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Summary

  1. Jersey murder probe continues
  2. --- Suspect released on bail
  3. --- Woman found dead in property named as Ana Maria Pereira De Sousa Rebelo, 51
  4. --- A post-mortem revealed the victim was strangled
  5. Man jailed for eight-and-a-half years for indecent images of children
  6. Murder trial 'hope' for family of Sarah Groves on fourth anniversary of her death
  7. Use of Jersey flag by Spanish politicians 'tacky'
  8. Runway extension in Alderney 'not viable'
  9. Updates on Thursday 6 April 2017

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Doctors warn of increase in risk of bowel cancer for over 50s

Rob England

BBC News Online

Doctors at Jersey General Hospital have warned islanders of the increased risk people of 50 face from bowel cancer.

Dr David Ng said: "There is an increase in people under the age of 50 being affected by bowel cancer, and the lifetime risk of cancer is that it affects one in 15 men and one in 17 women.

"It is the fourth most common cancer. Bowel cancer can occur in younger people, but eight out of 10 people who get cancer of the bowel are over the age of 60."

Jersey General Hospital
BBC

He added: "There is absolutely no need for anyone who is worried about a change in their bowel habits to be worried about seeing their GP.

"Your GP will not be embarrassed and neither should you be."

The States of Jersey offers free bowel cancer tests to people from the age of 60.

Indecent images case: 15 year sentence 'to protect society'

Emma Chambers

BBC Channel Islands News

A man has been sentenced to eight and a half years in prison by Jersey's Royal Court. 

Karn Damien Laffoley, 42, from Jersey, pleaded guilty to making, possessing and distributing indecent images of children as well as breaching restrictions previously set on him.

He had been on the sex offender registrar since 2009 prior to the verdict.

His latest offence involves 434 images, 19 of the level 4 category, which is the second most severe.

On passing sentence Jersey's Bailiff William Bailhache said: "It's for the protection of society and for yourself."

Gibraltar Brexit issues are no threat to Jersey

Jersey Evening Post

Jersey will not face similar issues to Gibraltar during Brexit due to its different relationship with the UK compared to the Mediterranean territory, a spokesman for the External Relations Department has said.

A look at the weather for this evening and tomorrow

BBC Weather

It will be a clear and chilly night across much of Jersey, leading to a touch of frost and the odd patch of mist or fog in some places by dawn.

weather
BBC

Friday looks set to be another dry and bright day with some good spells of sunshine for all. Maximum Temperature: 15C (59F).

Police urge people who saw murdered woman to come forward

Jersey police are urging islanders who saw Ana Maria Pereira De Sousa Rebelo in the days before her body was found to come forward.

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Jersey boss Martin Cassidy 'proud' of side despite Leicester U23 defeat

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Jersey boss Martin Cassidy says he is "really proud" of his side despite their 3-0 friendly defeat by Leicester Under-23s at Springfield on Wednesday.

Martin Cassidy
BBC Sport

"Some of our football was really good and really brave, especially through the middle of the park," Cassidy said.

"I'm so proud of the performance and attitude - they gave it everything."

Chief Minister's Office responds to proposed reforms

Rob England

BBC News Online

The Office of the Chief Minister of Jersey has responded to recent reforms proposed by a senator.

States sign
BBC

The reforms restrict any one person serving, or acting as chief minister for more than two terms. 

The proposals are similar to the rules used in republican systems of government such as France and America.

The Office of the Chief Minister has said there is "no need" for a term limit as the Queen is the head of state.

It is for the assembly to elect a chief minister, and States members can make their own decisions about whether someone should be re-elected more than once. Once elected, all chief ministers must maintain the confidence of the assembly and can be removed by States members at any point if that confidence is lost."

Chief Minister's Office, States of Jersey

Defective tumble dryer fixes ongoing in Guernsey

BBC Radio Guernsey

Islanders with faulty tumble dryers are being offered an "alternative option", Guernsey Electricity said. 

Guernsey Electricity recently wrote to tumble dryer manufacturer Whirlpool to urge them to do more to resolve the ongoing issue with some models.

A safety defect was identified in November 2015 and since then Whirlpool has been dealing with an estimated 3.8 million potentially faulty machines across the UK, including thousands in the Channel Islands.

The modification programme is continuing at a rapid pace, and Whirlpool has confirmed that they will continue to have have two engineers in the island working with Valpy’s to deal with the list of machines needing modification. They anticipate completing that list by the end of May."

Malcolm Woodhams Guernsey Electricity retail manager

Indecent images sentencing: Laffoley a 'predator'

Emma Chambers

BBC Channel Islands News

Police have described a man sentenced today in Jersey's Royal Court as a "predator".

Karn Laffoley, 42-year-old, was sentenced to eight-and-a-half years in prison after he plead guilty to multiple counts of distributing images of children being sexually abused, and breaking restraining orders.

Karn Laffoley
States of Jersey Police

Laffoley had been in and out of jail in the UK and Jersey over the past eight years for making and distributing indecent images of children.

One of the victims, a nine-year-old girl, was abused after Laffoley contacted her mother on a online dating website.

The mother then began sending indecent images and movies of her daughter to him.

Police described Leffoley as "a predator, grooming a woman in order to obtain images of an innocent child. His behaviour is nothing short of abhorrent".

Doctors encourage people to check for bowel cancer

Rob England

BBC News Online

Doctors at Jersey General Hospital are encouraging islanders to see their GP if they notice "any change in their bowel habits".

Dr David Ng said there is "no need" for anyone to worry about seeing their GP, "Your GP will not be embarrassed and neither should you be.

"We just want people to get the treatment and reassurance they need, when they need it."

Jersey general hospital
BBC

The message comes as part of a campaign over April to raise awareness of the risks of bowel cancer.

A States of Jersey spokesman said: "Around 20 people die in Jersey every year from bowel cancer."

Inquests into deaths of two elderly PEH patients

Guernsey Press

Two elderly hospital patients died within two weeks of one another last summer after falling while on ward, inquests heard yesterday, as the grandson of one called for Health & Social Care to take the ‘significant failings’ seriously.

Sarah Groves' parents have 'more confidence' in new prosecutor

BBC Radio Guernsey

The parents of Guernsey woman Sarah Groves, who was killed in Kashmir, have said they have "more confidence" in the public prosecutor representing their daughter in her murder trial.

Today is the fourth anniversary of her death.

The 24-year-old was stabbed to death on a houseboat in April 2013.

Sarah's father Vic Groves said he was hopeful the new prosecutor would be able to speed up the trial of the man accused of her murder.

Dutch national Richard De Witt was charged with her murder but he denies killing her.

He actually communicates more readily with the British High Commission in Delhi, and after each trial he does open up to them much more than he opens up to us, I can understand why. I have much more confidence in him than the previous guy."

Vic GrovesFather, Sarah Groves
Vic Groves
BBC

High grass yield 'good for farmers'

BBC Radio Jersey

A Jersey Farmer says a mild winter and less rain at the beginning of the year has meant more grass than usual.

It is a bonus for Jersey farmers as lush fields mean they don't have to buy as much food for their herds.

Andrew Le Gallais, who farms in St Saviour, said the good conditions are also good for dairy farmers, as the grass his cattle are grazing on will be more nutritious.

Cow
BBC

Planning permission refused for Vinery site

BBC Radio Guernsey

There's doubt over the suitability of one of two Guernsey sites earmarked for so-called "Fred in the shed" businesses.

Planners have refused to recommend plans to develop the privately owned Pulias Vinery, opposite the Pond near the Ronez Quarry.

The members of the States Development and Planning Authority said they were concerned about its visibility from the coast road.

Senator proposes reforms to Jersey chief minister's term of office

Rob England

BBC News Online

States Assembly entrance
BBC

A senator has proposed significant reforms to the length of service of Jersey's chief minister.

Senator Sarah Ferguson submitted the proposals today, to be debated on the 23 May. 

The reforms include:

  • No person being able to be elected to the office of chief minister more than twice
  • No person who has been elected or has acted as chief minister in a term may be elected to the office more than once

Health and Social Care in Guernsey 'will not review children's services'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's Scrutiny Management Committee is considering commissioning an independent review of children's services.

The head of the committee said it was made clear from Deputy Heidi Soulsby that a review would not be forthcoming.

I was specific about saying it should be an independent review of children's services that can look at individual case files but I think it was quite clear that Deputy Soulsby would not be commissioning such an independent review at this time, her view was that the system has been improving.

Deputy Chris Green Scrutiny Management President, States of Guernsey

Guernsey welcomes Sir Oliver Heald MP

Rob England

BBC News Online

Guernsey's chief minister said he was "delighted" to welcome Sir Oliver Heald MP to the island. 

The UK minister had previously said he was "very disappointed" to have to defer his visit to Alderney, 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.

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Jersey murder probe: What we know so far...

Rob England

BBC News Online

Police in Jersey are investigating the death of Ana Maria Pereira De Sousa Rebelo in St Helier. Here's what we know so far:

  • Her body was found in a property in Victoria Street on Tuesday morning after police and an ambulance were called
  • Police are treating her death as suspicious
  • A 58-year-old man was arrested at 14:50 on Tuesday on suspicion of murder. He has since been released on bail
  • Detectives are operating a major incident room at police headquarters and say they are interviewing key witnesses 
  • Crime scene investigators have been carrying out a forensic examination at the address. Forensic work is likely to continue at the scene for some time 
  • A UK Home Office pathologist travelled to Jersey on Wednesday to carry out the post-mortem examination
  • Specialist liaison police officers have been appointed to support the victim's family
  • Officers have told the BBC there is "no issue of public safety"
  • Police say Ms Rebelo, 51, died as a result of being strangled
Police
BBC

Breaking Man jailed for eight-and-a-half years for indecent images of children

Emma Chambers

BBC Channel Islands News

A man has been jailed for eight-and-a-half years by Jersey’s Royal Court.   

Karn Damien Laffoley, 42, from the island, pleaded guilty to multiple offences involving making, possessing and distributing indecent images of children, as well as breaching restrictions previously set on him. 

Laffoley is already on the sex offenders' register and has served time in jail in the UK and Jersey for previous sex offences. 

Karn Damien Laffoley
BBC

Breaking Murder probe: Victim named as Ana Maria Pereira De Sousa Rebelo

Rob England

BBC News Online

A woman found dead in St Helier on Tuesday morning has been named by police as 51-year-old Ana Maria Pereira De Sousa Rebelo.

A post-mortem revealed the victim was strangled.

Forensic work will continue in Victoria Street today as will house-to-house enquiries, police said.

Ana Maria Pereira De Sousa Rebelo
States of Jersey Police

Jersey through to squash semi-finals

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Jersey's men are through to the semi-finals of the European Squash Team Championships, which are being held in the island.

They are looking to better the bronze medal they won when the Division Three tournament was last held.

Guernsey are making their debut in the competition and are not in the running for a medal, but will finish between ninth and 12th out of the 15 teams.

St Helier murder probe: Police to reveal name of victim

Rob England

BBC News Online

Jersey police are planning to release the name of the woman found dead in St Helier on Tuesday, a spokesperson has said.

They have also confirmed that the 58-year-old suspect, arrested on the same day, has been released on police bail pending further investigations. 

BreakingSt Helier murder probe: Suspect released on bail

Rob England

BBC News Online

Jersey police have released a 58-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder on Tuesday 4 April, a spokesperson has said.

The man was arrested after a woman's body was found on Victoria Street, St Helier.    

Alderney airport extension should be kept 'under review'

Simon Fairclough

Guernsey Political Reporter

An independent report has said it would not recommend a runway extension at Alderney airport.

Released today, the report from York Aviation said is not economically viable. 

Advocates of the extension argue that a longer runway and bigger planes would benefit the economy.

Alderney airport
BBC

The company, which provides aviation policy advice said, due to 42-seat aircraft not being popular with operators, a longer runway to facilitate larger planes is likely to result in a "more expensive and less frequent air service for islanders".

Catering for them would also require additional security procedures.

The report concluded with advice that the extension should still be kept "under review".

Jersey 'shouldn't be upset' with Spanish use of flag emoji

BBC Radio Jersey

A social media icon of the Jersey flag is being used by politicians in a Spanish town.   

Some politicians in Vitoria-Gasteiz, in northern Spain, have been using the symbol, or emoji, showing the red saltire and crest in their social media posts. 

The town's flag is similar as it features a red saltire, but without the crest that distinguishes the flag as Jersey's.

jersey flag
Getty Images

Locals have been describing it as tacky and ironic since the party involved has been plagued by tax haven-related scandals.

A local Jersey historian has said he doesn't think people in Jersey should be concerned with the story.  

I don't think we should get terribly upset if some minor party in the Basque region of Spain is using a less than a centimetre thing that people with bad eyesight can't see. There's only so much you can do with a bit of cloth really. You've only got a handful of colours and a handful of shapes."

Doug FordJersey Historian

On board drinks will be 'better quality' after charges introduced

BBC Radio Guernsey

Aurigny plane
BBC

The Guernsey's States-owned airline Aurigny has confirmed it will start charging for drinks. 

From next month, tea and coffee on board Aurigny flights will cost £2, and canned soft drinks will be £1. 

They were previously free for customers. 

I've often heard our customers complaining about the quality of those products, and with the introduction of the new product range we'll have high quality teas and coffees, in addition to that there will be a few more snacks.

Malcolm CouparCommercial Director, Aurigny

Runway extension in Alderney 'not viable'

Simon Fairclough

Guernsey Political Reporter

An independent report has concluded that a runway extension in Alderney is not economically viable. 

York Aviation says in the current climate, a longer runway to facilitate larger planes is likely to result in a more expensive and less frequent air service for islanders. 

The report recommends that the case for an extension is kept under review, and that runway refurbishment work needs to be done as soon as possible, including a widening to 23 metres. 

Advocates of the extension have argued that a longer runway and bigger planes would benefit the economy. 

Nick Cope visits Jersey library

BBC Radio Jersey

Popular singer songwriter Nick Cope will be in Jersey today for a free one-off show at the island's library.

Chief Librarian Ed Jewell said: "Nick Cope’s five CDs of original songs for children have become essential in-car entertainment for thousands of young families."

Nick Cope will be performing in the children’s department this morning.

What has Jersey done for Syria's refugees?

Jersey Evening Post

The topic of how the island should support Syrian refugees has divided public opinion. Emily Smith looks at how the Island has supported those fleeing from war following the decision in 2015 not to open Jersey’s borders to refugees .

Cassidy proud despite Leicester defeat

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Jersey boss Martin Cassidy says he is "really proud" of his side despite their 3-0 friendly defeat by Leicester Under-23s at Springfield on Wednesday.

Hamza Choudhury, who has played 13 Championship games for Burton this season, got the opener from the spot, while Spanish striker Raul Uche and Romanian Alex Pascanu scored the other goals for City.

Martin Cassidy
Phil Mingo

"Some of our football was really good and really brave, especially through the middle of the park," Cassidy told BBC Radio Jersey.

"I'm so proud of the performance and attitude - they gave it everything, and if we keep giving them games like that we'll keep getting attitudes like that."  

Martin Cassidy

Cassidy proud despite Leicester defeat

Jersey boss Martin Cassidy says he is "really proud" of his side despite their 3-0 friendly defeat by Leicester Under-23s.

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Superdry to open in Guernsey

BBC Radio Guernsey

UK clothes retailer Superdry has confirmed it will be opening its first store in Guernsey next month. 

It will open on Smith Street, sharing the premises with a downsized Press Shop.  

Guernsey children's services 'needs independent review'

Rob Byrne

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's Scrutiny Management Committee is considering commissioning an independent review of children's services in the island. 

Jersey has had eight reviews since 2006. 

Scrutiny President, Deputy Chris Green, said it may be forced to act after the States had not commissioned the review.

A valley walk that brings you face to face with a giant toad

Jersey Evening Post

If you go down to Waterworks Valley woods today, you’re in for a big surprise .

Roadworks planned on Sunday in St Helier

Rob England

BBC News Online

Jersey 0 - 3 Leicester City U23s

Tim Pryor

BBC Sport

Premier League champions Leicester City brought their Under 23s to Springfield Stadium last night and beat Jersey 3-0. 

Two goals in the first half - a penalty and a header - gave the Foxes a two goal lead. 

The third goal came very late on in the game. 

Max Thompson was closest for Jersey, but his deflected shot hit the bar.

A crowd of about 1,000 saw the friendly, which both managers thought provided ideal preparation for important matches ahead.

Leicester play Jersey
BBC

Drinks charges 'mean fare prices will not rise'

BBC Radio Guernsey

The introduction of charges for on board drinks on Aurigny flights means fare prices will not rise, the airline has said.

From next month, passengers on the Guernsey States-owned airline will have to pay for tea, coffee and fizzy drinks on its flights. 

Aurigny flight
BBC

Use of Jersey flag by Spanish politicians 'tacky'

BBC Radio Jersey

A social media icon of the Jersey flag is being used by politicians in a Spanish town, because it's similar to their own.   

Jersey flag
Getty Images

Some politicians in Vitoria-Gasteiz, in northern Spain, have been using the small symbol showing the red saltire and crest in their social media posts. 

The town's flag is also a red saltire, but without the crest. 

Media reports suggest the use of the symbol, or emoji, hasn't gone down well with the locals, with them describing it as tacky and ironic since the party involved has been plagued by tax haven-related scandals.

‘Population law could push up house prices’

Guernsey Press

A director of an estate agency thinks the new population management law could push house prices up.