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Summary

  1. Murder accused pleads not guilty
  2. Jersey and Guernsey join forces to attract more tourists
  3. Jersey students 'attendance high in 2016'
  4. RAF aircraft to take part in training exercise
  5. Jersey set for final showdown with Munster
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday 24 April

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By Rob England

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Our coverage throughout the day

Rob England

BBC News Online

Live updates for the Channel Islands have finished for the week, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather. 

Don't forget BBC Channel Islands News at 18:30 and the late bulletin at 22:30 tonight. There will also be news through the weekend on your BBC Local Radio station.

Education minister rules out sixth form at Les Quennevais

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's education minister has ruled out putting facilities for a sixth form at Les Quennevais school. 

Following calls for the west of the island to have its own facilities to study A levels, deputy Rod Bryans said he has considered whether the new site would be suitable. 

But he said the option has been ruled it out, partly because he does not think the students themselves would be interested.

The students that were wanting to go from Les Quennevais to Hautlieu this year, and I think it's the biggest number of students this year that they've ever had going to Hautlieu, is because they want to move.

Where to listen and watch the Reds this evening

BBC Sport

Local sports fans will cram into the clubhouse at Jersey Rugby Club tonight to watch one of the biggest games in the team's history. 

The Reds are away against Munster A in the British and Irish Cup final in Cork, the match is being streamed live back to St Peter.

BBC Jersey's sport team will be broadcasting comprehensive live radio commentary from 19:00.

Jersey Reds
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Man 'headbutted' in St Peter Port

BBC Radio Guernsey

A man allegedly headbutted another in St Peter Port on Sunday 2 April.

It happened around 02:10 at The North Plantation, St Peter Port.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

Gorst: Using rainy day fund for hospital 'irresponsible'

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's chief minister has dismissed calls for the islands new hospital to be paid for entirely from the governments "rainy day fund". 

The original plan was to borrow £4m for the work, and find the rest from the strategic reserve.

Jersey General Hospital
BBC

But scrutiny has brought forward an alternative, to take the whole cost from the fund to avoid the island going too far into debt.

Senator Ian Gorst said although there is nearly enough in the fund to pay for the new hospital twice over, it would be irresponsible to spend that much all in one go.

Motorbike ridden 'dangerously' in Jersey

Rob England

BBC News Online

The police are appealing to witnesses who may have seen a motorbike being ridden "dangerously" along Havre Des pas on Sunday 16 April, at about 15:00. 

It is believed there was a car driving directly behind the motorbike, and police want to speak to the driver of this car. 

The motorbike is thought to have pulled a wheelie along the sea front as it was being ridden, heading east, police said.

Parents warned about Europe-wide measles outbreak

Rob England

BBC News Online

Jersey's department of health and social services has issued a warning to parents after a "major measles outbreak" in parts of Europe.

The department is emphasising the importance of protecting their children with the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

They say Italy and Romania have been particularly badly effected.

The latest provisional statistics show that 97% of children in Jersey have received at least one MMR vaccine dose by the age of five, with 92% received the recommended two dose course.

Uptake of immunisation is generally high in Jersey, however the European outbreak and the deaths it is causing show just how important it is for all children to be vaccinated. Measles is one of the most infectious diseases – it can be caught by an unvaccinated person by spending just 15 minutes in the same room with someone who is infected. It’s vital we maintain high levels of vaccination in Jersey to ensure measles doesn’t affect our children."

Dr Linda DiggleHead of Preventive Programmes

Dorset police appeal for missing man from Sark

Rob England

BBC News Online

A man from Sark has gone missing in Dorset, police said.

A spokesperson said 51-year-old Steve Grey travelled from Guernsey to Poole on a planned trip on 27 March.

They added: "Since then, he had been staying in hotels, but has not been seen or heard from since Saturday 8 April."

Steve Grey
Dorset Police

Mr Grey is described as white, 5ft 7ins tall, of medium build and with long grey hair and a beard. 

Police said he was last seen wearing beige trousers, a grey woollen jumper and boat shoes.

Inspector Steve Horton, from Dorset Police said Mr Grey's lack of communication was "out of character".

Murder accused pleads not guilty

BBC Channel Islands News

A 52-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to murder. 

Michael Charles Brown, from Jersey, appeared at the Royal Court this morning charged with killing John Stephen McCarthy at Vauxhall Gardens in St Helier on 21 October 2016. 

He entered a guilty plea to the lesser charge of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility. 

A date for his trial will be set in six weeks.

Vauxhall Gardens
BBC
The 73-year-old victim was found wounded on a driveway in Vauxhall Gardens

Jersey born rugby international wishes Reds 'good luck'

Rob England

BBC News Online

"Proud Jersey-man" and England rugby international Matt Banahan, currently playing for Bath, has wished Jersey Reds good luck in the British and Irish Cup final tonight.

The game is being shown at Jersey Rugby Club, with live commentary on BBC Radio Jersey from 19:00.

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Brexit discussions continue but with civil servants

BBC Channel Islands News

The heads of Jersey and Guernsey governments will not be meeting UK ministers to continue Brexit negotiations on Monday as planned.

Representatives from the Crown dependencies will still attend a meeting in London, but will speak with civil servants instead of elected officials.

Jersey's Chief Minister Ian Gorst said the UK ministers will be busy campaigning for the UK 2017 general election.

It will mean that at a ministerial level those discussions will not go on because those ministers will be out fighting in their constituencies. But at an official level it's expected that those conversations and the working groups that we are party to will continue throughout this period. Quite how, whether they take a slightly different form, we will have to wait and see.

Senator Ian GorstChief Minister, States of Jersey

Flights between Alderney and Jersey 'could bring more tourists'

BBC Radio Jersey

The CEO of Visit Jersey has claimed the island could benefit from promoting itself alongside Guernsey and the other Channel Islands, but air and ferry links need to be improved to get the best results. 

Keith Beecham said better transport to Alderney could appeal to customers in mainland Europe. 

I understand there's some possibility of an airline flying between Alderney and Jersey. If that happens I think that will be an excellent initiative for us to visit Alderney, and for people from Alderney to come here. More importantly it means we can go to say Germany, and talk to tour operators in Germany and say well, if you'd like to go to Jersey, you can go to Alderney."

Keith BeechamCEO, Visit Jersey

Fans travel to Cork for historic match

BBC Sport

Local sports fans are looking forward to one of the most significant moments in Jersey sporting history tonight. 

Jersey Reds are in rugby's British and Irish Cup final against Munster A. 

The Reds have already achieved their highest ever place in the league and now want to cap the season off with some silverware. 

It will be the last match in a Jersey shirt for a string of players including Gary Graham (pictured), James Freeman and Simon Kerrod.

Gary Graham
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Indecent exposure case being investigated

Jersey Evening Post

The case of a man who indecently exposed himself in public toilets in Green Street is being investigated, the police have said.

Jersey desalination plant 'last resort' in drought

BBC Radio Jersey

The chief executive of Jersey Water has said the desalination plant is essential in times of drought. 

There has been no significant rainfall for 16 days, and Jersey Met Office said none was expected until at least next week. 

Water from the updated desalination plant will be used to top up Jersey reservoirs. The plant produces 10.4m litres of water a day. Helier Smith said it's a last resort as it costs £4,000 a day in electricity alone to run.  

It's very easy to use a lot of water, a hose pipe can use 1,000 litres in an hour, which is enough for a family of four for three days. Our customers should be wary, and not waste water.

Helier SmithChief Executive, Jersey Water

On Thursday, Jersey Met Office announced the island was in a period of "absolute drought", because of no significant rain in 15 days, Jersey Water said the island's water reserves were "vulnerable".

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Queen turns 91

Rob England

BBC News Online

Queen
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The Duke and Duchess of York hold their daughter, the future Queen, in a photo dated 1 May 1926

Buckingham Palace has shared a photo of the Queen as a baby to mark her 91st birthday, amid online tributes and military salutes to mark the occasion.  

The Queen also celebrates an "official birthday" which falls on the second Saturday in June.

It will be marked with a parade in London known as the Trooping the Colour ceremony - this year's takes place the week later, on 17 June.

In the Channel Islands the British sovereign is sometimes known as the Duke of Normandy, the title held by England's first Norman King, William the Conqueror.

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Calls for further education around Holocaust

BBC Radio Guernsey

Former Deputy Elis Bebb, who has lobbied for more recognition of Guernsey people who lost their lives in the Holocaust, has said few people will know that today marks the 75th anniversary of the deportation of three Jewish women from Guernsey, who later died at Auschwitz.

holocaust memorial
BBC

Unfortunately I don't think that I've heard of any real progress, I understand that there is some work being done in relation to the curriculum that will be put in place. But beyond that, I'm unsure what the government is doing to try and further educate around the Holocaust.

Elis Bebb

The States aren't planning to mark the occasion, but Culture and Heritage says it's committed to an "appropriate public examination" of the Holocaust period.

Jersey 'must enhance its relationship with the UK'

Jersey Evening Post

Jersey must "maintain and enhance" its special relationship with the UK as a priority as the island faces possibly its greatest period of uncertainty in 70 years, the chief minister has said.

Autism Jersey to hold human table football tournament

Rob England

BBC News Online

Autism Jersey, a support charity for people on the autistic spectrum, has announced it will be hosting a human table football tournament.

human table football
Autism jersey

The idea was inspired by videos organisers saw on YouTube, who said it looked "inclusive" and "fun" for people of any level of fitness or abilities.

The event is being supported by building firms from the island, who will supply the materials and build the unique pitch.

Players stand in a football style formation on the pitch, but must hold on to large poles placed horizontally through the pitch in sections, like a table football table.

The charity has planned the event for Saturday 20 May from 10:00 at the Weighbridge.

The entry fee is £500 per team.

Road closures in St Helier

A 21-gun salute at Fort Regent for Queen's 91st birthday

Sarah Bailey

BBC Radio Jersey

A 21-gun salute at Fort Regent will mark Her Majesty The Queen's 91st birthday. 

Seven replica 18th Century cannons will be fired three times at 17:00 by the 1781 Jersey Militia at Glacis Field, in an eight-minute salute. 

It's one of the only non-military organisations that marks the day this way and Terry Underwood, its Officer Commander, said it would be a proud moment.

The view from Fort Regent
BBC

Airport row led to jail time in Jersey

Jersey Evening Post

An argument that started at Luton Airport led to a holidaymaker spending 17 days in prison in Jersey.

States reminder of tax helpdesk closure

Rob England

BBC News Online

Jersey Reds fans fly out for B&I Cup final

Tim Pryor

BBC Sport

Jersey Reds fans
BBC

More than 100 Jersey Reds fans are expected in Cork tonight for one of the most significant matches in the club’s history.

The Reds face Munster A in the final of the British and Irish Cup.

Lock James Voss, who grew up in Jersey and played for the club’s junior teams, starts in the second-row with Dave McKern out injured.

Munster have previously lifted the trophy, back in 2012, but this is Jersey’s first B&I Cup final.    

New air provider 'could be operating by end of 2017'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Three aircraft could be operating on routes run by the Channel Islands' newest airline, Waves, by the end of the year, it has emerged.

The airline's CEO Barrie Baxter said it was on course to begin operating its air taxi style service within months - subject to receiving an air operating certificate. 

We have a team, we have our offices, we have the plane order in, we can see the end in sight with the Air Operator Certificate. We're also developing our interface, the prime interface with the customer.

Barrie BaxterCEO Waves

RAF aircraft to take part in training exercise

Rob England

BBC News Online

There will be an RAF military aircraft flying over Jersey's skies this afternoon, a Ports of Jersey spokesperson has said.

A Royal Air Force A400 will be flying around Jersey Airport at about 13:45 this afternoon.

Islanders are advised not to be concerned as the aircraft will be approaching the airport six times, but will not land.

A400
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Reds coach looks ahead to cup final

BBC Sport

Harvey Biljon
Jonathan Huelin

This’ll be an opportunity that this team will take with them for a very long time. The fact that you’re part of a team playing for silverware – you always remember those guys you played with and those tough times out on the field. This will be a big occasion and I hope they enjoy it.”

Harvey BiljonHead coach, Jersey Reds

A bit of Friday morning history

Rob England

BBC News Online

'Reliable links between islands needed for tourism boost'

BBC Radio Jersey

Visit Jersey has come out in support of promoting the island alongside Guernsey and the other Channel Islands. 

Alderney aerial shot
BBC

The body which promotes the island is working on an agreement with its counterpart Visit Guernsey to advertise "island hopping holidays". 

Visit Jersey CEO Keith Beecham said he recognises that the lack of reliable links between islands is a potential problem, particularly to Alderney, but he hopes that can be remedied.

Former deputy 'disappointed' by lack of recognition for locals in Holocaust

BBC Radio Guernsey

A former deputy in Guernsey who successfully lobbied the island's government to officially recognise the Holocaust's local connections has said he is "disappointed" by a lack of progress. 

Elis Bebb says few people will know that today marks the 75th anniversary of three Jewish women being deported from occupied Guernsey to France; they later died at Auschwitz. 

The States have not made any plans to mark the occasion, but a spokesperson from the department of Culture and Heritage said they are committed to looking at the Holocaust period in an "appropriate" way.

Guernsey holocaust plaque
BBC

Summer internships launched to 'plug digital skills gap'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Some of Guernsey's biggest employers are hoping a new summer internship scheme for students will help plug Guernsey's digital skills gap. 

Last night, the States digital greenhouse launched a paid work experience programme for later this summer, when it will be offering five weeks of technology-related work. 

This week Guernsey's government announced a new push to increase the number of people working in the digital sector from 1,000 to 5,000 in just under 10 years. 

Strong April sunshine

BBC Weather

It will be a chilly start to the day across the islands, but there will be plenty of strong April sunshine with almost clear blue skies. 

A little patchy cloud may arrive by the end of the day, but it will remain dry. 

Maximum temperature: 14C (57F). 

In Jersey:

weather
BBC

And in Guernsey:

weather
BBC

Jersey set for final showdown with Munster

Tim Pryor

BBC Sport

Jersey Reds are preparing for one of the biggest matches in their history tonight – they face Munster A in the final of rugby’s British and Irish Cup.

About 100 supporters are travelling on charter planes from Jersey direct to Cork for the game.

Some players including captain James Freeman, Gary Graham and Simon Kerrod will be making their last appearances for the Reds.

Kick-off is at 19:30 and there’ll be live commentary on BBC Radio Jersey.

Jersey Reds run out
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