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Summary

  1. People in Guernsey reporting delays to hospital operations
  2. Animal charity warns of dangers after hedgehog dies in net in Jersey
  3. Cost of living in Jersey rises by 2.9% - a five-year high
  4. Asian hornet sighted on Jersey and could "endanger local bees"
  5. Providence Investment Fund investigation after £30m loss 'ongoing'
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday following the Easter weekend

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By Rob England

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Our coverage across the Channel Islands

Thanks for joining us today. There is no Local Live tomorrow or Monday, as we'll be enjoying the Easter break.

We'll be back with all the latest news, weather, travel and sport on Tuesday 18 at 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.

Bluebell Wood attempted tree felling a 'deliberate, criminal act'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Damaged Bluebell Wood tree. Pic: Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services
Guernsey Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services

Police in Guernsey are investigating a mature tree in Bluebell Wood being severely damaged in what officials have described as a "deliberate act" and "criminal".

Staff at Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services (ACLMS) said a States' cliff path team noticed the damage on 6 April. 

They described it as a "failed attempt to cut the canopy from the tree at a point some 4m to 5m from ground level".

ACLMS said no-one was authorised to work in the woodland other than with its written permission. 

UK ‘tax havens’ should be on Brexit agenda – German MEP

Guernsey Press

The UK must end the role its offshore territories such as Guernsey play in harbouring ‘secretive companies’ if it wants to secure a good deal with the EU post-Brexit, a member of the European Parliament has said.

Roadworks suspended on Fosse Andre

BBC Radio Guernsey

Works in the Fosse Andre in St Peter Port will be suspended during the Easter weekend, according to highways officials.

The road is to reopen to traffic as normal from early Friday morning and close to traffic to enable works to continue at 07:00 on Tuesday 18 April.

Hedgehogs 'particularly vulnerable this time of year', says GSPCA

Rob England

BBC News Online

The GSPCA has called for "hedgehog-friendly" gardens after four of the animals were found caught in a fishing net in Bonne Nuit Bay in Jersey on Tuesday.

One hedgehog had to be put down after seriously injuring itself in the struggle, and another suffered leg injuries, the Jersey Hedgehog Preservation Society said.

hedgehog caught in net
Jersey Hedgehog Preservation Society

Steve Byrne, from the GSPCA, said hedgehogs were "particularly vulnerable" this time of year due to foraging, mating and hibernation habits.

He said the organisation cared for about 400 hedgehogs a year, and that residents could include hedgehog houses and shallow water dishes in their gardens.

He added, that if anyone across the Channel Islands was to encounter a hedgehog during the day, they should call the GSPCA's 24-hour number, visit its website, or, if the animal looked distressed, put it in a box for collection.

Latest weather: Getting cloudy

BBC Weather

Some clear spells at first this evening, but clouding over through the early hours giving a mild end to the night. Minimum temperature: 8C (46F).

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BBC

Good Friday will be largely cloudy, with just a chance of seeing some light rain through the afternoon. Maximum temperature: 12C (54F).

Former Norwegian rescue boat to appear at Jersey Boat Show

Rob England

BBC News Online

A former Norwegian rescue boat, which dates back to the late 19th Century, will be attending the 10th anniversary Barclays Jersey Boat Show, organisers have said.

The 47ft wooden rescue sailboat, Christiania,will be staying over to Jersey for seven days en-route from Oslo to Istanbul.

Christiania
Ports of Jersey

The boat is taking part in a "seed journey" in which the crew conduct research into the role grains have played in shaping "our culture and society".

England debut for Le Tissier in Belgium

James Rabey

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey footballer Maya Le Tissier will make her long awaited England debut this evening.

The 15-year-old will captain the under-15 women's side as they travel to face Belgium.

Maya was due to make her debut against Germany in February but the game was called off due to the weather.

Maya Le Tissier in England kit
Maya Le Tissier

Road closures for Easter races in Guernsey

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey Athletics has its annual running festival taking place this weekend. Police said two of the events would have some impact on the traffic movement.

5k:

  • The Guernsey Athletics 5km road run will take place on Good Friday, starting and finishing at Footes Lane athletics track, commencing at 10:00 and ending before 11:00
  • There will be no signed road closure for this event, but traffic may be delayed by police or marshals at junctions for 10 minutes as runners pass through the area

10k:

  • The Guernsey Athletics 10km road race takes place on Easter Monday on a new course, starting at Grandes Rocques at 09:30
  • Roads affected by this race will be the northern coast road and runners will pass through: L’islet, Les Amarreurs, L’ancresse crossroads, La Moye, Bordeaux and Vale Castle. They will finish at Northside, opposite the former Quayside store
  • Northside and the Vale will be closed to through traffic in both directions between about 08:00 and 11:00, with a diversion passing along Trafalgar Road

Where possible, other road users are advised to avoid both areas for the short duration of both events or face short delays.

Jersey RPI increase 'not immune to impact of Brexit'

Rob England

BBC News Online

The chairman of Jersey's Chamber of Commerce has said the increase of 2.9% in the island's Retail Price Index was not "unexpected", and predicted further pressure on everyday costs throughout the year due to the "uncertainty" in the markets following Brexit.

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Whilst consumers may find this strange to blame Brexit, unfortunately, we are not immune from the impact, given the high level of imports, not just to the islands, but inbound to the UK too. Higher sourcing costs are being passed on from suppliers.”

Mark CoxChairman, Jersey Chamber of Commerce

Questions over waste cost in St Peter Port

Guernsey Press

A rising waste bill and uncertainty over the new waste strategy led to discontent at last night’s St Peter Port parish meeting, as parishioners demanded clarity over the new scheme.

Chief Minister to meet lifeboat crew after skipper sacking

BBC Radio Jersey

RNLI logo
BBC

Jersey's Chief Minister is to meet the former crew of the St Helier lifeboat to discuss its dispute with the RNLI.

All 25 members of the station quit after coxswain Andy Hibbs was asked to step down by the charity.

Former crew member Paul Battrick wrote to the Council of Ministers asking for support. 

Assistant Chief Minister Paul Routier said the council fully supported the lifeboat crew and he was arranging for Ian Gorst to meet with the crew. But he added it was "not for anyone outside of the RNLI to comment on the suspension of the coxswain while the appeal process is still going on".

The RNLI said the St Helier skipper was dismissed due to a "serious breach" of the RNLI's Volunteer Code of Conduct.

Car 'damaged' and others 'tampered with' in Castel

BBC Radio Guernsey

Police in Guernsey are investigating a car being damaged overnight.

Officers said it was damaged sometime between 17:30 on Tuesday and 08:00 on Wednesday whilst parked in Les Genats Estate, Castel. 

Officers said they were looking for information about the damaged car and the tampering of others vehicles nearby.

Jersey charities could receive 'vital' lottery funds

Rob England

BBC News Online

More than £1m raised by the Channel Islands lottery should go to the Association of Jersey Charities(AJC), a minister has said.

Deputy Murray Norton, minister for economic development, tourism , sport and culture said the record amount of £1,250,482 would work "for the benefit of the island".

An AJC spokesperson said the "vital" funds would benefit charities on the island, particularly in "an increasingly competitive fundraising market".

Gipsy Moth IV to return for Jersey Boat Show

BBC Radio Jersey

The famous yacht Gipsy Moth IV, in which Sir Francis Chichester sailed around the globe in 1966, is returning to the 2017 Barclays Jersey Boat Show, a ports of Jersey spokesperson confirmed.

The vessel, celebrating the 50th anniversary of its journey, is believed to have set a number of world records, including the fastest round the world voyage by a small vessel, the longest non-stop passage by a small vessel and the longest single-handed passage.

Eileen Skinner, founding trustee of the Gipsy Moth Trust, said the trust was "inviting the public to experience his legacy first-hand".

Gypsy Moth IV
Ports of Jersey

Guernsey FC player 'gutted' operation was delayed

BBC Radio Guernsey

A number of islanders are reporting delays to their hospital operations.

Guernsey FC footballer Jack Domaille injured his knee back in October, and has since seen his operation delayed by more than four months.

Mr Domaille is having to wait much longer than the NHS's standard 18-week-wait, which he said was taking a toll on him.

Jack Domaille
BBC

I was gutted. That's what I set my heart and my head on, that's what I was focused for. For that to be sort of taken away, it just feels cruel really. All the work that you put in. It will come, it's not for nothing, I'm just trying to make the best of a bad situation at the minute."

Jack DomailleFootballer, Guernsey FC

In a statement, the Medical Specialist Group said there was a backlog while it awaited the arrival in June of a fourth orthopaedic surgeon.

This pun 'cracked' us up

Rob England

BBC News Online

Idris Elba to DJ in Jersey

Alexandra Spiceley

BBC Radio Jersey, Reporter

Ruth Wilson and Idris Elba in Luther
BBC
Alice Morgan (Ruth Wilson) and DCI John Luther (Idris Elba)

Actor, musician and DJ Idris Elba will be performing a DJ set in Jersey this month. 

Best known for his roles in the BBC One series Luther (pictured), as well as Stringer Bell in US hit series The Wire, as Heimdall in Marvel's Thor and Nelson Mandela in the film Long Walk to Freedom, he will be at Mimosa Bar in St Helier on 29 April.

Huge Easter egg has more chocolate than the average person eats in a year

This £200 Easter egg has almost one-and-a-half times more chocolate than the average person in the UK eats in a year.

Asian hornets could 'hawk' outside bee hives

BBC Radio Jersey

Members of the Jersey Beekeepers' Association have said they fear a local sighting of an Asian Hornet is evidence they're setting up colonies in Jersey.

Hornets are a serious danger to the local bee population and could pose a threat to the pollination of crops, according to the group.

The association's vice president John de Carteret says European bees aren't able to fend off attacks from the Asian Hornet.

Asian hornet
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Later on in the summer, from about August right through until November, the worker hornets are coming out looking for proteins to feed their young and will 'hawk' outside a beehive by flying in front of it. The European bee hasn't evolved the defence that the Asian honey bee has, it just flies out singly to try and attack this invader... and the hornet basically grabs it in the air, bites its head off and takes the remainder back to feed its young."

John de CarteretVice president, Jersey Beekeepers' Association

Force thanked for 'show of unity' for PC Keith Palmer funeral

New waste disposal 'difficult to quantify'

BBC Radio Guernsey

A former States member is expressing her frustration at a lack of information in the government's new waste strategy.

St Peter Port Constable Jenny Tasker is concerned by the uncertainty around the future costs of disposing of household rubbish in bin bags.

Until then she says they can't decide what the best system of waste collection will be in St Peter Port.

To change from two collections to one would mean an alteration in the rounds, probably. If people have more rubbish on their one round then the lorries are going to wherever they have to go more often. So it's something that we can't actually quantify at this stage."

Jenny TaskerConstable, St Peter Port

Cannabis user hid £90,000-worth in cabinet at work

Guernsey Press

A heavy cannabis user has been jailed for three-and-a-half years for being involved in the supply of up to £90,000-worth of cannabis resin.

Pedestrian 'bruised in suspected hit and run'

Rob England

BBC News Online

A pedestrian has been hit by a car and bruised whilst walking along La Grande Route de la Cote in St Clement, police say. 

Jersey Police said they would like to speak to the driver of a grey Renault car who was travelling eastbound towards St Clement’s Parish Hall yesterday at about 19:15.

'Christmas presents visit' drugs courier jailed for six years

BBC Radio Jersey

A Liverpool drugs courier, who flew into Jersey for a one-night visit telling customs officers that he was delivering Christmas presents, has been sentenced to six years In prison at Jersey Royal Court.

Andrew David Edwards Jones, 39, was found to be carrying the equivalent of 280 doses of MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy.

Jones arrived in Jersey on 14 December on a flight from Liverpool. A cling-filmed wrapped drugs package in his stomach was spotted after he was taken for an X-ray by customs officers who found traces of cocaine on his bags.

The drugs had an estimated street value of £2,800 in Jersey but could be purchased for between £250 and £500 in the UK, the court heard.

Animal charity warns of dangers after hedgehog dies in net

BBC Radio Jersey

Hedgehog
The Jersey Hedgehog Preservation Society

A local animal preservation charity has spoken out after a hedgehog died and three others were found tangled in discarded netting left in Bonne Nuit Bay in Jersey.

The Jersey Hedgehog Preservation Society said this is a potentially fatal hazard for the animals.

Secretary for the charity Dru Burdon said: "All sorts of netting left on the ground anywhere, at any time of year, are a potential hazard for hedgehogs. It is not only fishing, net but garden netting can also cause problems if left on the ground or if not pegged down and pulled taut.

"The finer the net, the more damage can be done as the hedgehog struggles to get free".

Increase in fuel and light prices 'could be down to heating oil'

BBC Radio Jersey

The cost of living in Jersey has risen by nearly 3%, the biggest annual rise in prices for almost five years.

One of the notable increases was in the cost of housing, motoring, fuel and light, statistics showed.

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We have a different distribution of the fuel and light group compared to the UK. We have a higher weight to domestic heating oil where prices increase over the year. When in the UK they have a greater weight to gas, rather than heating oil, and gas prices actually fell over the year."

Helen BoysAssistant Statistician, States of Jersey Statistics Unit

Artist makes Town Church Easter visual

Guernsey Press

The Easter service at Town Church is going to be much more animated than usual this year.

Wildlife trust to protect 'vulnerable' bird in Alderney

BBC Radio Guernsey

Alderney Wildlife Trust is working to ensure the island's ringed plover population maintains current levels. 

The bird is listed as vulnerable in the UK and France, and Alderney has the last breeding population in the Channel Islands. 

They nest in sand dunes so are at risk of being disturbed by the general public.

Ringed Plover
Alderney Wildlife Trust

Reds sign three players for next season

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Championship side Jersey Reds have signed Saracens hooker Jared Saunders, with flankers Seb Nagle-Taylor and Conor Joyce also joining next season.

Saunders, 26, has played 23 times for Sarries across the Premiership, Anglo-Welsh Cup and European competitions.

Jared Saunders
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Joyce, 23, joins from Pro12 side Ulster, while 22-year-old Nagle-Taylor will arrive from Ealing.

Jersey hookers Jack Macfarlane, 24, and Nick Selway, 27, have also signed new contracts to keep them at St Peter.

Antique pistol 'may take a year to clean up'

BBC Radio Jersey

An antique pistol found on a Jersey beach and believed to be almost 375-years-old could take some time to clean up, Jersey Heritage says.

Amateur metal detector Tony Collins found the pistol while beachcombing at St Aubin's Bay in February. 

Neil Mahrer, from Jersey Heritage, said it could take up to a year to clean because there was concern it could be damaged in the process.

Antique pistol
Jersey Heritage

The trick is to do it very slowly and very carefully. What you've got is, as the iron parts of the gun start to rust under the water, the rust comes out and and forms a sort of a glue that binds all of the sand and stones and shells around it together, so we need to remove that.

Neil MahrerJersey Heritage

More people to be prosecuted in court for driving with a phone

BBC Channel Islands News

More people will be sent to court if they are found to be driving and using a mobile phone. 

Jersey Police recently launched a campaign to clamp down on it after the number of people caught and prosecuted for using phones behind the wheel went up from 374 in 2015 to 444 last year.

To show a tougher approach to the crime, Jersey's courts will now deal with more of those caught using a mobile phone while driving.

Until recently, most people caught faced a Parish Hall enquiry.

There will be more people prosecuted in the Magistrate's Court for these kinds of offences. It's not just an error picking up the phone - your concentration, you may lose it for three or four seconds, and it could have serious consequences for a third party, even yourself."

Centenier Danny ScaifeChef de Police, St Helier

A look at the weather across the Channel Islands

BBC Weather

Any early brightness will soon be replaced with cloudy skies this morning, but it should brighten up this afternoon. 

Maximum temperature: 13C (55F).

In Jersey:

weather
BBC

And in Guernsey:

weather
BBC

New buses 'will make a difference' on Guernsey's roads

BBC Radio Guernsey

New narrower buses that will be operating on Guernsey's roads next month will make a difference to road users, according to the States.

Deputy Barry Brehaut introduced the new WrightBus StreetVibe vehicles, which are 7cm narrower than their predecessors.

Mr Behaut said they would be more environmentally-friendly, and more suitable for Guernsey's roads.

If you look at the way we all drive, and the clearance between wing mirrors is minimal as it is, 7cm will make a difference. We have to have a bus which is robust enough to drive down the east coast in the winter and can deal with sea spray and things."

Deputy Barry BrehautEnvironment Committee President

Asian hornet 'could endanger Jersey bee population' warning after sighting

BBC Radio Jersey

Members of the Jersey Beekeepers' Association said they fear a local sighting of an Asian Hornet is evidence they're setting up colonies on the island.

Asian Hornet
Getty Images

One of the predatory wasp breed was spotted at an Anne Port property last week. 

The hornets are a serious danger to local bee populations and could pose a threat to the pollination of crops. 

The association's vice president, John de Carteret, said European bees weren't able to fend off attacks from the invasive species.

Operations 'delayed during wait for new surgeon'

BBC Radio Guernsey

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The Medical Specialist Group said a fourth orthopaedic surgeon was due to arrive in June.

RNLI crew would 'return immediately if coxswain reinstated'

Rob England

BBC News Online

Members of St Helier's RNLI station, who resigned after their coxswain, Andy Hibbs, was asked to step down by the charity, have said they will be "unable" to return to their roles unless Mr Hibbs is reinstated.

The crew said: "We are unable to return to our roles at this time without Andy returning to his, and we await the result of his appeal, hoping that a sensible outcome will allow both sides to move forward for the good of both the RNLI and St Helier Lifeboat Station, and hopefully we can return to the good relationship of old.

The RNLI said the St Helier skipper was dismissed due to a "serious breach" of the RNLI's Volunteer Code of Conduct.

RNLI
BBC

Hedgehog dies after being caught in fishing net

Jersey Evening Post

A hedgehog has died and another was left so seriously injured it will never be released back into the wild after they were caught in a discarded fishing net.