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Summary

  1. Body found in St Helier: Woman's death 'suspicious'
  2. Keith and Caroline Baker jailed for 'sex-slave' crimes
  3. New Jersey hospital money could come from 'rainy day' fund
  4. Sexting 'on the rise' in Jersey
  5. Final flight for plane seen over the islands for 40 years
  6. New planning policy to discourage 'land banking' in Jersey
  7. More of Fort Tourgis in Alderney cleared for public
  8. Tuesday 4 April 2017

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Suspicious death of woman in Jersey: What we know

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Police in Jersey are investigating the death of a woman in St Helier.

Here's what we know so far:

  • The body of the middle-aged woman was found in a property in Victoria Street this morning after police and an ambulance were called
  • Police are treating the death of the woman, who has yet to be identified, as suspicious
  • A 58-year-old man was arrested at 14:50 on suspicion of murder
  • The arrested man and dead woman were known to each other
  • The two were also known to other people who live at the property
  • Detectives are operating a major incident room at police headquarters and interviewing key witnesses 
  • Crime scene investigators have been carrrying out a forensic examination at the address. Forensic work is likely to be on-going at the scene for some time 
  • The man remains in custody and is due to be interviewed by police "in due course" 
  • A UK Home Office pathologist is due to travel to Jersey later this week to carry out a post-mortem examination
  • Specialist liaison police officers have been appointed to support the dead woman's family
  • Officers have told the BBC there is "no issue of public safety"

Former nursing home to be renovated for junior doctors

BBC Radio Jersey

A former nursing home in Jersey will be renovated so junior doctors can live there.

Politicians have agreed to use the Limes building in St Helier for hospital staff, until it is turned into housing.

The former nursing home was deemed unfit for use as a nursing home, so residents were moved and it closed last year.

Now politicians have decided to refurbish the building to allow junior doctors to live there.

The Health Minister, Senator Andrew Green, said the current building where many junior doctors stay may be demolished to make room for a new facility for outpatients.

Limes nursing home
BBC

Special permit needed for final trislander flight

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Aurigny is waiting on a special permit for the final flight of trislander G-RLON as it is being permanently loaned to Solent Sky Museum.

The plane was retired from service in February and no longer has an operating licence.

If the permit comes through the flight to Lee-On-Solent airfield could take place this week.

Good start for Jersey in European squash tournament

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Jersey have made a strong start to the European Team Squash Championships, which are being held in the island this week.

The tournament involves 15 countries and Jersey's men's team started with a 4-0 win over Lithuania earlier today.

Their women's side were 3-0 victors against Gibraltar, while Guernsey men lost 3-1 to Slovakia on their debut in the event.

The competition comes to an end on Friday.

Murdered woman and arrested man 'known to each other'

Andrew Segal

BBC Local Live

A woman whose body has been found in Jersey and a man arrested on suspicion of murder were known to each other, police say.

The body of the middle-aged woman was found in a property in Victoria Street, St Helier, this morning. A 58-year-old man was arrested at 14:50 on suspicion of murder, Supt Stewart Gull, of Jersey Police, said.

Supt Gull added: "He remains in custody at police headquarters and will be interviewed in due course."

A UK Home Office pathologist is due to travel to the island later this week to carry out a post-mortem examination.

Specialist family liaison officers have been appointed to support the dead woman's family.

Jersey aid helps children return to education in Lebanon

Rob England

BBC News Online

Money given by the States in overseas aid has helped children return to education, and provided people with accessible drinking water, according to Jersey Overseas Aid.

The States funded aid agency said Jersey's donations to UNICEF of £475,000 have "assisted more than 110,000 children return to formal education in Lebanon".

The money also provided "safe water for drinking and domestic use for almost 100,000 people", many of whom live in "crowded makeshift camps".

Results of Guernsey Post 16 young people's survey published

Rob England

BBC News Online

800 students completed the survey in January covering issues such as healthy eating, activity levels, mental health and well-being.

Education Services Lifelong Learning Manager, Alun Williams said: "Most young people report that they are happy with their lives, enjoy school, have colleagues with whom they can share problems and are aware that that they are in control of their health.

"However they are not immune from the pressures that all young people face.

"In particular, there is a significant number who report that they are unhappy and find life stressful."

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Weather: Plenty of sunshine but still chilly

BBC Weather

Clear spells will continue this evening and overnight, feeling a little chilly by dawn. Minimum Temperature: 9C (48F).

Weather map
BBC

After a chilly start it will be a dry and bright day with plenty of sunshine. It will grow a little cloudier from the north later. Maximum Temperature: 12C (54F).

Islanders hit back at claim that calf hutches are cruel

Jersey Evening Post

A dairy farmer has defended keeping newborn calves in hutches following claims of animal cruelty about the practice in the UK.

Changes at the top in education and social security

Simon Fairclough

Guernsey Political Reporter

The chief secretary of Guernsey's Committee for Employment and Social Security, is to stand in as acting chief secretary to the Committee for Education, Sport and Culture on a temporary basis.

It follows a series of other high ranking changes in the civil service.

Malcolm Nutley, who is currently chief secretary to Employment & Social Security, will take on the lead officer role at education until a permanent chief secretary is appointed.

The head of operations at Employment and Social Security, Ed Ashton, will step in behind him.

Paul Whitfield, States of Guernsey chief executive, said the move will mean both committee's continue to receive support from senior civil servants.

He said filling the position full time won't be a rushed decision as finding the right person is the priority.

See the 'house of horrors' the Bakers kept their victim in

BBC News Northern Ireland

A husband and wife who subjected a disabled woman to horrific sexual assaults while holding her as a virtual prisoner in Northern Ireland have been jailed.

Keith, 61, from Guernsey, and Caroline Baker, 56, kept their victim in a squalid room in Craigavon without a carpet, a light bulb, bedclothes or curtains, for eight years.

Speaking to BBC News NI, Mandy Highfield, who alerted police to the case, described what life was like inside the house.

Life inside the 'house of horrors'

Multiple reports of damage to vehicles in Guernsey

Rob England

BBC News Online

There have been multiple reports from Guernsey police of damages to vehicles in the past few weeks:

  • Between 18:45 and 20:00 on Thursday 16 March, motorcycle moved from parked space and damaged, St Peter Port
  • Between 18:00 on 31 March and 14:00 on 1 April , wing mirrors smashed off car, St Peter Port
  • Between 16:30 on Monday 07:30 today, broken windscreen wipers and scratches to body work on vehicle, St Andrew

Funding has 'transformed' lives of vulnerable children

Rob England

BBC News Online

Funding from Jersey to Unicef has "helped transform the lives of some of the most vulnerable children in the world" according to Deputy Carolyn Labey.

In October 2016, Jersey granted £475,000 to UNICEF for projects focused on needy children in Lebanon.

By helping refugee families in this region, we are increasing the chance that they will one day participate in the reconstruction of their tragic country. I’m incredibly proud of what we’re achieving here, and I’m sure the people of Jersey are too. We have not stood idly by, during one of the worst humanitarian crises since the war"

Deputy Carolyn Labey Chair of Jersey Overseas Aid

Man arrested after woman's body found

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

A 58-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the discovery of the body of a middle-aged woman in St Helier this morning.

Jersey police said he was in custody and would be interviewed in due course.

A UK Home Office pathologist is due to travel to the island to carry out a post-mortem examination in a bid to determine cause of death.

Specialist Family Liaison Officers have been appointed to work in support of the family.

Anyone who heard or saw anything out of the ordinary in Victoria Street, St Helier, during the last 24 hours are asked to contact the investigating officers on 01534 612927 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Scrutiny panel proposes alternate plan for hospital funds

BBC Radio Jersey

There are plans to pay for Jersey's new hospital with the States strategic reserve instead of borrowing money.

Scrutiny has proposed a change to plans on how to pay for the new hospital.

It says that borrowing at a time of low interest rates is not unreasonable, but this has to be balanced with the reality that we are living in a very unstable economic period.

Rather than borrow the £400m what you could do is just pay in and the numbers we've had literally hot off the press are about £4m a year, and that would achieve over the 40 years the same as if you'd taken out the bond."

Deputy John le Fondre Financial Scrutiny panel, States of Jersey

Jersey Sport has 'consistent support' from community

Rob England

BBC News Online

Proposals to form a new grant-funded sport organisation in Jersey has had "consistent support from Jersey's sporting community", said the chairman of Jersey Sport's shadow board Constable Steve Pallett.

The shadow board submitted a report in September last year, recommending the formation of the body on the same terms as other grant funded schemes such as Visit Jersey and Jersey Finance.

The States of Jersey has said the motion will be discussed in May.

Second oldest active passenger ship visits Guernsey

Oscar Pearson

BBC Radio Guernsey

Astoria
BBC

The second cruise ship of the season has anchored off St Peter Port today. 

The Astoria arrived five days early due to weather conditions off Scotland. 

It is the second oldest passenger ship that is still in active service.

The ship has 560 passengers on board and has come from Amsterdam.

Players announced for Jersey vs Leicester City match

Police probe after body found: What we know so far...

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

  • Police in Jersey are investigating the death of a middle-aged woman in St Helier
  • The force is treating the death as suspicious
  • Crime scene investigators have started a forensic examination of an address in Victoria Street after the body was found this morning
  • Detectives are interviewing key witnesses and a major incident room is being set up at police headquarters
  • Officers have told the BBC there is "no issue of public safety"

Final flight for plane seen over the islands for 25 years

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

A plane that has flown commercial fights for more than 25 years will make one last flight to become a museum piece.

Aurigny trislander G-RLON
BBC

Trislander G-RLON, which belongs to Guernsey airline Aurigny, will travel to Solent Sky Museum in Southampton, where it will be placed on permanent public display.

It started with the airline in February 1991 and retired in February this year.

The plane has clocked up more than 32,600 flying hours and made 105,130 landings since it entered service in 1975.  

St Helier suspicious death: 'No issue of public safety'

Rob England

BBC News Online

Victoria Street, St Helier
Google

Police have said there is "no issue of public safety" after the body of a woman was found in Victoria Street, St Helier this morning.

"Witnesses are currently helping us with enquiries and we will be able to offer more information later today", a spokesperson said.

Police are treating the incident as suspicious.  

Jailed Guernsey man kept woman in 'house of horrors'

BBC News Northern Ireland

A husband and wife who subjected a disabled woman to horrific sexual assaults while holding her as a virtual prisoner in Northern Ireland have been jailed.

Keith Baker, 61, who was raised in Guernsey, and his wife Caroline, 56, kept their victim in what was described in court as a "house of horrors" in Drumellan Mews.

Their vulnerable victim was kept captive in a room with the handle having been removed from the door of her room and a camera suspended from the ceiling.  

A court heard the room was without carpet, a light bulb, bedclothes or curtains, and the victim was kept there for eight years. 

a squalid room
PSNI

Keith lived most of his life in Kent and was sentenced to 15 years in jail and a further five years on licence after his release. His wife received a three-year sentence - 18 months of that term will be spent in jail, with the remainder on licence.

Some roads closed in Guernsey for police training

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Some roads in the south of Guernsey are being closed today as Guernsey police conduct vehicle pursuit training. 

Police have said they will be closed for a matter of minutes, and islanders should not be alarmed if they see blue lights and sirens. 

According to police, the locations have been chosen to minimise disruption.

St Helier suspicious death: Investigators on scene

Rob England

BBC News Online

Crime scene investigators are conducting a forensic examination in St Helier after the body of a woman was found.

Ambulance crews contacted Jersey police at 10:49 this morning when the body was found on Victoria Street.

Detectives are already interviewing witnesses and a major incident room is being established at police HQ.

The death is being treated as suspicious by police.

Keith and Caroline Baker jailed for 'sex-slave' crimes

BBC News Northern Ireland

A husband and wife who subjected a disabled woman to horrific sexual assaults while holding her as a virtual prisoner have been jailed.

Keith, 61, and Caroline Baker, 56, kept their victim in a squalid room without carpet, a light bulb, bedclothes or curtains, for eight years.

Keith was raised in Guernsey and lived most of his life in Kent. He met his wife when they both worked for the Salvation Army.

Police rescued the woman from the house in Craigavon, County Armagh, in 2012. The woman, who had severe learning difficulties, was emaciated and had only a single tooth left in her mouth.

Keith Baker
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BreakingBody found in St Helier: Woman's death 'suspicious'

Rob England

BBC News Online

The body of a middle-aged woman has been found on Victoria Street, St Helier, police have said.

Officers were called by the ambulance service to the scene at 10:49.

The death is being treated as suspicious.

More details to follow.

Trislander to be on display at Solent Sky Museum

BBC Radio Guernsey

Trislander
BBC

A retired Aurigny plane that's flown more than 100,000 flights is going on display at the Solent Sky Museum

G-RLON joined Aurigny's fleet in 1991 and the airline says it has completed more flights than any of its other trislanders.

The States-owned airline is applying for a special permit to fly the plane to an airfield near Portsmouth this week.

It's flown an incredible thirty odd thousand flying hours, and we think it's probably a world record. It's made more than 100,000 flights.

Mark DarbyCEO Aurigny Air Services

'Every chance' Jersey Reds can win cup

Tim Pryor

BBC Sport

The Jersey Reds chairman says the team has a strong chance of winning a major cup. 

The club will play in Munster in the final of the British and Irish Cup on Friday 21 April at Independent Park in Cork, Ireland. 

It is the first time the club has got to this stage in the tournament.  

Jersey Reds playing London Irish
BBC

We've beaten all of the top teams in the championship, including the guys at the top, twice. It's worth noting as well on that weekend, Munster's first team play in the semi final of the European championships, so they're certainly not going to have any first team players to bulk out their A team. On the form these boys are on at the moment, I think there's every chance we can win."

Mark MorganChairman, Jersey Reds

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Retired aircraft to be displayed in UK air museum

BBC Radio Guernsey

G-RLON
Jon Le Ray Photography

One of Aurigny's retired trislanders has been saved from the scrap heap and is going on display in an aviation museum Southampton. 

G-RLON joined Aurigny's fleet in 1991 and has completed more flights than any other trislander, according to Aurigny Air Services.

The trislanders have been phased out over the past few years and replaced with Dornier 228s.

'Social, legal and emotional' consequences to sexting

BBC Channel Islands News

sexting
BBC

In the last year there has been a growing number of young people "sexting" in Jersey, police figures have shown.

Sharing indecent images of children is illegal, even when a child sends a picture of themself.

In 2013 there was one case of sexting reported to the police, but there have been 17 so far this year. 

We will always encourage young people to consider the social, legal and emotional consequences of sexting because they maybe committing an offence, they may also be suffering in their relationships with other young people. Sexting is very often coercive, its every often indicative of wider sexual pressures they may be feeling."

Sarah GrayCharity, Love Matters

New hospital 'rainy day' funding could push up costs

BBC Radio Jersey

Money could be taken from Jersey's "rainy day fund" to pay for the new hospital instead of the States borrowing it. 

Plans to borrow up to £400m to pay for the new site were rejected by a scrutiny panel.

Some ministers have warned this could push up the overall price of the work.  

Part of the new plan would mean asking the minister to come up with a way to put money back into the fund afterwards. 

The main funding for the new hospital will be debated on 18 April by the States. 

Drainage work 'could cost parish residents £200,000'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Parishioners in St Peter Port could face a £200,000 restoration works bill according to a senior constable. 

Dennis Le Moignan said Candie Cemetery, situated on a hill, hasn't got sufficient drainage which is putting pressure on the structure.

However, the money required has been earmarked for the complete rebuild of the cemetery walls, with £84,000 already committed to the project. 

A decision on the work will be made at an open Douzaine meeting next Wednesday.

Candie Cemetary wall
BBC

A car and a motorcycle damaged in Guernsey

Rob England

BBC News Online

A blue Suzuki Bandit motorcycle parked outside a house on the Route Carre was damaged on 29 March along with a blue Ford Fiesta, which was parked on North Beach car park on 31 March. 

It's not clear what damage was caused.

Guernsey police are appealing for witnesses.

McCluskey says he would oppose Labour to protect workers

Chris Stone

BBC Radio Jersey

The general secretary of the trade union Unite has said he would oppose the Labour party if he felt it was acting against workers' jobs in Jersey.  

Len McCluskey, who has been visiting the Channel Islands as part of his re-election campaign, said that while Unite is aligned with the left-wing party, it must have workers rights as a priority. 

He said if the Labour party moved to take action against Jersey's tax regime, the union could oppose it if it thought the move was against workers' interests. 

We're a union that defends jobs and communities and therefore anybody trying to alter the structures would have to have quite a detailed alternative in place."

Len McCluskeyGeneral Secretary, Unite