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Summary

  1. St Helier murder probe: Police call for witnesses
  2. Missing man Steven Corbet's cause of death 'unascertained'
  3. Post-16 survey gives insight into Guernsey's young people
  4. Trislander G-RLON takes off on 'final flight'
  5. Jersey FA say Leicester match will be 'a fantastic experience'
  6. Updates on Wednesday 5 April 2017

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That's all from us for today. We'll be back with all the latest news, weather, travel and sport on Thursday from 08:00.

Don't forget  BBC Channel Islands News on BBC One  later.

There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

Trislander to stay at Lee-on-Solent while museum space prepared

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Trislander G-RLON has arrived at Lee-on-Solent airfield from Guernsey on its way to becoming a museum piece.

It will stay at the airfield while its display space is prepared at Solent Sky Museum.

Missing man had anti-depressants in body

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

A man whose body was found in a Guernsey forest six months after he went missing, had anti-depressants in his body .

Judge Graeme McKerrell, coroner at an inquest into the death of Steven Corbet, returned an open verdict today.

A report from Home Office pathologist Dr Russell Delaney said there were traces of mirtazapine in his body, but no other drugs were found. He described the body as "extensively decomposed".

He said: "Due to the condition of the body it was not possible to ascertain the cause of death. 

"There was no positive evidence of ante mortem injury but it is clearly not possible to entirely exclude an injury that damaged soft tissue only.

"In a man of this age and with past medical history it is possible that he died of natural causes. Other possibilities to consider include overdose."

Mr Corbet's body was identified using the serial numbers on a left knee replacement he had in 2012.

Guernsey's heath service under pressure from 'ageing population'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Health scrutiny committee Guernsey
BBC

Guernsey's Health Service locally has seen more pressure from an ageing population, according to the president of Guernsey's Health and Social Care Committee.

Deputy Heidi Soulsby also told a scrutiny panel that the department should spend more money on social care by making savings of up to £5.2m.

However, the Policy and Resources Committee has already said it would like to see any money saved return to general revenue.

Common holes filler ‘a mistake’, says council

Guernsey Press

The use of what has been labelled 'builder’s rubble' to fill in holes on L’Ancresse Common was a mistake that will soon be rectified , the vice-president of the Vale Commons Council has said.

'It's absolutely devastating' - raising awareness of smear tests

BBC Channel Islands News

A woman from Jersey whose stepmother has been diagnosed with cervical cancer at the age of 35 is trying to raise awareness of the importance of having a smear test.

Jade De Abreu's stepmother, Lisa has been diagnosed with stage four terminal cancer.

Lisa, who lives in the UK, failed to have a smear test for nine years believing she was too young to get cervical cancer.

Women in Jersey are offered screening every three years from the age of 25 but unlike the UK are not automatically invited for their first test. 

Jade De Abreu
BBC

You never think it's going to happen to you, you go to work, you take your kids to school, you come home, you walk the dog, you don't ever think 'I need to go and book that smear because I need to make sure I'm clean and clear', it's not nice, nobody enjoys it, but it's a must."

Jade De Abreu

Collision at Queen's Road/Mount Row junction

BBC Radio Guernsey

Emergency Services are attending a two-vehicle collision, which is blocking the filter at the junction.

Motorists are asked to avoid the area.

Weather: Sunny spells

BBC Weather

It will remain dry overnight but the skies will turn cloudier across the islands, allowing only limited clearer spells. Minimum Temperature: 9C (48F).

Weather map
BBC

Thursday will be another dry day for us all, with variable amounts of cloud, light winds and bright or sunny spells for most, especially during the afternoon. Maximum Temperature: 12C (54F).

Guernsey Post to vend 'Post & Go' stamps

Rob England

BBC News Online

Guernsey Post has announced that it will vend "Post & Go" stamps from the Smith Street Post Office in St Peter Port from 21 April to 31 August 2017.

The exhibition kiosk that will dispense the stamps will arrive in Guernsey next week and will vend Guernsey flag stamp strips, the post office said.

Guernsey stamp
Guernsey post

We are confident that the addition of a Post & Go machine at Smith Street during the busy summer months will prove popular with existing customers and cruise ship visitors alike. We’re really looking forward to seeing it go live later this month."

Bridget Yabsley Head of Philatelic, Guernsey Post

Volunteers needed for prison monitoring panel

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's committee for Home Affairs is looking to recruit volunteers to serve on the Independent Monitoring Panel.

The role is a key part of making sure there is a consistent standard of care in Guernsey prison for officers and staff, police said.

Members of the panel look at day-to-day life in the prison via regular, unannounced visits. 

The work is unpaid, and takes a few hours of volunteers time each month.

Guernsey Prison
BBC

A diverse pool of volunteers enables us to tailor our response to each request we get utilising the skills and experience that we have in the most effective way possible. Someone who has good IT and report writing skills is just as important as the good listener who is able to see both sides and act as an independent mediator when needed."

Wendy Meade Independant Monitoring Panel Chair

Missing man death cause 'unascertained'

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

The cause of death of a man whose body was found by children in woodland six months after he went missing remains unresolved, an inquest has concluded .

Steven Corbet, 59, was last seen on 27 June 2016, the day he was released from police custody after being held overnight.

His body was found on Christmas Eve near the pine forest in Guernsey.

Steve Corbet
Guernsey Police

At an inquest at Guernsey's Magistrates Court, the coroner, Judge Graeme McKerrell, recorded an open verdict.

The inquest heard Home Office pathologist, Dr Russell Delaney, determined the cause of death as "unascertained".

Campaign to highlight the ecological benefits of bats

Jersey Evening Post

A campaign to raise awareness of the importance of bats is due to be launched next month .

Guernsey's promotional companies should work closer together

BBC Radio Guernsey

Bringing together the different bodies promoting Guernsey to the world could benefit the island, according to a speaker at an Institute of Directors event today.

Iain Beresford said they also need to consider whether the island's being promoted in the right way.

Mr Beresford argued that bodies like Locate, Visit, and We Are Guernsey should work more closely to "maximise the impact of their budgets".

Iain Beresford
BBC

Minister of State hopes Alderney visit will happen soon

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Sir Oliver Heald MP was "very disappointed" to have to defer his visit to Alderney today, due to mechanical problems with his flight from Southampton to the island.

He has served as Minister of State at the Ministry of Justice with responsibility for the Crown Dependencies since 2016.

His office told the BBC Sir Oliver was looking forward to meeting the president again and other members of the States and he will reschedule a visit as soon as possible. 

Jersey vs Leicester U23s team updates

Tim Pryor

BBC Sport

Jersey midfielder Jack Boyle is unavailable for tonight's friendly against Leicester City Under-23s.

Calvin Weir and Max Thompson both return to Martin Cassidy's squad for the match at Springfield.

The fixture, kicking off at 20:00, is part of the island side's preparations for the Muratti and Island Games and you can hear live commentary on BBC Radio Jersey .

Guernsey's greatest risk to investment is 'talking itself down'

BBC Radio Guernsey

A woman who sits on the boards of a number of Channel Islands companies has said all islanders have a part to play in ensuring Guernsey presents "its best face to the world".

Meriel Lenfestey spoke at an Institute of Directors panel session this morning at St James on how Guernsey can best present itself as an attractive location to outside investors.

She said that while Locate, Startup, and Visit Guernsey all have their part to play, she believes the greatest risk is the island "talking itself down on social media".

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Relaxing new look for child support centre pool room

Jersey Evening Post

A hydrotherapy pool at a centre which supports children with special needs has undergone a £20,000 transformation.

Dry afternoon and mild night

BBC Weather

It will be a dry afternoon across the islands with variable amounts of cloud and sunny spells.

A rather cloudy night will follow, but it will remain dry. It will remain mild under the blanket of cloud. Minimum temperature: 9C (48F).

weather
BBC

Teachers injured in France 'still recovering'

BBC Radio Jersey

Two teachers from De La Salle College, who were badly injured in an alleged hit-and-run in the French Alps, are still recovering from their injuries in the UK, according to the school. 

Both were initially treated in hospital in France but have now been moved to the UK. 

French police said the driver left the ski resort of La Clusaz and was later arrested.  

The Assistant Head Teacher at De La Salle, Tim Sylvester, said the pair are making "good progress" and are expected back for the start of the new academic year. 

UK MP in Guernsey to learn about 'local insurance'

Rob England

BBC News Online

The chair of the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Insurance and Financial Services has been in Guernsey to learn about "the local insurance industry", a States spokesperson has said.

Craig Tracey MP met with a number of locally based insurance companies to gain "a greater understanding of the industry in Guernsey". 

It was an excellent opportunity to meet lots of Guernsey businesses and trade bodies which really highlighted the possibility to work more closely together in the coming years.”

Craig Tracey MP

Guernsey finance industry 'a priority' in Brexit - Bob Neill

BBC Radio Guernsey

The chairman of a committee looking into Brexit has said that the island's finance industry is a priority in future Brexit negotiations, not least because of its relationship with the City of London.

Bob Neill MP spoke to business leaders at the Guernsey International Business Association's annual general meeting.

When we are negotiating on behalf of the City of London we remember that Guernsey actually supplies about £25bn worth of liquidity into the London markets. So the arrangements we have for keeping equivalents to get access to the single market for British financial services applies to Guernsey."

Bob Neill MP Chairman UK Justice Select Committee

Build up: Leicester City vs Jersey under-23s

Tim Pryor

BBC Sport

Tonight Jersey face the under-23 team from Premiere League champions Leicester City. 

While this certainly isn't the Leicester first team - the fact that the Foxes are the reigning champions certainly adds interest to this game at Springfield. 

It's a chance for the Jersey manager Martin Cassidy to learn more about his squad before the matches against Guernsey and the trip to Gotland for the Island Games. 

Former professional Jack Boyle is unavailable, but Cassidy has called upon Calvin Weir who returns to the squad after missing the Muratti semi against Alderney. 

Young midfielder Max Thompson also returns - he's back from university for Easter. As for the visitors, midfielder Hamza Choudhury and Denmark under-19 international goalkeeper Daniel Iversen are included along with experienced midfielder Dean Hammond, who has spent time on loan at Sheffield United. 

The match kicks off at 20:00 at Springfield. Tune into BBC Radio Jersey for full coverage in a Sportscene Special. 

New planning rules 'counter productive'

BBC Radio Jersey

New rules on planning permission in Jersey will create more "red tape" and be "counter productive" to the industry, a major Jersey property developer has said.  

Jersey's planning minister Deputy Steve Luce said the move would promote economic growth and discourage companies from sitting on undeveloped land. 

The planning minister has been removing regulation in order to try and get development going, we welcome that sort of thing, we really don't understand why you would bring the permits down from five years to three years. That's actually counter productive, it's creating more red tape and he's dong exactly what the States say they're not doing.

Ben LudlamLe Masurier

Sunrise in Guernsey

BBC Weather Watchers

Guernsey
BBC

Trislander takes flight for new home

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Trislander G-RLON leaving Guernsey Airport on its way to Lee-on-Solent Airfield where it will stay until it goes on display at Solent Sky Museum.

UK justice minister postpones visit to Alderney

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Sir Oliver Heald MP, Minister of State at the Ministry of Justice has postponed his visit to Alderney today, according to the president of the States of Alderney.

He has responsibility for relations between the UK and Channel Islands and was due to meet with the president, States members and others.

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Guernsey Water: Stats for March

Rob England

BBC News Online

Trislander G-RLON takes off on 'final flight'

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

A commercial plane that served the Channel Islands for more than 25 years has taken off on its last flight.

The Trislander, which belongs to the Guernsey airline Aurigny, will fly to Solent Sky Museum in Southampton, where it will be placed on permanent display.

To date it has clocked up more than 32,600 flying hours and made 105,130 landings.

G-RLON takes off from Guernsey Airport
BBC

Jersey FA say Leicester match will be 'a fantastic experience'

Tim Pryor

BBC Sport

Jersey face the under 23 team from league champions Leicester City. 

The match kicks off at 20:00 at Springfield, there will be full coverage on BBC Radio Jersey in a Sportscene Special. Ian Mackenzie is vice-president of the Jersey FA and says it will be a great chance for Jersey payers to test themselves against top class opposition.

We are playing against professionals who are for them at the early days of what they will all hope is going to be a glittering career. For our players to play against players of that level will be a fantastic experience for them and hopefully for people who come along to Springfield to watch professionals in action.

Ian MackenzieJersey FA, Vice President

Alderney 'desperate' for direct flights to Jersey

BBC Radio Guernsey

The group tasked with attracting new air operators to Alderney is upbeat about the potential of a new airline serving the island within a few months. 

Alderney's Airport Action Group met yesterday to discuss Air Alderney's progress.

Steve Roberts from the Action Group says the company is applying for an Air Operator Certificate to allow it to fly passengers and freight commercially. 

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It's also looking at premises for staff, an airport base and a reservations office in St Anne. 

Mr Roberts says locals are "excited" at the prospect of having a choice of operator and one that will enable people to fly to Jersey to take Easyjet flights from there to Gatwick.  

Guernsey: Island-wide voting referendum 'should be binding'

BBC Radio Guernsey

St Peter Port
BBC

Guernsey's politicians will be asked to make the outcome of the island's first ever referendum binding, a committee president has said.

States members will debate the referendum, on island-wide voting, in June. 

Deputy Matt Fallaize, who is the president of the committee behind the proposals, said the States should make a binding agreement to implement the results if a certain turnout is achieved. 

Developer says market should determine when building should happen

BBC Radio Jersey

A major island property developer says Brexit and Donald Trump are creating uncertainty in the construction industry. 

Ben Ludlam from Le Masurier spoke after Jersey's planning minister cut the time limit on planning permission from five years to three. 

Deputy Steve Luce said the reduction would promote economic growth and discourage companies from sitting on undeveloped land. 

But Mr Ludlam said the market and not Deputy Luce would determine when the "time is right to build".

Aurigny Trislander to make 'last journey' today

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

The Trislander G-RLON, which belongs to Guernsey airline Aurigny, will travel to Lee-on-Solent Airport today, ahead of being  placed on permanent public display  at Solent Sky Museum in Southampton.

The aircraft will be making its final journey from Guernsey Airport at about 11:30-12:00.

An Aurigny spokesperson said: "It will be on the eastern runway, and people will be able to see it leave from the upstairs of the terminal or from the spotters' car park."

Trislander G-RLON
Jon Le Ray Photography

Shoppers encouraged to give to Easter foodbank

BBC Radio Jersey

The Methodist Centre in St Helier has asked people in Jersey to buy a little extra over Easter when they go shopping, and donate it to their foodbank. 

Over the next week from today there will be shopping lists and collection boxes at the Grand Marche in town, so shoppers know what to buy and can donate in the shop.

Sarah Keenan-Fox from St Helier Methodist Centre said contributions are vital, it's easy to donate and it can make a huge difference.

St Helier death: Arrested man to be questioned today

Rob England

BBC News Online

The 58-year-old man who remains in police custody following the death of a woman yesterday, will be questioned again today.

A UK Home Office pathologist will be coming to the island today to undertake a post-mortem to establish the cause of death.

Victoria Street
BBC

A Jersey police spokesperson said: "The property in Victoria Street, St Helier, where the victim was found remains secured and will be subject to further forensic examination.

"Enquiries are on-going in order to establish the last known movements of the deceased, whose identity we hope to be able to confirm later today."

Mourant lawyers successfully oppose scheme of arrangement

Guernsey Press

Lawyers from Mourant Ozannes in Guernsey are claiming an island first in successfully opposing the sanction of a proposed scheme of arrangement in the Royal Court, where a property holding company was pursuing a takeover of itself.

Four-digit license plates released to buy in Jersey

Rob England

BBC News Online

The States of Jersey have released 10 four-digit registration plates to purchase from the Driver and Vehicle Standards (DVS) offices.

Normally they are available at auction, but occasionally they are released to buy.

The plates are priced at £2,500.

The numbers available are:

  • J2709
  • J2869
  • J3420
  • J4605
  • J4680
  • J5691
  • J6268
  • J7881
  • J8257
  • J9825 

Jersey vs Leicester U23, who are you supporting?

Rob England

BBC News Online

Woman, 88, warned not to drive after licence suspended

Jersey Evening Post

An 88-year-old woman whose licence was suspended by a parish constable as a result of alleged eyesight problems has been warned not to get behind the wheel after she appeared in court on charges of driving without a valid licence and insurance.

Chair of UK's Justice Select Committee visits Guernsey

BBC Radio Guernsey

Maintaining the Common Travel Area and minimising disruption to the finance industry, post-Brexit, were some of the topics discussed by the chairman of the UK's Justice Select Committee in Guernsey last night. 

Conservative MP Bob Neill was the keynote speaker at the Guernsey International Business Association's annual general meeting.