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Summary

  1. St Helier murder probe: Forensic work concludes
  2. Risk of operation for man with brain tumour 'too great' for some doctors
  3. Nitrate levels in soil 'must fall' says Jersey scrutiny committee
  4. 'Majority' of Guernsey fly-tipping occurs in St Peter Port
  5. Lihou visitors warned to double check tide times
  6. Watson and Broady prepare for action in Switzerland
  7. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Rob England

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Thanks for joining us today. We'll be back with all the latest news, weather, travel and sport tomorrow from 08:00.

Don't forget BBC Channel Islands News on BBC One at 18:30, 20:00 and 22:25 and there's news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

Weather: Cloudy and light showers

BBC Weather

A dry night will follow but the cloud will gradually increase towards Wednesday morning. The winds will freshen a little too. Minimum temperature: 7C (45F).

Wednesday will be a rather cloudy day with fresh west to north-westerly winds.

The cloud will be thick enough at times for a little light rain. Maximum temperature: 12C (54F).

Prison governor calls for tags for low-risk offenders

Guernsey Press

Prison governor Dave Matthews is calling for electronic tagging to be introduced in the island.

Move to GMT on Lihou causeway times was a bid 'to avoid confusion'

Listing the Lihou causeway times in Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), rather than British Summer Time (BST), was a move aimed to avoid confusion rather than create it, the States department responsible has said.

Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services said the times are listed on the same webpage as the tide times and to avoid confusion the decision was taken to publish all of the timings in GMT for 2017.

A spokesman said the opening times published online on the display boards at the causeway clearly state all times are in GMT.

However, concerns raised have led to a change in the listings to BST.

Lihou Island
Ben Chapple

Following discussions with Richard Curtis, Warden of Lihou House, it is clear that using GMT for all timings is causing confusion and therefore we have taken the decision to revert back to using BST for the relevant period."

Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services

Royal Navy vessels set to visit for Jersey boat show

HMS Mersey will be open to the public as part of the 10th Jersey Boat Show.

The 79m River Class offshore patrol vessel, which weighs 1,700 tonnes carries out fisheries protection and security patrols, recently returned to Portsmouth after spending 13 months overseas, including time in the Caribbean.

HMS Mersey
Royal Navy

The university training vessels - HMS Smiter and HMS Ranger - will also be in the island for the free event from 29 April to 1 May.

They will be joined by four offshore raiding crafts (ORC), which are designed to deliver crew from ship to shore in strong seas as well as have the ability to act as a fire support platform.

Changes to Guernsey Post tariffs

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey Post has announced that it will be introducing changes to its postal rates from Tuesday 2 May 2017. 

The new headline letter rates are as follows:

  • The cost of a Bailiwick stamp will be 44p
  • The price of a UK stamp will be 59p  
  • The price of a letter to Europe will be 73p
  • The price of a letter to the Rest of the World will be 90p

We understand customers do not like price increases and we have tried to minimise the impact as much as we can. However, some of our costs have increased significantly, such as the price we pay for the onward conveyance and delivery of international mail, and we unfortunately have to reflect these charges in our prices."

Boley SmillieGuernsey Post Chief Executive

High nitrate levels 'need tackling'

Alexandra Spiceley

BBC Radio Jersey, Reporter

The head of Jersey water has said the latest report on nitrate levels in Jersey's water focuses on the islands untreated water, but he agrees that the high levels need tackling.  

Helier Smith was responding to a scrutiny report looking into the levels of nitrate contamination in the island water supply. 

It wants the amount of nitrates that naturally seep into the soil to be reduced by a third. 

On occasion it does present a serious problem for us to actually be able to supply water to our customers which is fully compliant.

Helier SmithJersey Water

Alderney chairman backs closer ties with Aurigny

BBC Radio Guernsey

The Chairman of Alderney's Policy and Finance Committee is backing a report today which calls for a legally-binding contract between the island's government and Aurigny airlines. 

James Dent said he wants to introduce a public service obligation on the Alderney routes, which would give the States more control over performance. 

He also says he wants a "better" air service, and would like to open island routes up to competitive tenders.   

There would for example be penalties for non performance, and incentives for growing the market, the Alderney routes don't make any money at the moment, it is to be seen."

James DentChairman Policy and Finance Committee, Alderney

New harbour master appointed in Jersey

Rob England

BBC News Online

Jersey harbour
BBC

A new harbour master has been appointed in Jersey after the resignation of Captain Philip Buckley.

Capt Buckley resigned on 27 March, he will be returning to the UK for "family reasons".

He assumed the role of Jersey harbour master in November 2014.

The Harbour Authority said "We have been strengthening our maritime team under Phil's leadership and have a comprehensive succession plan. However, as is prudent on such occasions, we are reviewing our requirements and will announce Phil's successor in due course."

Volunteers call for support to finish La Valette restoration

BBC Radio Guernsey

A group running a restoration project has said they will restore the entire area of La Valette in Guernsey, including all the Victorian bathing pools by the summer.

La Valette Gent's pool
BBC
Storm damage to the 'gent's pool' in 2014

Stonemasons from MS Engineering have been repairing the Victorian facilities, including repairs to the walls of the pools damaged by storms.

The chairman of the La Valette Legacy Team, Pat Johnson, said hundreds of volunteers are involved with the project.

They are calling for islanders to "join us in saving this magnificent piece of Guernsey’s heritage". 

Ongoing discussions about future of Church of England in Jersey

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's External Relations Minister is chairing a committee looking into the future relationship of the Church of England in Jersey and the UK. 

Synod has set up a committee, chaired by Senator Sir Philip Bailhache in his role as a leading lay member, to look into what future options are available for the churches. 

woman with a bible
Getty Images

At the moment, pastoral care for Jersey falls under the Diocese of Canterbury following a split with the Diocese of Winchester. 

The split followed claims Jersey's Dean did not act appropriately when a woman complained she'd been abused in the island. 

I don't want to express any preference at the moment because the work is still going on before this committee and ultimately before synod, and then there will have to be discussions with Guernsey.

Sir Philip BailhacheExternal Relations Minister, Jersey

Heather Watson out of Biel Bienne Open

BBC Sport

Britain's Heather Watson was knocked out in the first round of the Biel Bienne Open in Switzerland, losing in straight sets to Anett Kontaveit.

Watson, ranked 110th in the world, was beaten 7-6 (7-2) 6-2 by the Estonian, who is the world number 99.

Heather Watson
EPA

'The Durrells' nominated for multiple Baftas

Rob England

BBC News Online

A television programme about Jersey's Gerald Durrell has been nominated for three categories in the Baftas. 

The Durrells is up for an award for best writer in drama, best costume design and best titles and graphics. 

It's up against the Night Manager, The Crown and the Paralympics 2016.

The Durrells
ITV

Teen indecent assaults case adjourned for two weeks

Rob England

BBC News Online

A teenager accused of committing two seaside sexual attacks over the weekend has appeared in Jersey's Youth Court.

The 16-year-old boy was charged with two counts of indecent assault on Monday.

This morning he again reserved his plea to these charges.

The teen is accused of attacking a 39-year-old woman on Friday in St Brelade near the Sugar Basin slipway.

Later the same day, he is also charged with indecently assaulting a 52 year-old woman in the gardens of Jardin de la Mer, St Helier.

Police adviser Susie Sharp asked the youth court to adjourn the matter for two weeks for further investigations.

The boy is to return to court on 25 April and will remain in custody at the secure facility Greenfields until that time. 

Swimming team selection 'hard fought'

BBC Sport

The 19 Guernsey swimmers going to the 2017 Gotland Island Games follows a "hard fought" selection.

Brian Allen, president of the Guernsey Amateur Swimming Association, said initially 43 competitors applied to go.

He said: "With a maximum of approximately 20 places available meant that achieving the qualifying time to gain selection would be hard fought and not easy to achieve.

"This year there is a good balance within the team which includes 10 experienced swimmers and nine new caps."

It is encouraging to see so many senior swimmers, who have attended many games in the past, still inspired enough to want to continue with the hard training. They are joined by a group of youngsters coming through the ranks who are showing great potential for the future."

Brian Allen President of the Guernsey Amateur Swimming Association

Charity funds waiting room refurb at Guernsey hospital

Rob England

BBC News Online

A charity in Guernsey has donated £3,000 to the Health and Social Services Department to fund an "extensive refurbishment" of the waiting room at The Princess Elizabeth Hospital, a government spokesperson has said.

Princess Elizebeth Hospital
BBC

Bowel Cancer Guernsey - a charity which works to raise awareness of the disease - said it wanted to "enhance the participants’ experience of the screening process".

The States says it offers screening tests to eligible residents in the Bailiwick during their 67th year.   

Reds back row Haining to join Bristol

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Jersey Reds back rower Nick Haining has become the latest player to be confirmed as leaving the island  ahead of next season.

The 26-year-old will join Bristol after playing in Jersey's final Championship game of the campaign at home to Richmond on Saturday.

Nick Haining
Sue Trower

"Nick has been one of the standout performers in the Championship for Jersey,” said Bristol head coach Mark Tainton.

Waiting list for scouts in Jersey at a record high, despite more volunteers

Rob England

BBC News Online

The number of children on the waiting list to get involved with the Scouts in Jersey is the highest ever recorded for the group, the Scouts Association has said.

This is despite an influx in volunteers to help run activities on the island.

In Jersey there are 806 young people involved in the Scouts, with 107 on the waiting list, and 237 adult volunteers.

Guernsey also has a waiting list, with 34 young people looking for a place.

Many adults who are signing up with the Scouts have a limited amount of time to donate to us, and so we need more volunteers as a whole in order to accommodate the continued demand for Scouting among young people."

Hayley DewarIsland Development Officer

Your favourite view of Jersey: We asked, you answered

Ashlea Tracey

BBC Radio Jersey

Corbiere Lighthouse
Emily Roxburgh
Corbiere Lighthouse
Gorey Castle
Jenny Bailey
Gorey Castle
St Brelade's Bay
Gail Sparkes
St Brelade's Bay
St Ouen's Bay
Andrew Houiellebecq
St Ouen's Bay

Call for tax on fertiliser to reduce nitrates

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's Environment Scrutiny Panel is calling for the amount of nitrates that naturally seep into the soil to be reduced by between 25%-33% from 2016 figures.

Previously it was found about 4,000 homes with boreholes and wells had a water supply with  higher than the EU and island limit of 50mg per litre for nitrates

Tractor
Getty Images

The panel said reducing the amount of fertiliser applied to fields would be the most practical and economical way to reduce nitrate levels.

Its report recommends a potential tax on fertilisers and pesticides should be considered.

The committee said it considered water cleaning methods, but found this would cost too much and could increase average annual household bills by up to £20.

Former constable says fly tipping will rise in Guernsey with new laws

BBC Radio Guernsey

A former constable in Guernsey has said fly tipping will increase on the island when a "pay as you throw" scheme comes into effect.

Gerry Tattersall said the new Waste Strategy, requiring islanders to pay for official full-and-half-size black sacks.

Mr Tattersall said the move will drive more people to dump their waste illegally.

We're going to have to start paying for our black bags. Once that happens, rather than buy a black bag, people are going to fly tip more and more. It's essential we try to catch a few people and publicly embarrass them."

Gerry Tattersall

Politician asks RNLI crew to 'return to positions'

Rob England

BBC News Online

A senior Jersey politician has called for the St Helier lifeboat crew to return to their roles, while discussions between the former coxswain and the RNLI continue.

Senator Paul Routier, assistant chief minister, said the RNLI's Director of Community Lifesaving has said in the RNLI is working "to repair relationships with the crew and wider community while their disciplinary process continues".

St Helier lifeboat in harbour
BBC

Mr Routier came out in support of the crew at a  protest held at the weekend .

He has called for the crew "to return to their positions" while the "dispute" between the former coxswain and the RNLI is being resolved.

The 25 volunteers which make up the St Helier lifeboat crew resigned after their coxswain Andy Hibbs  was asked to step down due to a breach of the RNLI's code of conduct .

Doctors refusal to treat man was 'a death sentence'

Rob England

BBC News Online

The woman who started a crowd funding page to support the treatment of a man diagnosed with a brain tumour has said the condition was "a death sentence".

Rafal Tabor, 40, was living in Jersey when he was diagnosed in March.

Doctors in Southampton and Poland refused to operate on him, they said the risk of Mr Tabor being "physically or mentally impaired" was too high.

Ewa Modzelewski started the page to raise money for treatment in Germany, which has reached £25,000.

Mr Tabor in currently awaiting treatment with his family.

Ewa Modzelewski
Ewa Modzelewski

It was a death sentence. There was nothing they could do. This money will be paying for actual treatment, there is more money we raised that will be helping his family to stay in Germany, they need to be in Germany for two months, at this stage the doctors say he's got a really good chance to survive this."

Ewa Modzelewski

Deputy Chief Officer 'privileged' to represent police at Palmer funeral

Rob England

BBC News Online

Acting Deputy Chief Officer Ruari Hardy of Guernsey Police said it was a "privilege" to attend the funeral of PC Keith Palmer, who was killed in a terror attack in Westminster.

It was a privilege to represent the Bailiwick’s officers in this coming together of the policing family as they paid their respects to PC Palmer, who tragically paid the ultimate price in the line of duty."

Ruari Hardy Acting Deputy Chief Officer, Guernsey Police

Guernsey swimming team announced for Island Games

BBC Sport

The swimmers representing Guernsey in Gotland at the end of June have been announced by the Guernsey Amateur Swimming Association.

A spokesman said it followed "a long period of training towards selection".

The team:

  • Jonathon Beck*
  • Courtney Butcher
  • Henry Cliff*
  • Sophie de la Mare
  • Peter Druckes
  • Charlie-Joe Hallett*
  • Tom Hollingsworth  
  • Laura Le Cras* 
  • Robyn Le Friec
  • Ben Lowndes
  • William Mansell
  • Miles Munro
  • Kristina Neves
  • Oliver Nightingale
  • Orla Rabey*
  • William Russell*
  • Tom Teasdale*
  • Louis Tostevin*
  • Tatiana Tostevin*

*denotes an Island Games debut

Lihou visitors warned to double check tide times

BBC Radio Guernsey

Access times for Lihou - the small island just off the west coast of Guernsey which is accessed by a causeway at low tide - has caused some confusion.

The Lihou Charitable Trust has warned the times for April are an hour out as they "do not take account of British Summer Time".

Lihou Island seen from the air
BBC

The States of Guernsey times were listed in Greenwich Mean Time, with a small note saying an hour needs to be added.

However, following the concerns raised Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services will return the access times to being listed in the old way, with the added hour for British Summer Time included.  

Anyone planning a visit over the next few days is advised to double check the times to avoid being unable to access the island.

BreakingSt Helier murder probe: Forensic work concludes

Rob England

BBC News Online

Forensic work and searches have now concluded at the house in Victoria Street where the body of Ana Rebelo was found, police have said.

Ms Rebelo's death is being investigated after pathology reports suggested she was "strangled by a third party". 

A 58-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder, but was later released on bail.

Ana Rebelo
States of Jersey Police

A police spokesperson said: "Further enquiries continued over the weekend, including interviews of key witnesses, in order to help police establish Ana’s last movements.

"We believe she got home at about 20:30 on Monday 3 April and was found dead the following morning by family members. 

"There is no sign of forced entry to the property and we reiterate that we believe there is no risk to the community." 

Police also confirmed that yesterday evening the house was released "back to the family".  

Jersey scouts calls for more volunteers

Rob England

BBC News Online

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In the UK there are 51,000 children on a waiting list to become Scouts, Beavers, Cubs or Explorers , according to the organisation behind the movement.

The Scout Association, which is open to girls and boys between six and 18, blamed a shortage of volunteer leaders.

It said record numbers of adults were members but that volunteers had limited amounts of time.

Chief Scout Bear Grylls said it was a "challenge" to recruit more people.

Vehicle indicators 'smashed' on construction site

Rob England

BBC News Online

The indicators on a dumper truck have been "smashed" whilst it was parked on a construction site in St Peter Port, police have said.

It's thought to have happened between 16:30 on Thursday 6 April and 07:00 on Friday 8 April, using an "unknown implement".

Guernsey Police are appealing to anyone with information to come forward.

Committee set up to look at Church of England in Jersey

Sarah Bailey

BBC Radio Jersey

A group looking into the future relationship between the Church of England in Jersey and the UK has been set up. 

Pastoral care for Jersey currently falls under the Diocese of Canterbury after a split with the Diocese of Winchester following abuse allegations. 

The official report into the allegations, known as the Steel report, has not been released. 

The report is thought to clear Jersey's Dean of any wrongdoing.

Watson and Broady prepare for action in Switzerland

BBC Sport

Guernsey's Heather Watson and Stockport's Naomi Broady are in first round action at the WTA Event in Biel, Switzerland, later.

The islander and British number two, who faced world number one Angelique Kerber last week , starts against Estonia's Anett Kontaveit, while the British number three plays Germany's Julia Goerges -  the seventh seed.


          Heather Watson playing Angelique Kerber at the Monterrey Open
EPA

Appeal against church conversion dismissed

Jersey Evening Post

An appeal against planning permission to convert the grade-three listed La Rocque Methodist Chapel and an adjoining hall in Grouville into a workshop and showroom has been refused .

iPad stolen from primary school

Rob England

BBC News Online

A white iPad has been stolen from La Mare De Carteret Primary School in Guernsey, police have said.

The equipment is thought to have been stolen overnight between 29-30 March.

Guernsey police are appealing for witnesses.

Risk of operation for man with brain tumour 'too great' for some doctors

BBC Radio Jersey

Doctors in Southampton and Poland have refused to operate on a man living in Jersey as the risk of him being permanently physically or mentally impaired was too big. 

Father of two, Rafal Tabor, 40, was diagnosed with a brain tumour just over a month ago after experiencing numbness in his right hand and leg. 

A local crowdfunding page has raised £24,000 in just over a week to help Mr Tabor. 

He is now in Germany waiting to begin specialist treatment.  

A look at the weather across the Channel Islands

BBC Weather

It will be a dry and fine day with plenty of spring sunshine on offer. 

The winds will be light and it will feel pleasantly warm in the sunshine. 

Maximum temperature: 15C (59F).

In Jersey:

weather
BBC

And in Guernsey:

weather
BBC

Fashion chain goes into administration

BBC Radio Guernsey

UK fashion chain Jaeger has gone into administration , putting 700 jobs at risk. 

It was acquired by private equity firm Better Capital in 2012, founded by Guernsey-based investor Jon Moulton. 

The retailer was put up for sale for about £30m after struggling to boost sales. 

Jaeger started by selling woollen long johns, with its clothes worn by the explorer Ernest Shackleton on an Antarctic expedition. 

More recently Jaeger items have been worn by the Duchess of Cambridge. 

Jaeger fashion catwalk
AFP

'Majority' of Guernsey fly-tipping occurs in St Peter Port

BBC Radio Guernsey

Eighty-five percent of all the rubbish dumped illegally in Guernsey is left in St Peter Port, the States has said.

Government figures show islanders have raised concerns about seven separate cases so far this year, but the States of Guernsey said it was not able to tell how much it had cost clearing up. 

The States said reliable data was only available for last year, when 59 incidents of fly-tipping were reported, 50 of which were in St Peter Port.