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  1. Jersey women's manager Petulla quits 'untenable' position
  2. Jersey's biggest nursing charity 'pleased' its signed a £7m contract with the States - despite some of its staff facing redundancy
  3. A scrutiny panel claims the States of Jersey doesn't pay enough towards higher education for students
  4. Channel Islands donate £250,000 to help people in famine-hit East Africa
  5. Petition to keep seized puppy in Jersey has nearly 600 signatures
  6. BMX chains replace lighthouse lamp chain
  7. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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Sian Davies

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.

Brain tumour signs were 'clear in hindsight'

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A woman whose husband died less than a year after their wedding said it was clear in hindsight that his brain tumour was growing before their nuptials.

“His behaviour had started to become a bit erratic," Emma Cotillard said of her late husband Justin. 

Emma and Justin
Emma Cotillard

"He would go off and walk around in circles on his own and sometimes his speech was a bit slurry.  

“We all assumed it was pre-wedding anxiety - we never thought for a second that he might have a brain tumour.

“But everyone in the congregation on our wedding day noticed that he wasn’t quite right.

Emma and Justin
Emma Cotillard

“Looking at the wedding photos now, you can see that the right side of his face is droopy.”

Emma is speaking out through  The Brain Tumour Charity  in support of Brain Tumour Awareness Month, which funds vital research and provides support to families like Justin, Emma and their baby Mia.

Islanders encouraged to donate to famine appeal

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

The President of Guernsey's Overseas Aid and Development Commission is urging islanders to donate to an emergency appeal to help those on the brink of famine in East Africa. 

Yesterday the States announced it was giving £50,000 to the appeal, and Jersey has given £200,000.


Deputy Emilie Yerby believes the situation in East Africa is dire.

She said: "It means at least 1 in 5 households are in the very worst situation of food deprivation, so for some of these households that's been going on for three years or more so they don't have the reserves to cope with any more shocks to their resources.

"One in three children in the area are acutely malnourished and that comes with a whole burden of disease and delays to their development and it means a doubling of the regional death rates."

Decline in funding affecting higher education students

Chris Stone

BBC Radio Jersey

A scrutiny panel claims the states doesn't pay enough towards higher education for Jersey students. 


In a new report it says the current house isn't to blame, as funding has declined for at least the past 10 years. 

The panel says the states must consider a student loan scheme quickly, and that the tax system should be changed to allow more money to be made available to people who need it.

'Daddy is a star in the sky'

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A little girl whose dad died of a brain tumour when she was a baby knows that daddy 'is a star in the sky'.

Emma Cotillard's husband Justin died of a brain tumour aged 29.

Emma said she talks often to their daughter Mia, now 18 months, about Justin and how much he loved her.  

Emma and Justin
Emma Cotillard

“She knows that daddy was poorly and had to go away, and that now he’s a star in the sky. 

"Every night before she goes to bed we go out into the garden and she looks up at him.

“I truly believe Mia was sent to me to give me a reason to carry on. I miss Justin every single day but I know he would be so proud of her."

Father dying of brain tumour 'held on' to know his daughter was well

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A father who died of a brain tumour "held on" to know his daughter was well before he died, his wife says.

Justin Cotillard's wife Emma, who is speaking out to mark Brain Tumour Awareness Month, said: “Towards the very end, when Justin wasn’t conscious, the nurses kept telling me ‘This is it'. 

"But he was hanging on for something and none of us could work out what it was.

Emma and Justin
Emma Cotillard

“The only thing I could think of was that he hadn’t seen Mia for two days as she’d had chicken pox and wasn’t allowed into the hospice.”

Staff at the hospice decided to waive the rule so that Justin could see his daughter one last time.

“I went back into his room, lay down next to him on the bed and told him that Mia was on her way. That was when he let go. He died knowing that she was ok.”

Care home expansion recommended for approval

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

An open planning meeting at Les Cotils next Wednesday will consider the expansion of Guernsey's Le Platon residential home. 

Planners are recommending approval - with conditions - for extra accommodation, a courtyard and a new parking area. 

But concerns have been raised over the development's impact on neighbours.

Stress of brain tumour diagnosis caused young mum to go into early labour

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A mother went into early labour over the stress of her new husband's brain tumour diagnosis.

Emma Cotillard gave birth to baby Mia five weeks early - and hours later her husband Justin had to fly from Jersey to Southampton for his first radiotherapy session.

Emma and Justin
Emma Cotillard

At the same time, Emma fell dangerously ill with pre-eclampsia - a pregnancy-related condition that causes high blood pressure.

“We had a new baby, I was sedated for three days and Justin was miles away undergoing radiotherapy,” Emma said.

“For a month, Justin was only able to come home at weekends. Those days we all had together were so precious."

Botterill to lead Jersey women on Saturday

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Former Wales international Jodie Botterill will take charge of the Jersey women's side for their friendly with the Royal Navy on Saturday, following the resignation of Simon Petulla.

Petulla stepped down this morning, alongside assistant boss Charlie Petulla, goalkeeping coach Jason Carpenter and performance coach Jimmy Kelly, due to disagreements with the Jersey FA (JFA).

Jodie Botterill
BBC Sport

Botterill, who has been  named in the squad  for this summer's Island Games in Gotland, will lead the side alongside JFA community coach Daniel Seviour.  

Seized puppy could be sent away from Jersey

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A puppy which Jersey Customs seized as a suspected pitbull-type banned breed could be sent away from the island.

A Minister has granted an export licence for Gulietta whose owners claim she's an American Staffordshire terrier and they have the documents to prove it. 

Veronika Benhakak

A States spokesperson says in the interests of the animal's welfare, the dog in question will be exported from Jersey in due course. 

At the moment she's being cared for at the animals' shelter. 

'They gave me two weeks to take my husband home before he died'

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A new wife was told her husband had two weeks to live after he was diagnosed with a brain tumour aged 29.

Emma Cotillard was initially told in June 2015 that her husband Justin might live for two years with surgery and treatment. 

But by the October a scan showed the tumour had regrown and was spreading quickly.

“They gave me two weeks to take my husband home before he died,” said Emma, who is sharing her story now through The Brain Tumour Charity in support of Brain Tumour Awareness Month.

Justin defied the odds and survived for a further seven months to see his 30th birthday and then Christmas.

BBC School Report: Pupils meet Olympic gold medalist

BBC School Report

It's  BBC News School Report  Day - where 900 schools across the country turn their classrooms into newsrooms.

Sam Queck

On Good Morning Jersey, Josh, Max, Liam and Logan from  Le Rocquier School  helped out with weather and travel updates, plus budding journalists Lilly and Betty met Olympic gold medalist Sam Quek.

Here they are wearing her "heavy" medal!

Sam Queck

Petition to keep seized puppy in Jersey has nearly 600 signatures

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A petition asking for a puppy seized by Jersey Customs to be returned to its owners has been signed by almost 600 people.

A total of 592 people have signed the petition asking for puppy Guiletta to be returned.

Veronika Benhakak

She was seized after it was suspected she was a pitbull-type banned breed, and is being cared for at the animals' shelter.

A States spokesman said she will be exported from Jersey in due course.

Questions over items in Alderney being discussed behind closed doors

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A recently-elected politician in Alderney is questioning whether items should be debated behind closed doors ahead of discussions in the States chamber. 


Tony Barnes says it's a problem that matters are discussed in private by the Policy and Finance Committee - which all Alderney States members are part of - before the public debate. 

Mr Barnes was speaking after last night's States meeting. Politicians in Alderney agreed to adopt a report's recommendations on the state of healthcare in the island, giving authorities more of a say in the services islanders receive. 

The report also suggested administering chemotherapy locally and establishing better systems of data collection. One of its authors, Professor Philip Wilson, has now been invited back to Alderney to conduct further research.

Man, 29, diagnosed with brain tumour weeks after wedding

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A Jersey woman has spoken about losing her husband to a brain tumour less than a year after their wedding - and vowed to help others affected by the disease.

Emma Cotillard

Emma Cotillard was on honeymoon with her 29-year-old husband Justin in June 2015 when he began to experience memory loss and confusion so severe that he did not recognise his new wife.    

Emma and Justin
Emma Cotillard

“He woke up one morning and started screaming at me to get out of his room,” said Emma, 33.   

The pair cut their honeymoon short and an MRI scan revealed Justin had a glioblastoma - the deadliest form of brain tumour in adults.

School shares code words to help prevent online grooming

BBC Radio Jersey

A Jersey school has shared a set of code words with parents to prevent their children being groomed online. 

Science Photo Library

Le Rocquier School has sent out a list of code words young people use to communicate which could also be exploited by predators. 

They include codes for specific sexual activity, drug taking and requests for pictures and video.

Analysis: Petulla quits as Jersey women's manager

Tim Pryor

BBC Sport

Simon Petulla's decision to resign  as Jersey manager is a huge blow for women's football in Jersey, on the back of the cancellation of the Muratti.

Petulla and his coaching staff have raised the profile of the women's game in the island to the extent that there's as much of a buzz around their fixtures as the men's matches.

The team's first ever Island Games gold medal, achieved on home turf at Jersey 2015, was for many the standout, defining moment of the Games.

Charlie Petulla and Simon Petulla

They leave behind a big hole that the Jersey FA will now need to fill at short notice, with a friendly against the Navy just a couple of days away and then the defence of the gold in Gotland this summer.

Perhaps former boss Tony Hoyland could step in at short notice, or JFA community coach Daniel Seviour, or experienced player Jodie Botterill might fancy the role.

'Little appetite' to set up radio station in Guernsey

Rob Byrne

BBC Radio Guernsey

As BBC Radio Guernsey celebrates its 35th birthday today, the station manager when it was launched has told us the driving force behind the local service's creation was the States of Guernsey.

Tony Talmage says there was little appetite in the BBC to set up comprehensive local radio stations in Guernsey and Jersey.

Radio Guernsey

He said: "The implacable force of the States of Guernsey, and Jersey to be fair, met the immovable object of the BBC and eventually they came to a compromise."

BMX bike chains used to repair Corbiere Lighthouse in Jersey

Rob England

BBC News Online

Bike chains have become a part of island history by replacing the original Corbiere Lighthouse lamp chain. 

Lighthouse keeper Mark Turner was looking for a new chain as part of the restoration work. 

The chain had not been changed since the lighthouse was built in 1874, more than 140 years ago.

Chains from BMX bikes were found to be the only type that would fit. 

The lighthouse chain was made out of five individual BMX chains that were joined together

Jersey ales win medals at international contest

Chris Stone

BBC Radio Jersey

Ales brewed in Jersey have won gold and silver at an international competition. 

The Liberation Group's Craft Pale Ale claimed the top prize at the International Brewing Awards.

The original Liberation Ale got silver. 

They were up against more than 1,100 beers and ciders from more than 50 countries.   

31 homes to be built in St Helier after appeal

Sarah Bailey

BBC Radio Jersey

A total of 31 homes will be built in St Helier following an appeal.

A total of 26 one-bedroom and five two-bedroom apartments will be built at Minden Place - including three shops.

Minden Place

Jersey's Planning Committee originally turned down the application saying it wouldn't fit in with the character of the location, and didn't have any onsite parking.

But an independent planning inspector said the benefits in terms of social housing were grounds for the development to go ahead.

It's expected to be completed by 2019.

BBC Radio Guernsey originally broadcast for an hour a day

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

When BBC Radio Guernsey first launched it broadcast for just an hour a day.

Radio studio at BBC Radio Guernsey

There were four staff when the station launched on 16 March 1982 - and it is celebrating its 35th birthday today.

It's now grown to nearly 40 staff serving the islands for more than 80 hours a week on the radio - as well as TV and online.

Flights affected due to weather

BBC News Travel



  • 12:20 from Guernsey is delayed until 12:45
  • 13:10 from Southampton delayed until 13:40


  • 09:30 to Guernsey got airborne at 12:09



  • 06:30 newspaper plane was diverted to Brussels, and the mail plane is delayed.
  • 09:50 Flybe arrival from Jersey is delayed
  • 10:30 Aurigny flight from Alderney is delayed
  • 12:30 Aurigny flight from Alderney is delayed
  • 13:00 Aurigny flight from London Gatwick is due at 13:30
  • 13:15 Aurigny flight from Bristol is due at 13:35


  • The 12:00 Flybe flight to Jersey is delayed until 12:30

Difficult to get price right for historic sites

BBC Radio Jersey

The head of Jersey Heritage says it's difficult to get the price right when it comes to attracting visitors to historic sites.

Jon Carter was speaking after the group launched a new campaign to get more local people to visit Elizabeth Castle.

Elizabeth Castle

Love Your Castle aims to raise awareness of the site's importance to the island's heritage and environment with a series of open days taking people into areas normally closed to the public.

Women bowlers lose British Isles final by one point.

BBC Sport

The Jersey ladies fours could not have got closer to a gold medal at the British Isles Indoor Bowls Championship Finals in Belfast.

They trailed to Ireland 15-7 after 14 ends, pulled back to 18-18 on the last allocated end.

But, on the extra end required to decide the match, the Jersey fours lost by just one shot and the final, 19-18.

In the men's senior final Channel Islands lost 20-17 to the Scotland champions.

Mostly cloudy today with some outbreaks of rain overnight

BBC Weather

This afternoon will be dry and bright with some spells of mild sunshine. The maximum temperature will be 13C (55F).





Are famines always manmade?

BBC World Service

The UN has declared that South Sudan is in the grip of famine - and the Channel Islands have given £250,000 towards the aid effort.

Aid agencies have pointed the finger not at crop failure, weather or some other environmental problem. 

Humankind long ago figured out how to avoid famine

Humans, they say, have created this misery – misery which could easily have been avoided. 

The UN has also warned that conflicts in Yemen, Somalia and Nigeria mean there could soon be famine in those countries too, creating “the largest humanitarian crisis since the creation of the United Nations” in 1945.   

Care in the Army has improved, former soldier says

BBC Radio Jersey

A former soldier says the culture of care in the Army has improved in recent years.

It comes as the island's welfare officer for Veterans UK says not all doctors are aware of how best to treat people with mental health problems as a result of their service. 

Nick Spratley

Nick Spratley, himself a veteran, said: "We have made inroads. I feel that soldiers of all ranks are better at expressing themselves, it's not seen as a stigma now.

"It used to be 'just man up and get on with it, what are you moaning about' whereas now throughout training and command people will listen and they do understand."

Jersey Reds forward Freeman to join Exeter Chiefs

BBC Sport

Jersey Reds forward James Freeman is joining Premiership side Exeter Chiefs. 

James Freeman
Sue Armes

Freeman, who has captained Jersey this year, has signed a two-year deal with Exeter from the start of next season. 

He's the latest in a growing list of forwards departing St Peter, with Pierce Phillips, Simon Kerrod and Sean McCarthy also all leaving in the summer.

Duty to help East Africa famine 'that is destroying families'

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Two-hundred thousand pounds sent from Jersey to famine-hit East Africa will pay for food rations, hygiene kits and essential medical supplies.

Douglas Melville, from Jersey Overseas Aid Commission, is concerned the situation will get worse before it gets better.  

South Sudan

"Really what we're facing now is a catastrophic situation where people are dying and it's going to get worse, and it really is incumbent on the people of Jersey, frankly as part of the wealth that we have here, to be sharing that with people in other countries who are facing this kind of tragedy that is destroying families and societies."

Five BMX bike chains replace 140-year-old lighthouse chain

Five BMX bike chains have become a part of island history by replacing the original Corbiere Lighthouse lamp chain. 


Lighthouse keeper Mark Turner was looking for a new chain as a part of the restoration work.   

It had not been changed since the lighthouse was built in 1874, more than 140 years ago.   

Bike chain

After much searching a particular kind of bike chain - one from a BMX bike - was found to be the only type that would fit. 

Student loan scheme 'should be priority'

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A student loan scheme for Jersey should be a priority to make sure island students get the help they need at university, according to a new report from scrutiny. 


The education panel has published a report looking at the shortcomings of the current system for funding local students through higher education. 

It claims that the system is underfunded compared to other European jurisdictions - and that there needs to be a change to the system to make sure the money that is available can be targeted at those who need it the most.

BBC Radio Guernsey celebrates 35th birthday

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

BBC Radio Guernsey celebrates its 35th birthday today.

BBC Radio Guernsey

When the station was born, on 16 March 1982, there were only three TV channels and the launch of BBC Radio 5 Live was many years away.

Until BBC Radio Guernsey came along, the island had no dedicated radio service.

Medical experts being advised about how to help veterans

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey doctors and mental health experts are being advised about the help available to former servicemen and women suffering from post traumatic stress. 


The islands welfare officer for Veterans UK says not all practitioners are aware of how best to treat people with mental health problems as a result of their service. 

Organisation Rock 2 Recovery is visiting the island this week, which was set up by a former soldier who found music was a good way to overcome his own problems.

BreakingJersey women's manager Petulla quits 'untenable' position

Tim Pryor

BBC Sport

Jersey's women's football manager Simon Petulla has resigned saying his position had become untenable. 

Simon Petulla

Petulla led the team to their first Island Games gold in 2015 and a record 9-0 in women's Muratti win last season. 

His departure comes just two days before a friendly match against the Navy and a week on from his wife Kerry's decision to quit as Jersey FA Vice President. 

Petulla's assistant coach Charlie Petulla, goalkeeping coach Jason Carpenter and performance coach Jimmy Kelly have also left as part of today's announcement. The Jersey FA is yet to comment.  

Newspaper plane diverted to Brussels

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Guernsey's newspaper plane has been diverted to Brussels this morning.

The West Atlantic flight was due to land in Guernsey at 06:30 but has been diverted.

West Atlantic
Guernsey Airport

It comes as other flights are delayed due to weather conditions, including the mail plane.

We have asked West Atlantic for a comment.

Mostly cloudy today with some outbreaks of rain later

Dan Downs, Weather Forecaster

Misty and murky conditions will linger for a time this morning. 

Cloud will gradually lift through the morning, and some bright spells will develop.

The maximum temperature will be 13C (55F).

BBC weather for the South West

The fog is back but have we had more than usual?

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The fog is back again this morning, blanketing parts of the Channel Islands in a misty glow - something my young son describes as "pirate weather". 

Jersey Met say the fog is likely to persist around the coast for the rest of the morning and will return again in the afternoon and evening. It is likely to be worse in Guernsey.

Fog from BBC Radio Jersey

After several days of fog causing serious disruption at the airports earlier this month I decided to find out if we really have had that much more fog than usual.

The figures, from the Jersey Met Office showed there had been 11 fog days at Guernsey Airport in February, compared to an average of four days. There were seven days at Jersey Airport compared to an average of five.

March isn't over yet so we don't know just how many we've had but I can tell you Guernsey has already passed the average number of days for fog in March - it's had six days compared to an average of five.

Jersey travel: Restrictions at Green Street roundabout still in place

BBC News Travel

  • In Grouville there are temporary traffic lights outside the Co-op in La Rue a Don 
  • In St Mary, La Grande Rue between La Verte Rue and La Rue D'Olive is closed for cable laying works. Diversion signs posted
  • In Trinity there are major resurfacing works continuing on the main road through the parish. They're now working on the section of road by the three businesses at Augre Garage - you have to ask to get access to the three businesses - access is only available from Upper Trinity
  • In St Helier there are lane restrictions at Green Street Roundabout, weekdays between 09.15 to 15:00
  • In St Helier, Market Street and Halkett Street have sections closed to pedestrian access for excavation works for a new electrical supply. There's still access to the premises in the area 
  • In St Helier there are pavement works and narrow lanes in Conway Street
  • A section of Old St Johns Road, by the Little Sisters of the Poor, is closed to through traffic to replace a public light. If you need to get to properties north of the works, you can go via the cemetery entrance. If you need to get just below the works, you can go via St Aubins Road 

At the airport, departures are running on time, but there are a couple of delayed arrivals due to weather conditions.

  • The 08:05 from Manchester is delayed until 09:05.
  • The 08:35 from Exeter/Guernsey is delayed until 09:30