part of a visit to strengthen ties with three African states.

Weather in the Channel Islands

BBC Weather

Let's take a look at today's weather.

Overcast with mist or fog patches. Occasional rain or drizzle, perhaps persistent this evening and overnight.

Guernsey

Weather chart
BBC

Jersey

Weather chart
BBC

Today's States agenda: Brexit and the Open Market

Gareth Owen

BBC Radio Guernsey

In a rather light agenda, the States of Guernsey will be focusing on Brexit and formally recognising the UK's decision to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty - the process of a member state leaving the EU.

The cost to Guernsey at the moment is thought to be about £400,000, in contrast to Jersey's States budget for Brexit of just over £1.5m.

In other matters to be discussed, Guernsey's Committee for the Environment and Infrastructure wants to bring in plans to place the Open Market Housing Register on to the States' website only, doing away with the paper version. 

You can listen to the debate live .

Brexit
BBC

Travel update: Flight delays in Guernsey

As you may have just seen in Penny Elderfield's video, the fog is back and it's causing lots of problems at the airport this morning.

None of the delayed flights have rescheduled times at the moment.

Arrivals

  • Mail and papers delayed
  • 07:45 to Exeter delayed
  • 08:00 to Alderney delayed
  • 10:15 to Manchester cancelled
  • 10:45 to London City cancelled

Departures

  • 06:50 to Manchester cancelled
  • 07:15 to Southampton delayed
  • 07:30 to Alderney delayed
  • 07:30 to Jersey delayed
  • 07:30 to London City cancelled
  • 08:05 to Jersey and Exeter delayed
  • 08:30 to Gatwick cancelled

Petition system in Guernsey 'a long way off'

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

A system which could see popular online petitions automatically debated in the States of Guernsey is some way off.

Deputy Matt Fallaize, of the States Assembly and Constitution Committee, said he liked the idea, but added that the referendum on island-wide voting was his main priority.

Petition
Getty Images

All petitions on the UK Government website gaining 100,000 signatures or more are put forward for debate in the British Parliament, and last week Jersey's assistant chief minister for e-government announced plans for an equivalent system.

But Deputy Fallaize said it was unlikely anything similar would be in place locally soon.

Delays at Guernsey Airport as the fog rolls in

Penny Elderfield

Reporter, BBC Channel Islands News

These are the scenes at Guernsey Airport this morning...