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  1. Search called off in Jersey for missing woman Valerie Jehan
  2. Jersey road closed to allow helicopter to land for emergency medical evacuation
  3. Rush hour causing 'pollutant spikes' in Guernsey air quality
  4. More fog affecting Channel Islands flights
  5. Updates on Thursday 9 March 2017

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By Chris Quevatre

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Local Live in the Channel Islands

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

That's it for Local Live today, but we'll be back with the final edition of the week tomorrow morning from 08:00.

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

Weather: How long will this fog last?

BBC Weather

The forecast for tomorrow morning is: "Cloudy, with fog or mist patches and the risk of a little drizzle in the morning. Some bright or fair intervals developing late afternoon."

As you can see below, it's looking like another foggy evening in the Channel Islands tonight.  

Here's the outlook:


Weather chart


Weather chart

Reds make five changes for quarter-final

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Jersey Reds head coach Harvey Biljon has made five changes for their  British & Irish Cup quarter-final  against Cornish Pirates at St Peter tomorrow night.  

Simon Kerrod, Jack Macfarlane and Jake Woolmore start in the front row, with Joel Dudley and George Watkins also in. Meanwhile, hooker Nick Selway returns to the bench for the hosts after five months out.

Jersey v Cornish Pirates
Brian Tempest

"It's an opportunity to get excited about something. It is an opportunity to play for silverware, which not many people get to do throughout their careers," Biljon told BBC Radio Jersey .

"The British and Irish Cup is a competition I'm very fond of - we won the inaugural competition against Munster, and I was coaching the Pirates then."

Guernsey has 'nothing to fear' over French presidential candidate

Rob Byrne

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's minister for external relations says the island has "nothing to fear" over the potential election of French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron, who last year said the UK would become "as significant as Guernsey" if it voted to leave the European Union.

As we all know, that vote did leave the UK looking for the exit door, but Deputy Jonathan Le Tocq said any disparaging remarks of the past were "tongue-in-cheek"...

'Just amazing' Sausage nominated for Dog of the Year Award

BBC Radio Jersey

A dog who has brought happiness to elderly residents for years is up for an award at the Crufts Dog Show.

Sausage pays weekly visits to St Ewolds Residential Home in St Helier as part of the charity Hilife Pets As Therapy (PAT).

The charity aims to improve 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 Dog of the Year Award.

All Guernsey flights cancelled

Milk price rise 'could lead to more competition'

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

It's hoped an increase in the price of Guernsey milk will bring competition into the market.

Wholesale milk prices will rise in April, meaning those that sell it could be charging as much as £1.25 a litre to shoppers.

Guernsey Dairy General Manager Andrew Tabel said it was because it was costing farmers and the dairy more to produce milk.

He said the price rise offered shops the chance to undercut each other.


It's not all bad if you've been affected by the fog...

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

For those people who couldn't get back to the Channel Islands either yesterday or this morning, some will have taken an alternative option.

The Clipper left Portsmouth at 09:00 this morning ... and arrives in Guernsey at 21:00 tonight.

Commodore Clipper

I was on the Clipper on Monday, and, as long as you can get to sleep, the time just flies by.

States to run 'population masterclass' sessions for Guernsey businesses

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The States of Guernsey is running "population masterclasses" for local businesses, to show them the new online portal that employers will have to use to apply for employment permits.

The director of Housing Control, Esther Ingrouille, said: "We are especially keen for employers who have not been to our earlier masterclasses to come to one of these sessions, as they need to know how the application process is changing. We don’t want them to miss out on the chance to ask questions about the changes."

The States is encouraging employers of any size, "particularly those who employ people under short-term licences or essential licences".

You can email for a reservation here.

High street

Senator 'ready to jail animal owners'

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Enforcing Jersey's dog laws more strictly will benefit animals and their owners, according to a politician who wants to prevent more injuries to people's pets.

Senator Lyndon Farnham has promised action after a number of reports of injuries to dogs in the island.

He said the law allowed owners to be sent to prison if their animals badly hurt or killed another - and he was ready to enforce that "for everyone's benefit".

Dogs fighting
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Stabbing of horse 'mind-boggling' and 'disgraceful'

BBC Radio Jersey

The Constable of St Peter has described a violent attack on a horse in his Jersey parish as "mind-boggling" and "disgraceful".

Police officers said the animal was stabbed in the face on Monday lunchtime in a property just off St Peter's main road. It's understood the horse was attacked inside a horsebox.

A vet treated it at the scene and the injuries are serious but not thought to be life-threatening.

It's mind-boggling, it's outrageous, it's disgraceful. It's harming a defenseless animal. I just can't think of the words to describe somebody that would go and do that to a poor defenseless animal."

Constable John Refault

Clayton knows Wimbledon aim will be tough

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Jersey tennis player Scott Clayton says the odds are against him taking part in Wimbledon this summer, but it remains his principal aim for the season.

The 23-year-old continues to impress alongside doubles partner Jonny O'Mara, with the pair preparing to play in higher-level tournaments in coming weeks.

Scott Clayton

"I don't think it's much of a secret that my main goal this year to be a part of Wimbledon in some capacity," he told BBC Radio Jersey. "For the first six months of the season I will try and focus more on doubles than singles."    

Aircraft 'trampled' runway light after rejected takeoff

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

An Aurigny aircraft "trampled" a runway edge light before taking off last November, an investigation says.

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According to a report by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch, following an initially rejected takeoff, G-RLON - a trislander plane which was retired last month - ran over the light at Alderney Airport, but the pilot decided to continue with the flight.

A fly-past of tower allowed a visual inspection to see if there was any damage. None was seen.

The report by the AAIB said engineers inspected the aircraft after the flight and found "nothing which they considered to have been caused by the incident before departure."

There were 10 people on board, including the pilot.

A funeral with a difference...

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey residents are being encouraged to pay their respects at a funeral procession with a difference tomorrow.

Alan Le Brocq was a manager at the machinery hire company Heavy Plant.

Tomorrow, his coffin will be collected from the Pitcher and Le Quesne funeral parlour in an eight-wheel lorry.

Then the cortege will be escorted by a crane to the burial at St Matthews in St Lawrence.

Deputy wants TV deal renegotiated

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

A Jersey deputy wants a deal between the BBC and the States over TV licences for the over-75s to be renegotiated.

Deputy Montfort Tadier said the deal - announced by Senator Philip Ozouf in December - should have been put to the States Assembly before being signed.

TV licence

He's lodged a plan demanding that all over-75s should get free TV licences - as in the UK - rather than the means-tested system which Senator Ozouf brought forward, which means many people would miss out.

In a statement, the BBC said Jersey was not covered by the UK deal because it was autonomous, but that the broadcaster would pay for means-tested TV Licences by 2020.

BBC Radio Jersey is awaiting comment from Senator Ozouf.

English sex education changes 'can help Guernsey'

Penny Elderfield

Reporter, BBC Channel Islands News

It's hoped plans to overhaul sex education classes in England will have a positive impact on the lessons in Guernsey. 

Sex and relationships education (SRE) is to be made compulsory in all schools in England. It had been compulsory only in council-run schools. 

The UK Government is going out to consult on what should be taught, and when. 

Local teacher Kate Corcoran said Guernsey could make use of the research carried out, as well as any new teaching resources that were developed.

Aurigny considering new instruments in aircraft to fly in poor weather

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The chief executive of Aurigny says the States-owned airline is considering investing in new technology that will make it easier to operate in poor weather.

It comes as Guernsey Airport was brought to a standstill for a second day due to heavy fog.

Foggy Airport

Mark Darby said he believed that investing in aircraft systems was preferable to making expensive alterations to airport infrastructure.

But he warned it would come at a cost, and, even then, it wouldn't guarantee operation in all weathers.

Kerry Petulla resigns from Jersey FA

Tim Pryor

BBC Sport

Jersey Football Association vice-president Kerry Petulla has resigned, saying she has achieved all she can under the organisation's current structure.

Kerry Petulla
Kerry Petulla

She was appointed less than two years ago, at the time becoming the first woman on the board in the JFA's 110-year history. 

The news came through late last night on International Women's Day.

The JFA has yet to comment.

Search for Valerie Jehan called off, but investigation continues

BBC Radio Jersey

Police have stopped searching for missing Jersey woman Valerie Jehan.

Officers believe it's most likely the 75-year-old fell off cliffs on the north coast.

Emergency services at Devil's Hole

Her disappearance sparked a major search at Devil's Hole, where she was last seen nearly a week ago. 

She was seen on CCTV boarding a bus to the site from St Helier.

Valerie Jehan
Family handout/CCTV

Hopes of finding her faded on Tuesday with the discovery of her phone and handbag halfway down a cliff.

The police have now called off the physical search but said their investigation was continuing and a file was to be prepared for the Deputy Viscount.

Queen’s Sapphire Jubilee bank holiday idea mooted

Guernsey Press

Islanders could have some chance of an extra bank holiday this year .

UK Government 'committed to preserving' Crown Dependency common travel

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The UK Government says it's committed to keeping travel arrangements between the Crown Dependencies and the UK after Brexit.

Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man are part of the Common Travel Area with the UK and Ireland.

Brexit Minister Robin Walker told MPs the open borders arrangements with the islands should continue after Brexit.

The Crown Dependencies - including the Isle of Man - have been part of the Common Travel Area for nearly 100 years. We're committed to preserving that arrangement. We've set out in the White Paper that we'll work with the Crown Dependencies, as well as Ireland, on improving the Common Travel Area."

Robin Walker MPBrexit Minister
Robin Walker MP

Helicopter takes off from Victoria Avenue

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

A section of Jersey's Victoria Avenue was closed this afternoon so an emergency helicopter could land on it.

A "seriously ill person" was taken to the UK, it is understood.

Emergency evacuations such as this would normally take off from the airport, with casualties flown by aeroplane to the UK. But, today, fog affected flying and the aircraft couldn't land at Jersey Airport.

The alternative was to use a helicopter to set down in one of a number of other sites across the island. However, a spokesman for the airport said they were all waterlogged after recent rain, hence the use of the road.

Victoria Avenue was closed just before 12:00 in preparation for the evacuation, with the helicopter taking off just after 13:00.

Watson wins to set up all-British tie

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Heather Watson set up an all-British second round tie against Johanna Konta by beating American Nicole Gibbs at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.

Gibbs took the first set 6-4 before Guernsey-born Watson won the next two sets 6-2, including 10 of the final 12 games.

Heather Watson. Pic: Getty Images
Getty Images

Friday's match will be the first meeting between world number 11 Konta and Watson on the WTA Tour, with their only previous match coming in a second-tier event in 2013. 

Helicopter lands on Jersey road for medial emergency

Horse stabbed in the face in 'deliberate, violent attack'

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

A horse has been stabbed in the face in Jersey, police say.

The animal was attacked at a private premises in La Grande Route de St Pierre, in St Peter, some time between 12:45 and 13:45 on Monday.

A vet attended the scene and provided immediate medical attention. The injury is not thought to be life-threatening.

Jersey Police said it was a "deliberate, violent attack", and that the horse was likely to be disfigured for life. Officers said they were taking the incident "very seriously".

Road closed for medical helicopter landing

Andrew Segal

Local Live

People have been asked to stay away from Jersey's Victoria Avenue while a helicopter lands to deal with a medical emergency.

Police have closed the road.

Emergency services said the aircraft could not land at usual spots because of current weather conditions.

Jersey Airport still covered in fog

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

There are still major delays and cancellations at Jersey Airport today.

You can find the latest information here.

Fog at Jersey Airport
Fog at Jersey Airport

Oil thieves could be targeting Castel properties

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Guernsey Police are advising Castel residents with heating oil storage tanks to be on the look-out for anyone acting suspiciously.

It follows reports individuals might be entering gardens and stealing heating oil from tanks.

Anyone noticing any strange behaviour should contact Guernsey Police or call Crimestoppers.

Oil tank
Getty Images

BreakingHelicopter landing on Victoria Avenue for medical emergency

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

An emergency medical evacuation is taking place on Victoria Avenue in Jersey.

States of Jersey Police tweeted that the evacuation was not part of the yesterday's training exercise, and that the avenue would be closed for about an hour.

View more on twitter
View more on twitter

Search halted for Valerie Jehan but 'investigation continues'

Washed up dolphin to be collected by marine medic team

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

A dolphin that has washed up at Havre des Pas in Jersey will be collected by the British Divers Marine Life Rescue  organisation.

The charity, which described itself as "dedicated to the rescue and well-being of all marine animals in distress around the UK", said it had received phone calls and messages from islanders who had spotted the dead dolphin.

Heather Watson to face fellow Briton Johanna Konta in Indian Wells second round

Guernsey Press

Heather Watson defeated Nicole Gibbs 4-6 6-2 6-2 to set up an all British second-round clash with Johanna Konta at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

The fog: The headlines

Jim Cathcart

BBC Radio Guernsey

It's looking like another day of travel disruption across the Channel Islands, after fog rolled in once again.

Here's some of the facts from the last 24 hours:

  • Only one flight got out of Guernsey yesterday
  • A helicopter was used for an urgent medical evacuation from Port Soif yesterday afternoon
  • Thousands of passengers have had travel plans disrupted
  • 220 Aurigny passengers have travelled to Portsmouth to come to Guernsey on the Clipper
  • There are predictions of more disruption later in the week, even if the fog clears
  • Aurigny chief Mark Darby has warned that aircrew may run out of hours that they can legally work
  • Mr Darby also told BBC Radio Guernsey that Aurigny was in talks about aircraft-based technology that would help planes operate in poor visibility. However, that's at least 18 months away, and wouldn't help in all situations

Health review discussed at Alderney People's Meeting

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Protecting the island in an emergency, transferring the ownership of St John Ambulance, and a review into health and social care.

Those were all among the issues discussed at a People's Meeting in Alderney last night, ahead of a meeting of the island's government next Wednesday.

At the States meeting, members will also be asked to exclude air taxi services in Alderney from falling under the current licensing legislation.

Not much to see at the airport...

Penny Elderfield

Reporter, BBC Channel Islands News

No flights have got in or out of Guernsey yet this morning, and taking a look at the fog, it doesn't look likely any time soon...

Punishing dog owners 'won't reduce likeliness of attacks'

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

A dog behaviourist says punishing owners won't reduce the likeliness of dogs attacks on other animals in Jersey.

The law was updated last May, making it an offence if a dog causes death or serious injury to another animal.

Angry dog
Getty Images

Owners can face an unlimited fine and imprisonment of up to 10 years in the most serious cases.

But Rosie Barclay, a clinical animal behaviourist, said dog aggression could be caused by various emotions, and more understanding was needed about why they happen in the first place.

Travel update: Delays at Jersey Airport

As you've just seen, Jersey Airport is experiencing some fog this morning, meaning some flights are struggling to get in to the island.

Here's some more information:


Flight board
Jersey Airport


  • 08:30 departure to Manchester is cancelled
  • 08:55 departure to Exeter is cancelled
  • 09:55 departure to Guernsey and Birmingham is cancelled

If you tilt your head and squint...

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

We've talked a lot about fog at Guernsey Airport this morning. But it's not the only Channel Island affected. 

You might just be able to make out this shape of an Aurigny aircraft at Jersey Airport...

Plane in mist at Jersey Airport

The departures screen at Jersey Airport is also a sorry sight at the moment...

Flight screen

Presidential candidate who said UK would become 'as significant as Guernsey' edges ahead in the polls

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The French politician who said the UK would become "as significant as Guernsey" if it voted to leave the EU edged ahead of Marine le Pen for the first time in a poll last week.

Guernsey's External Affairs Minister said the island had nothing to fear from centre-left candidate Emmanuel Macron (pictured).

Jonathan Le Tocq said a good relationship with France was important and the disparaging comments  of the past shouldn't be taken too seriously.

Emmanuel Macron