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Summary

  1. Fifty years since the Torrey Canyon disaster, 'small amount' of oil remains at Guernsey quarry
  2. Accused refused permission to represent himself in Sarah Groves murder case
  3. Guernsey has seen almost as many foggy days as clear ones this month
  4. Seized dog considered a dangerous breed will be taken away from Jersey - but it's not clear who by or where it will go
  5. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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Sian Davies

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That's it for Local Live this week. We're back from 08:00 on 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.

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Tighter dog walking restrictions after complaints over dog walkers

Chris Stone

BBC Radio Jersey

There could be tighter restrictions on where you can walk dogs in Jersey, after concerns over the number of animals being walked in sensitive areas. 

The constable of St John says there have been many complaints recently about professional dog walkers taking many dogs at a time into sensitive areas such as the north coast - and even school playgrounds.

Dog
PA

Constable Chris Taylor says the law allows you to take up to 12 dogs with you - but they must all be under control. 

He says that he's had lots of complaints that professional dog walkers are taking a lot of animals out at once, and only keeping some of them on leads - the rest are allowed to run freely.

A States working group is looking at the problem.

Guernsey has to be prepared for Torrey Canyon-style oil spill

Rob Byrne

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey has to be prepared to face another environmental disaster, similar to the Torrey Canyon oil spill , 50 years ago. 

Steve Byrne of the GSPCA believes the island's much better prepared now than it was then.

Birds
PA

It's thought the island's wildlife has been free of problems related to the spill since the summer of 2012. 

Mr Byrne says cooperation between his charity and States agencies now puts Guernsey in a more favourable position.

Locate Guernsey chief steps down

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

The man heading up Guernsey's million-pound project that attracts wealth to the island is stepping down. 

Richard Le Tocq - who recently spoke of his confidence that Locate Guernsey can expect a successful 2017 - will join a local insurance company. 

Richard Le Tocq
BBC

Locate Guernsey is funded by the States, with an aim of bringing wealthy individuals and businesses to the Bailiwick. 

Last year the project oversaw 21 relocations, 36 new jobs and nearly £700,000 returned to Guernsey's exchequer.

Mr Le Tocq has been leading the body since its formation in January last year. He'll leave in May. 

New boiler for animal charity

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A gas company has provided a new boiler for an animal charity to help keep their animals safe and warm.

GSPCA's boiler had fallen into disrepair, so Guernsey Gas stepped in with a new boiler.


          Steve Byrne from the GSPCA with Steve Marshall from Guernsey Gas
GSPCA
Steve Byrne from the GSPCA with Steve Marshall from Guernsey Gas

Steve Byrne said the GSPCA was "extremely grateful".

He said: "Without hot water we are unable to carry out many of the tasks required to care for some of the animals we look after."

Birds
GSPCA

"This includes washing oiled sea birds, cleaning out animal enclosures and general cleaning for implements and utensils.

"Staff were having to transport water from other areas, making it quite time consuming."

Police want parents to play active role in children's online lives

Chris Stone

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey Police want parents to play an active role in their children's online lives.

Child
Science Photo Library

In the run up to tomorrow's National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day, island schools and the youth service have been raising awareness of the dangers of being sexually exploited online. 

The authorities want parents to better understand how young people communicate with each other online, reminding them apps which young people chat on can be exploited by predators. 

Torrey Canyon oil still lies in Guernsey quarry 50 years on

Rob Byrne

BBC Radio Guernsey

Fifty years on from the Torrey Canyon disaster, there's still a small amount of oil from the spill at a quarry near the Chouet headland. 

Some 3,000 tonnes were gathered off island beaches and pumped into the Vale site.

Quarry
BBC

The oil was still killing wildlife in Guernsey until a few years ago, but in 2008, a process called 'bio-remediation' helped reduce the amount of the substance on the water's surface at the quarry.   

Charities will get nearly £800,000 from Channel Islands lottery

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Charities will get nearly £800,000 more from the Channel Islands Lottery this year. 

Sales of the Christmas and other tickets raised o £1,250,482 - a record breaking amount. 

Channel Islands Christmas Lottery tickets
BBC

That's despite sales of the Christmas Lottery tickets falling slightly last year. 

Deputy Murray Norton, the Assistant Minister which overseas the Lottery, had aimed to hit the million pounds mark before the current political term finishes.

Seized puppy at animals' shelter while a decision is made about its future

Mike Weir

BBC Radio Jersey

A puppy seized by Jersey Customs is thought to be a pitbull-type breed - which is banned in Jersey - although its owners say its an American Staffordshire terrier. 

Since then, its been held at the animals' shelter while decisions were made about its future. 

Puppy
Veronika Benhakak

Now the assistant minister responsible says that in the interests of the animal's welfare, it would be exported from the island 'in due course'. 

BBC Jersey asked where it would go, who would be taking it, and whether the taxpayer would be paying - but the states communications department told us they weren't allowed to give us that information.

Alcohol abuse is still biggest issue probation service has to deal with

Chris Stone

BBC Radio Jersey

Jerseys probation service says alcohol abuse is still the largest issue it has to deal with in the offenders it supports. 

Alcohol
BBC

The service works with the courts, parishes and prison to reduce re-offending rates. 

It's released its Annual Report for 2016 .

What happens to your blood sample when it's been taken?

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Guernsey's Princess Elizabeth Hospital is opening up two departments for people to see how they work behind the scenes.

The radiology department and pathology laboratories, which tests blood samples, are opening for tours on Saturday 18 and Saturday 25 March.

Radiography
BBC

The tours will take about an hour and a half and will be held at varying times between 10:00 and 12:00 on both days.

To reserve a place contact Summer Goss on 725241 ext 4372 or email  summer.goss@gov.gg .

Film premiere in Jersey War Tunnels

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

The Jersey War Tunnels is hosting a premiere of Another Mother's Son next week.

War tunnels
BBC

Set in Jersey, the feature film tells the true story of Louisa Gould, who sheltered an escaped Russian prisoner ring the occupation. 

Ms Gould's great niece, Jenny Lecoat wrote the script and will be at the screening along with the actor Julian Kostov.

Ministers criticised over student finance ‘inaction’

Jersey Evening Post

Higher education is underfunded in Jersey, and crippling university costs are putting strains on family relationships and leaving some young Islanders unable to study at all, according to a damning Scrutiny report.

New engines named Trudy and Freddy

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Guernsey's two new diesel engines will be renamed Trudy and Freddy next month thanks to suggestions from the public.

Engines
Guernsey Electricity

Guernsey Electricity invited islanders to suggest new names for the diesel engines, which are currently known as 2D and 3D.

Sally-Ann David, asset management director, said: "We thought Trudy and Freddy was a clever play on their original names and gave them a bit of a personality."

Lane returns as Reds host Rotherham

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Wing Rich Lane is recalled to the Jersey Reds side for the first time since his five-month injury lay-off, as one of three changes for the hosts for their match at home to Rotherham tomorrow afternoon.

Joe Buckle returns at hooker in place of Jack Macfarlane, while the fit-again Kieran Hardy comes back at scrum-half.

Rich Lane
Getty Images

"I am very concerned about Rotherham - they beat us earlier on in the year, albeit we had three scrum-halves on the field," head coach Harvey Biljon told BBC Radio Jersey. "They've been very unlucky and they've scored tries against teams, so there's going to be that game where everything comes together for them."

Town parking changes begin as cruise ship season is due

Guernsey Press

Changes to the parking arrangements in town will begin today in preparation for the start of the cruise ship season.

Power cut to 400 properties caused by third party

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Damage by a third party has been identified as the likely cause of the high voltage cable fault which led to a power cut in some parts of St Peter Port on Tuesday.

More than 400 properties in and around Pitronnerie Road and the Bouet lost power at about 08:45.

DialB4You Dig graphic
Guernsey Electricity

Guernsey Electricity engineers were able to restore supplies to some within two hours and then used generators to temporarily reconnect other customers while the repairs were under way. 

Supplies were restored to all customers just after 17:00.

Retired Jurat is made an OBE in palace ceremony

Jersey Evening Post

A retired Jurat was made an OBE during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace yesterday.

Sarah Groves' parents speak to man accused of murdering her

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

The father of Sarah Groves, who was found dead on a houseboat in Kashmir in April 2013, says he has spoken to the man accused of killing her after he said he had a "secret" to disclose.

Vic Groves, from Guernsey, said he spoke to Richard De Wit last month with permission from the jail superintendent in Sringar.

Sarah Groves
BBC

Mr Groves said it was an "unsatisfactory call from which we could not understand his reasons for wanting to talk to us".

"The details must remain confidential but we can reveal that the statements he made were without foundation and confirmed the wisdom of our decision not to travel to Kashmir in order to hear his revelations."

Vic Groves
BBC

Mr Groves said he is glad the court had refused De Wit permission to represent himself and added: "The tail has been wagging the dog for too long and we have been advocating these measures for well over 12 months.

"Hopefully, progress can now be made as there are still 23 witnesses to give evidence out of the 46 listed."

The trial continues.

26,500 x-rays performed every year

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

The radiology team at Guernsey's Princess Elizabeth Hospital perform about 26,500 x-rays and about 13,000 ultrasound examinations every year.

Radiology
BBC

Health and Social Care are organising two days of tours to see ‘backstage' at the department - as well as the pathology laboratories.

The tours will be held on Saturday 18 and Saturday 25 March.

Appeal after bus shelter damaged

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Police are appealing for witnesses after a bus shelter was damaged in Guernsey.

Sometime between 07.45 and 16:30 on Tuesday, 14 March, damage was caused to a pane of glass in the bus shelter opposite L'Eree Bay Hotel, Route De La Rocque Poisson, St Pierre du Bois.

Warm air hitting cold sea is behind Guernsey's increased fog

Rob Byrne

BBC Radio Guernsey

Relatively warm and moist south-westerly air, hitting a colder sea is why Guernsey is seeing more fog at the moment, according to a meteorologist.

Advisor to the British Sailing Team Simon Rowell says that's why this time of year normally sees travel disruption. 

Plane
States of Jersey

But there's been even more fog than average - Guernsey Met Office stats show eight days of fog in March so far - already above the average of 5.1.

February was also particularly bad, with fog on 11 days - almost three times the average.

Same-sex couples could marry in United church

Guernsey Press

While most local churches will not be holding same-sex marriages if the new law is ratified by the States, there is one church in the island where such ceremonies might take place.

BMX bike chain used to repair historic lighthouse

Rob England

BBC News Online

BBC Director General visits islands

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Lord Tony Hall is visiting Guernsey and Jersey today - in the same week the islands' BBC Local Radio stations have celebrated their 35th birthdays.

He has been speaking to staff in Guernsey this morning before heading across to Jersey later.

Tony Hall talking to staff at BBC Guernsey
BBC

Torrey Canyon oil was still killing Guernsey wildlife until a few years ago

Rob Byrne

BBC Radio Guernsey

Fifty years on from the Torrey Canyon disaster, the oil cleared from beaches and dumped in a quarry was still killing wildlife in Guernsey until a few years ago.

In 2008, a process called 'bio-remediation' helped reduce the amount of the substance on the water's surface at the quarry.

Oil
BBC

Rob Roussel, from States Trading Assets, said: "Initially it proved very successful but I think that was partly down to the volume of oil on the surface of the water.

"We did manage to clear the surface of oil but there’s an unknown quantity still in the sediment at the base of the quarry which continues to bubble to the surface. 

"We’re not using bio-remediation anymore because the quantities are so low we can gather things up using absorbent booms to keep the surface clear."

Sunny spells but turning cloudy later

BBC Weather

After some sunny spells it'll turn cloudy later this afternoon. 

It'll feel a little chilly today but it will still be fairly pleasant in the sunshine. 

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

Jersey:

Jersey
BBC

Guernsey:

Guernsey
BBC

Richard De Wit refused permission to represent himself in Sarah Groves murder case

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A man accused of killing a 24-year-old woman from Guernsey who was found dead on a houseboat has been refused permission to represent himself.

Sarah Groves was found dead on the boat she shared with a local family in Srinagar, Kashmir in April 2013.

Sarah Groves
BBC

Dutchman Richard de Wit denies her murder.

At a hearing yesterday the district court dismissed his request to represent himself and the public prosecutor, Mr Syed Maqbool Ahmad made an application to the court to engage legal representation on his behalf.  

All three witnesses in attendance yesterday will be cross-examined by the newly appointed defence lawyers on Wednesday 29 March.

Retailers look set to pass on 9p a litre rise in milk price

Guernsey Press

Supermarkets and shops are saying they will be putting their milk price up to match the higher wholesale price.  

Torrey Canyon oil was dumped in quarry for economic reasons

Bethan Bell

BBC News Online

Fifty years after the Torrey Canyon disaster, oil still remains at a quarry where it was dumped after being removed from Guernsey's beaches.


          The smoke from the bombed tanker could be viewed 15 miles (24 km) away at Land's End
Getty Images
The smoke from the bombed tanker could be viewed 15 miles (24 km) away at Land's End

Rob Roussel, who oversees the quarry for the States of Guernsey, said: "At the time there was no awareness about how to deal with it, and the over-riding concern was the economy, so it was all about clearing the beaches as quickly as possible.

"We would have expected that the oil would have all been released by now but it continues to appear."

Jersey widow speaks out in support of brain tumour charity

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A Jersey woman whose husband died a year after they got married hopes more people will support the work of a brain tumour charity. 

Justin and Emma
Emma Cotillard

Justin Cotillard, a keen footballer and amateur boxer, was diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour after the couple had to cut short their honeymoon in 2015. 

His widow Emma, who's bringing up their one-year-old daughter Mia, wants to help the Brain Tumour Charity raise money to fund research treatment for the cancer that kills more adults under 40 in the UK than any other. 

Castle hospital block could be opened up, if funding is found

Jersey Evening Post

The old military hospital on Elizabeth Castle could be refurbished and opened to the public if funding is made available, it has been announced.  

Supertanker oil reached Guernsey seven days after ship sank

Bethan Bell

BBC News Online

Beaches on the west coast of Guernsey were some of the worst affected when the oil tanker SS Torrey Canyon sank 50 years ago.

The oil hit the Guernsey shore seven days after the ship finally sank - spilling more than 100,000 tonnes of crude oil into the English Channel.

Guernsey
BBC

The island was heavily dependent on tourism and officials were keen to clear the beaches as quickly as possible. 

The chosen solution was to suck the oil into sewage tankers, transport it to a disused quarry and dump it there.

Vinery change of use ‘could set benchmark’

Guernsey Press

Approving plans to house light industry at Extension Vineries in Route Militaire would set a benchmark for other private site owners to follow, it has been argued.  

Shop owner condemns weekend mess-makers

Jersey Evening Post

A businesswoman who had part of her shop sign stolen is asking weekend revellers to have more respect for people’s private property.  

'Jersey is in good position in EU talks'

Chris Stone

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's new Lieutenant Governor says the island is in a good position as it takes part in talks over the UK's exit from the EU. 

LG
BBC

Air Chief Marshall Sir Stephen Dalton took up his role as the Queen's personal representative on Monday. 

He says the UK government does understand the position of the Crown dependencies and says part of his role will be maintaining that relationship.

Guernsey travel: New Road in St Sampson closed

BBC News Travel

  • There are temporary traffic lights up on the Bordage until Monday
  • New Road in St Sampson is closed just for today. This will impact bus routes 11, 12 and 92 
  • Also in St Sampson, Lowland Road is is closed until Sunday
  • Sandy Hook Estate is closed - this means Sandy Hook Road is one-way going inland for the next four weeks. This will impact the P2 bus route

Jersey travel: Flight delayed for operational reasons

BBC News Travel

  • In St Mary La Grande Rue between La Verte Rue and La Rue D'Olive is closed for cable laying works. Diversion signs in place
  • In Trinity there are major resurfacing works on the main road through the parish. They're now working on the section of road by the three businesses at Augre Garage
  • 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

Airport

  • The 09:10 arrival from Guernsey is delayed until 09:40 for operational reasons.

Torrey Canyon oil which reached Guernsey dumped into quarry

Bethan Bell

BBC News Online

Oil which reached Guernsey after the SS Torrey Canyon sank was sucked into lorries and dumped into a quarry.

Years later, micro-organisms were introduced in the hope they would convert the oil over time into water and carbon dioxide. 

Quarry
BBC

However, this has had limited success.

"I don't think they'd have ever imagined that 50 years later the oil would still be there," said Rob Roussel, who oversees the quarry for the Guernsey government.

Puppy seized will be moved from Jersey

Mike Weir

BBC Radio Jersey

A dog seized by Jersey customs because it's considered a dangerous breed will be taken away from the island - but it's not clear who by or where it will go. 

Gulietta was brought into the island last month by a family, who say the dog was originally allowed in by officers. 

Puppy
Veronika Benhakak

The dog came into the island with a pet passport, and its owners say officials were satisfied with its documents. 

They were allowed to take it home. Two days later though, the authorities contacted them and asked them to bring it in for checks.