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Summary

  1. Officer suspended over cut-off 999 call from man found dead
  2. Valerie Jehan death 'not suspicious', inquest told
  3. Police deploy additional officers to ports and airport after Westminster terror attack
  4. Guernsey 'not used as location' for Potato Peel Pie film
  5. Heather Watson loses Miami Open qualifier
  6. Updates on Thursday 23 March 2017

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By Sian Davies

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That's it for Local Live today but we're back from 08:00 tomorrow with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather in the Channel Islands.

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Lords call for World Trade Organisation membership for Channel Islands

The House of Lords European Union Committee is calling for the UK Government ' to support Jersey and Guernsey ' in ensuring the UK’s World Trade Organisation (WTO) membership is extended to cover them, as it already does the Isle of Man.

The committee also recognised that Jersey should be given the opportunity 'to participate in future trade agreements with countries beyond the EU'.

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The extension of WTO membership is a key priority for Jersey and I am pleased to see that this is called for by the Lords EU Committee."

Sir Philip Bailhache Minister for External Relations, Jersey

Fly tipping 'task force' to be created in Jersey

Rob England

BBC News Online

A task force to catch businesses 'fly tipping' is to be launched in Jersey.

The Department for Infrastructure and the Department of the Environment said businesses might be tempted to avoid using the proper facilities to avoid proposed charges to non householder waste.

If the new waste charges gain States approval, the new task force will be created before the charges are implemented.

Jersey people have pride in their environment and will not want to see it spoiled by irresponsible people who are happy to let other law abiding citizens foot the bill for disposing of their waste."

Deputy Eddie Noel Minister for Infrastructure, Jersey

Specsaver Aviation 'open minded' about developing Guernsey fleet

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

The chief pilot at Specsavers Aviation says he's open minded about developing the company's Guernsey based aircraft fleet.

Private plane landing
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The two planes which are used to support the business currently operate around 1,200 flights each year, carrying 10,000 passengers. 

But Nicholas Davies says he won't rule out bringing in larger or longer-range aircraft in the near future.

Changes to housing plan address concerns of neighbours

Chris Rayner

BBC Radio Jersey political reporter

Architects say they've addressed the concerns of neighbours over a scheme for new homes on Jersey's old gas works site. 

Planning officials have approved in principle a plan for 253 houses on the currently vacant site at Tunnell Street.

Gas works
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The Town Constable, Simon Crowcroft, said he'll push ahead with his calls for an extension to the Town Park, describing the development as 'town cramming'. 

Ian Macdonald, the director of the project's architect Axis Mason says the changes lessen the effect on the surroundings.

Call for UK government to ensure relationship with Channel Islands remains strong

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A report from the House of Lords is calling on the UK government to ensure its relationship with the Channel Islands remains strong during the Brexit negotiations.

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The House of Lords EU Committee says there are areas where the priorities could come into conflict such as in trade and financial services. 

Lord Boswell, the Chairman of the European Union Select Committee, warned the relationship could get strained as the negotiations go on.

Jersey Royals to get celebrity plug at Covent Garden kiosk

Jersey Evening Post

A Jersey Royal pop-up kiosk fronted by  celebrity farmer and TV presenter Jimmy Doherty is due to open in London’s Covent Garden next month.

New housing development 'too large'

BBC Radio Jersey

St Helier's Constable Simon Crowcroft says a new housing development at Gas Place is just too large for the area. 

Planning officials have approved in principle a plan for 253 houses on the currently vacant site at Tunnell Street. 

An earlier scheme had been turned down after residents complained it was too large. Constable Crowcroft says the Town Park should be extended instead. 

Guernsey film will represent the island 'in the very best way'

Jim Cathcart

BBC Radio Guernsey

The film adaptation of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society will represent the island in "the very best way" despite not being filmed there, the film's producer has said.

Paula Mazur said: "That's kind of the process of making films - you have to weigh everything out, you have to make the numbers work, you have to make it work creatively as well."

Book cover
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"The island of Guernsey was so wonderful, and the marketing and tourism gang have been just incredible. 

"We did a lot of research on the island and everyone has come over to look at the towers, the bunkers, the hospital, we've done a lot of research on the island. 

"We intend to represent the island the very best way we can."

Announcements to aid bus passengers

Guernsey Press

Bus stop announcements have been recorded at the Jubilee Hospital Radio station to be used on the new CT Plus bus fleet.

Brexit impact will be 'significant' for Crown Dependencies

The consequences of Brexit on the Crown Dependencies will be " significant ", a House of Lords committee has concluded.

The  European Union Committee report  has called on the government to ensure the Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey are "fully involved and engaged."

It also urges Parliament to remember its "unique constitutional responsibilities" to all three.

The Crown Dependencies are not part of the European Union or the UK so did not vote in the 2016 referendum.

Flags
PA

Ambulance officer suspended for a year for not following up 999 call

Rob England

BBC News Online

An ambulance station officer has been "suspended for a period of twelve months" for failing to follow up an aborted 999 call from a man who was later found dead, a hearing has heard.

A competence committee of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) found Jason Garnham to have failed to instruct a call-taker to fill in the appropriate call logs. 

He was also alleged to have not listened to a recording of the aborted call or ensuring the police or ambulance were dispatched to his location.

Ambulance
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Groundsman Alan Hamilton, 65, phoned the St John Ambulance on Guernsey at 18:13 on 9 July 2014 but the call was cut off and attempts to call him back were unsuccessful.

Mr Hamilton was found dead in the groundsman's hut at the King George V playing fields at 07:40 the following day.

Matthew Kewley, representing the HCPC at the hearing in Southampton said: "There is no suggestion whatsoever that any of the alleged failings in any way contributed to Patient A's [Mr Hamilton's] death." 

Mr Garnham declined a request for a response from the Press Association. ends

Police deploy additional officers to ports and airport after Westminster terror attack

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

The States of Guernsey Police is reviewing its response to the Westminster terror attack and say the force will deploy additional officers to the ports and airport over the coming days. 

Guernsey Police
Guernsey Police

It says it's a measure to reassure the public - but not because of any specific intelligence about an attack in Guernsey. 

It will also carry out enhanced checks on people arriving into Guernsey - as it has since the attacks in Paris in 2015.

BreakingValerie Jehan death 'not suspicious', inquest told

Naomi Dunning

BBC Radio Jersey, Reporter

The Inquest into the death of 75-year-old Valerie Jehan has been adjourned.

Mrs Jehan was last seen getting off a bus at Devil's Hole on Jersey's north coast on Friday 3 March. 

Nine days later her body was discovered three miles off Noirmont and DNA was used to confirm her identity. 

Valerie Jehan
Family/CCTV

The inquest heard that the death was not suspicious and the body can be released for the funeral.  

Results of the post-mortem have yet to be revealed.

'I wandered lonely as a cloud'

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Met officers in the Channel Islands are reminding us how clouds have inspired poetry and art across the centuries.

They're highlighting the importance of clouds in the science of weather forecasting.

Clouds over Channel Islands
BBC

It's part of World Met Day, to highlight the contribution of their work to society's well-being. 

You're being asked to tweet your cloud pictures to Jersey Met Office and experts will help you to identify them.

Career break Met Police officer pays tribute to terror victim PC Keith Palmer

BBC Radio Guernsey

The warden running Alderney's bird observatory, John Horton, is on a career break from the Met Police and has paid tribute to PC Keith Palmer, who was stabbed during yesterday's terror attack in Westminster .

Three other people, including the attacker, also died. Teacher Aysha Frade was killed after being hit by the car on Westminster Bridge.

Keith Palmer and Aysha Frade
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Mr Horton said: "I think when you put on the uniform you always think at the back of your mind it could be you - you always hope it's not going to be you.   

"Huge respect to the officer who tackled the terrorist with the knife he may have saved other people's lives but sadly lost his own. 

"Condolences to his family, it's very sad."

'Military operation' to shoot film in Guernsey

Jim Cathcart

BBC Radio Guernsey

Producer Paula Mazur said The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society film budget has been reduced, and is part of the reason why the film will not be filmed in the island.

She told BBC Radio Guernsey: "We were looking at locations here. At that point we were only shooting two-and-a-half to three weeks, that was the plan. 

Potato
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"In previous versions of the film it was definitely considered, it's just it's hard to bring everything over. The budget we're working with now isn't quite what it was back then so that's a consideration as well.

"It's not just about money - it's really about logistics. It's very hard to bring an entire film crew into a place. 

"We've got a tonne of people and equipment and it all has to be shipped over, so I think it's just so complicated to make a film. Logistically it's a military operation."

Travel Update: Lowlands Road in Guernsey due to reopen tomorrow

BBC News Travel

Jersey

  • There are temporary traffic lights in St Peter's Valley from the road that takes to you St Georges Prep to the Vic in the Valley for roadside works. Expect delays especially at peak times
  • 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, the resurfacing works continue 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
  • In St Helier there are lane restrictions at Green Street roundabout weekdays between 09.15 to 15:00 as they continue the works there 
  • In St Helier, Seaton Place between Seale Street and Gloucester Street is one-way to westbound traffic for water mains renewal works. Access via Gloucester Street only
  • In St Helier the pathway between the estates at Close de la Ville is closed for excavation works

Guernsey

  • In St Sampson, Lowlands Road is now due to re-open tomorrow 
  • Also in St Sampson, there will be temporary traffic lights up on le Bas Courtil from 18:30 this evening until 07:00 tomorrow 
  • Sandy Hook Road is one-way going inland for around the next two weeks. This affects the P2 bus route
  • Rue a L'Eau in Castel is closed until tomorrow 
  • There are temporary traffic lights on the Bordage until tomorrow 
  • Tower Hill is one-way- downhill - for three weeks
  • At the airport, the 13:00 arrival from Gatwick is now due to arrive at 14:00

Jersey to play Leicester youth side

James Law

BBC Sport Online

The Jersey FA have announced that their senior men's team will play a friendly against Leicester City's Under-23 side at Springfield on 5 April.

Leicester's first team are reigning Premier League champions, and former Jersey boss Brian Little played a part in arranging the fixture.

Martin Cassidy
BBC Sport

"I'm really pleased it's happening and hopefully we can set up a regular fixture that will also include games for the women's team too," said Jersey manager Martin Cassidy. "We need to keep networking until we get a fixed games programme for Jersey senior players."

Increased presence of police officers in Guernsey following London terrorism attack

Guernsey Press

Security measures in Guernsey have been reviewed this morning following yesterday’s terror attack in London which left four people dead.

Concern over Guernsey Post delivery times

BBC Radio Guernsey

There's concern about the increasing length of time it's taking Guernsey Post to complete some delivery rounds.

Post box
BBC

It's just one of the issues raised by the consumer group PostWatch Guernsey in its annual report. 

It also highlighted concerns about delays to legislation allowing the regulation of postal services to be transferred to the States Trading Supervisory Board.

Cloudy and wet afternoon

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy and wet afternoon, with more persistent rain moving up from the south. 

The rain is likely to be heavy at times. It will feel cool, with a brisk north-easterly wind. 

The maximum temperature will be 9C (48F).

Weather
BBC

Photograph clouds to celebrate skills of weather forecasters

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

You're being asked to photograph clouds in the Channel Islands for a day of celebrating the skills of weather forecasters. 

Jersey Met Office is highlighting the role of clouds in predicting the weather. 

Clouds at airport
BBC

They're joining their counterparts across the world to mark the contribution of their work to society's wellbeing. 

You're being asked to tweet your cloud pictures and met officers will help you identify them.

Architects address neighbours' concerns over Jersey homes plan

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Architects say they've addressed the concerns of neighbours over a scheme for new homes on Jersey's old gas works site. 

Planning officials have approved in principle a plan for 253 houses on the currently vacant site at Tunnell Street. 

Gas works
Google

An earlier scheme was turned down following concerns from residents about the scale of the development. 

Ian Macdonald, the director of the project's architect Axis Mason says the changes lessen the impact on the surroundings.

Channel Islands Heritage Festival begins in April

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey, Sark, Herm and Alderney will feature heavily in the annual Channel Islands Heritage Festival which begins in early April. 

Heritage
BBC

The theme is heroes, myths and legends and the aim is to reveal the islands' history through guided walks, tours and special openings of historic buildings. 

Dr Jason Monaghan from the Guernsey Museum says it will appeal to locals and, crucially, tourists.

Vernon flies in for Comic Relief to delight of St Peter’s pupils

Jersey Evening Post

TV presenter Vernon Kay travelled to the Island yesterday under the close watch of storm troopers to raise money for Comic Relief.

Report calls for World Trade Organization membership to be extended to Channel Islands

Damian Wrigley

Reporter, BBC Radio Guernsey

A report released today is calling on the British government to work with Guernsey's to ensure World Trade Organization membership can be extended to the island. 

In the event of the UK not agreeing an exit deal with the EU, trade with the bloc will default to WTO rules, which currently don't cover the Channel Islands.

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The report says although no Crown dependency citizen had the right to vote in last year's referendum, its outcome will have a significant impact on them all. 

Three priorities exist for the dependencies, including maintaining the centuries-old constitutional relationship with the UK, keeping as far as a possible the current benefits of the EU and evolving our identities while respecting the UK's constitutional obligation to represent all three in defence and international relations. 

GSPCA reports possible cases of bird disease

Guernsey Press

Chaffinches, goldfinches, house sparrows and pigeons have been showing possible symptoms of a deadly bird disease , the GSPCA has said.

Film will bring 'new wave of tourism' to Guernsey despite not being filmed there

Jim Cathcart

BBC Radio Guernsey

The producer of the film adaptation of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society says it will bring a "new wave of tourism" to the island despite not being filmed there.

Paula Mazur said filming in London "felt like the best way to go for the majority of the film - people can sleep in their own beds, which is always preferable".

Paula Mazur
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She added: "That said, Guernsey is stunning and we are determined to celebrate its beauty and charm. 

"We think this film is going to encourage a whole new wave of tourism to the island."

Guernsey flags fly at half-mast following Westminster terror attack

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

The Union Jack is flying at half-mast on Guernsey's States buildings today as a sign of respect for those who died in the terror attack in Westminster yesterday.

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BBC

Four people died and dozens were injured  in the attack.

Keith Palmer and Aysha Frade
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Keith Palmer and Aysha Frade

The dead officer has been named as PC Keith Palmer, 48, a husband and father.

One of the pedestrians killed by the car has been named as Aysha Frade, who worked at DLD College London.

The attacker has not been named by police.

Flanker Graham to join Newcastle

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Flanker Gary Graham has become the latest Jersey Reds player to clinch a move to a Premiership club for next season.

The 24-year-old will join Newcastle after completing the rest of this season on the island, with Simon Kerrod, Pierce Phillips and James Freeman also leaving Jersey.

Gary Graham
BBC Sport

“Gary is a tenacious forward whose physicality has impressed us," said Newcastle director of rugby Dean Richards. "He has been a very consistent performer for Jersey in the Championship, he defends well and is strong over the ball."

Neighbours unlikely to appeal Guernsey residential home extension plans

Rob Byrne

BBC Radio Guernsey

It looks unlikely neighbours of Le Platon Residential Home will appeal a decision to allow the site to be extended. 

Planners yesterday agreed the development could go ahead, despite concerns about the impact on nearby residents. 

Planning Advisor at law firm Mourant Ozanne, James Le Gallez, represented some of the neighbours - and says there's not much more they can do.

Report says Channel Islands relationship with UK must be protected in EU talks

BBC Radio Jersey

A report says the Channel Islands relationship with the UK must be protected in any future arrangement between the islands and Europe. 

The House of Lords report flags up possible areas where UK and Channel Islands priorities could conflict in Brexit talks.

The House of Lords EU Commitee says while the islands didn't have a vote on the Brexit referendum they still have a relationship with Britain and the EU. 

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The report stresses any future relationship between Europe and the Channel Islands must not damage the island's relationship with the UK. It also identifies possible areas where priorities could come into conflict. 

These include the ability to trade freely, the financial services sector and the ability to attract EU citizens to live and work in Crown dependencies.

Guernsey not used as location for island film

Jim Cathcart

BBC Radio Guernsey

Film producer Paula Mazur has said that "logistics" is the reason behind a Guernsey-based novel not being filmed in the island.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is on day five of filming in London, with landscape shots from Devon and Cornwall being used.

Book cover
BBC

Ms Mazur said: "It's mostly about logistical issues - there is no film infrastructure on Guernsey so everything has to be brought over. Every light stand, every make-up trailer, every person has to be brought in so that was really the key aspect."

The film is mainly being shot at studios in Ealing, west London. The production company will shoot a scene in the Boundary Estate in east London between 9 and 11 April.

Inquest to open into death of Valerie Jehan

BBC Radio Jersey

An inquest opens today into the death of Valerie Jehan. 

Valerie Jehan
Family/CCTV

Mrs Jehan went missing on 3 March after getting off the bus at Devil's Hole.

Her body was found by a passing fishing boat off the coast of Noirmont on 12 March.

Police reassure public after Westminster attack

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

States of Jersey Police are reassuring the public they have the ability to respond to any incident here if necessary following yesterday's terror attack  near the Houses of Parliament.

Map
BBC

A States police spokesperson says armed officers are on shift at all times. 

Flags to be flown at half-mast after London terror attack

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

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Four people died and dozens were injured after an attacker drove a car along a pavement in Westminster, stabbed a policeman and was shot dead by police in the grounds of Parliament.

The dead officer has been named as PC Keith Palmer, 48, a husband and father.

PM Theresa May said the attack on Wednesday was "sick and depraved" and struck at values of liberty, democracy and freedom of speech.

The attacker has not been named by police.

Guernsey 'not used as location' for Potato Peel Pie film

BBC Radio Guernsey

Filming is under way on the big screen adaptation of the novel, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, but Guernsey isn't being used as a location. 

Instead, the French film company StudioCanal is shooting footage in east London and at other locations in England. 

Book cover
BBC

Guernsey politicians and civil servants have been in contact with producer Paula Mazur over a number of years and she's visited the island for meetings and to view locations. 

In 2012, £60,000 was ring fenced by the former Commerce and Employment Department to try to encourage filming to take place in Guernsey. 

But yesterday, in a press release announcing the cast list, it became apparent that filming will only take place in England.