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Summary

  1. St Helier murder probe: Men released after questioning
  2. Jersey's health department criticised as 12% of hospital nursing posts are vacant
  3. Sir David and Sir Frederick Barclay are once again the richest in the Channel Islands
  4. Car windows 'smashed' and panels 'sprayed with paint' in Guernsey
  5. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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By Rob England

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Thanks for joining us this week, we'll be back with all the latest news, weather, travel and sport from 08:00 on Monday.

Enjoy your weekend.

Don't forget BBC Channel Islands News on BBC One at 18:30 and 22:30.

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Guernsey pair to attempt seven ironman triathlons in seven days

Rob England

BBC News Online

Two endurance runners from Guernsey are attempting seven ironman distance triathlons in seven days around the island.

They are attempting the challenge for the "FCG EPIC Week challenge" raising money for the local charity This Is EPIC

Philip Smith and Warren Mauger will attempt to swim 2.4 miles in Havelet Bay, cycle 112 miles around the west coast, and run 26.2 miles in four laps between Havelet to Vale Castle every day over the week beginning 10 July.

They are thought to be the first local athletes to attempt the challenge in Guernsey.

The pair say their previous challenges raised over £50,000 for local charities.

Philip Smith and Warren Mauger
Chris George

We continue to use these events as a vehicle to raise money for the very worthy charity Guernsey Mind and change people’s lives through This is EPIC which works with projects in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo."

Warren Mauger

Weather: Rainy Saturday ahead

BBC Weather

Cloud will thicken through the evening bringing outbreaks of rain overnight, some of which could be heavy at times.

Strong to gale force winds will continue for a time, although these will tend to ease by dawn. Minimum Temperature: 10C (50F).

Weather map
BBC

Saturday will be a fairly cloudy day with outbreaks of rain continuing for most of the day, perhaps heavy at times.

Winds will become light but it will feel rather cool. Maximum Temperature: 12C (54F).

Siam Cup: Jersey v Guernsey

BBC Sport

Jersey have named just three professionals in their squad as they search for a ninth consecutive Siam Cup win against rivals Guernsey.

Guernsey Raiders v Jersey 2016
Sue Armes

Deputy says ministers 'out of touch' with nursing crisis

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey's hospital could be short of up to 40 nurses as a recruitment crisis deepens. 

Figures revealed this week show more than one in ten posts are unfilled there.

Deputy Geoff Southern who sits on the scrutiny panel claims that ministers are "out of touch" with what is happening in nursing, and need to take action.

The cost of living is 20% higher than the mainland. When you're faced with the expenses of moving away from the UK, plus also the international shortage of nurses. It's a big scale problem. But to remedy it, if we're not going to fall behind we have to make some moves to ensure that Jersey is an attractive place to come.

Deputy Geoff Southern

FAB Link changes plans

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

FAB Link Limited says it's listened to people in Alderney and changed plans to develop a £500m electricity cable running from France to Britain via the island. 

It follows concerns about the environmental impact of the project from members of the public and the Alderney Wildlife Trust.

The company has called on the States to progress a planning application, but is also exploring bypassing the island with an alternative "offshore" route. 

Longis Common
BBC
Under the current plan a set of 5in cables would be buried 1-2m under Longis Common

Football: North face off against Rovers for league title

James Rabey

BBC Radio Guernsey

The Guernsey Priaulx League title will be decided this weekend as North face off against Rovers at the Northfield.   

The game is the final match in the top flight this season, with North at the top and Rovers third. 

The Port Soif-based team are on 42 points and North on 44 meaning anything other than a Rovers win sends the title to the chocolate blues.

The match kicks off at 14:00 tomorrow afternoon with the biggest crowd of the Priaulx League season expected to attend.

FAB link could miss out Alderney

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

The company behind the FAB Link - a £500m electricity cable planned to connect France and Britain via Alderney - is now drawing up plans for an alternative "offshore" route.

Last month, Alderney's top politician James Dent said a deal between the government and FAB Link Limited was "some way off".

Now, the company says the project has been delayed because it's been unable to get planning permission from Alderney States to lay interconnector cables. 

Proposed FAB link route
BBC

Pitbull terrier removed from Island

Alexandra Spiceley

BBC Radio Jersey, Reporter

Jersey Customs officials have had a puppy, thought to be a dangerous breed, taken off the island.

A minister ruled the dog, called Gulietta, should be taken away after it was believed to be a pitbull-type breed, which are illegal in Jersey.

Its owners brought it to Jersey on a pet passport at the end of February.

Officers took the puppy away two days later.

The States has published guidelines online about the breeds of dogs which are banned from the island.

Gulietta the puppy
Veronika Benhakak

Austrian ambassador calls confirmation of UK and EU citizen rights in visit

BBC Radio Guernsey

On an official visit to Guernsey Austria's ambassador to the UK has called for the status of EU citizens living in the UK, and UK citizens living in other EU countries, to be confirmed as soon as possible. 

His Excellency Martin Eichtinger's visit was aimed at boosting trade and tourism opportunities.

Mr Eichtinger said he wants to see a quick solution as part of the Brexit process.

Martin Eichtinger
BBC

This is the first and foremost problem we have to solve because if there is not an agreement of EU nationals in the UK and the British nationals in the European Union we are really interfering in human lives.

Martin EichtingerAustrian ambassador to the UK

Flat fire prompts smoking advice

Rob England

BBC News Online

The fire service have issued safety advice following a flat fire today in St Helier.

An elderly woman was taken to hospital with minor burns and shock as a result.

A spokesperson said: "Initial investigations show that the most probable cause for the fire was due to a smoking material."

A bedroom fire
Jersey Fire and Rescue Service

Watch commander Richard Ryan said: "The place where we feel safest, at home, is where most smoking material structure fires, deaths, and injuries occur."

Jersey Fire and Rescue service advice states:

  • Never smoke in bed.
  • Don’t smoke if you are drowsy.
  • Don’t leave a lit cigarette balancing in an ashtray.
  • Keep lighters & smoking materials out of the reach of children.

More detailed fire safety advice is available online.

Guernsey 'ready' for cannabis based medicines

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's medical community said it is ready to move forward with cannabis-based medicines providing any legal barriers are removed.

Both Guernsey and Jersey are consulting on using the medicines to treat some conditions. 

Ed Freestone, assistant director of Health and Social Care, said some drugs have already been approved.

Cannabis bud
Getty Images

The particular drugs that we've already got approved have gone through the entire regulatory process, which means there's an evidence base to support their use.

Ed FreestoneAssistant Director of Health and Social Care, Guernsey

Man 'sexually assaulted' in St Helier

Rob England

BBC News Online

Police are appealing for witnesses after man in his early 20s was allegedly sexually assaulted by another man in St Helier.

The man who assaulted him has been described as more than 5ft 10in tall, with dark hair in a "messy/spiked hairstyle" and wearing a dark leather jacket.

Belmont road
Google
The incident took place in the Belmont Road area in the early hours of Sunday 30 April

Liberation Day choir to be 'Last Night of the Proms meets Vera Lynn'

BBC Radio Guernsey

A member of Guernsey's Liberation Day choir is encouraging people to bring hats and flags.

The choir will be out in force from 19:00 on 9 May at St James Concert and Assembly Hall .

Bring your flags, bring your red white and blue, bring your party hats because in the second half we really get into it. We really get patriotic and in a sing-a-long mood, it's Last Night of the Proms meets Vera Lynn."

John Muir

Accurate figures for CI Rich List 'a challenge'

Rob Byrne

BBC Radio Guernsey

How do you go about estimating the wealth of Channel Island residents with no public accounts, and if the millionaires in question don't want to talk?

It's been a challenge for Robert Watts, compiler of The Sunday Times Rich List.

Mr Watts says some millionaires do assist with his wealth estimates, but finding financial information is particularly difficult in the islands.

Sunday Times Rich List
BBC

Some of these people do talk a great deal and will offer us guidance. But certainly one of the challenges of people based in the Channel Islands is it's a bit harder to find those accounts because a lot of them aren't published."

Robert Watts

Flat fire: Woman taken to hospital with minor burns

Rob England

BBC News Online

An elderly woman has been taken to hospital with minor burns after a fire in her flat, Jersey Fire and Rescue has said.

The service said: "Initial investigations show that the most probable cause for the fire was due to a smoking material." 

Just before 11:00 crews were called to the property in First Tower, St Helier, after reports a hallway was beginning to "fill with smoke" and "large bangs" could be heard coming from a bedroom.

Two fire engines were diverted from safety training at a school.

A spokesperson said: "Firefighters remained on scene for over an hour checking whether the fire had spread and removing the damaged items from the property."

Siam Cup: 'The pressure is on Jersey' says Guernsey boss

James Rabey

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey rugby's coach has said the pressure is on Jersey ahead of the Siam Cup clash tomorrow afternoon.

The second oldest trophy in rugby history will be battled out for once again at St Peter with the greens looking to win it for the first time in nine years.

Guernsey squad at the Siam cup match in 2016
BBC Sport

Reynolds has selected six debutantes for the tie with four of them expected to start. 

Kick off is at 15:00.

The Guernsey squad is as follows:

Sam Steventon, Tom Ceillam, Layton Batiste, Lewis Hillier (Captain), Nick Merrien, Romain Mercadal, Dale Martin, Dan Hill, Adam Nixon, Owen Thomas, Luke Jones, Blair Campbell, Ned Brown, Luke Sayer, and Kenny Hellier - Replacements: Cameron Craine, Luke Skovronek, Malcolm Barnes, Dom Rice, Paddy Ryan, Dave Davison, Sam Whitehead.

The app that 'could save lives' say Guernsey Police

Rob England

BBC News Online

Guernsey’s emergency services are giving their support to a new app they say is designed to "help members of the public provide potentially life-saving treatment before the emergency services arrive" if caught in an incident.

The CitizenAID system was launched in January this year. 

It is a free app which provides a step-by-step system of immediate actions to take in the case of an emergency.

While many people are familiar with the course of action to take in a medical emergency such as a heart attack, different responses are needed for incidents involving severe bleeding, crush injuries and shock. Often, members of the public are the first on scene, and fast, correct actions during those initial few minutes can save lives."

Nigel TaylorSuperintendent of Operations, Guernsey Police

Brexit among possible reasons for drop in tourist spending

BBC Radio Jersey

The head of Visit Jersey says there are a number of reasons why tourists spent less on the island last year.

The latest report showed a drop of 5%.

Brexit EU and UK flags
Getty Images

There's a lot of uncertainty in the world so people are just being a bit more cautious. We had a weakening pound because of Brexit of course. I think there was also some worries that inflation in the UK was beginning to creep up. So there are a number of reasons why people were just a little bit more careful with the money they spent."

Keith BeechamHead of Visit Jersey

'Excitement' in Guernsey camp ahead of Siam Cup

BBC Radio Guernsey

The Guernsey captain has said there is potential for a win in the Siam cup this weekend.

The annual rugby match between Guernsey and Jersey has been dominated by the reds in recent years.

However, this season the greens have enjoyed their highest ever league finish while Jersey are only selecting three professional players for tomorrow's match.

Lewis Hillier
Martin Gray

The potential of going over there and taking it this year means the absolute world to us. There's a lot of excitement about the camp and there are a lot of new boys on their first Siam. It will be a great opportunity for them to win it as well. It means a lot to everyone."

Lewis HillierCaptain, Guernsey Raiders

Children 'happier' and attendance 'higher' with dogs in classroom

BBC Radio Guernsey

Children in Guernsey are happier, and classrooms are quieter since the introduction of dogs in some schools, a teacher has said.

Sara Sarre at Les Voies school, who is both a teacher and a dog trainer, said it has made a big difference in the children's attitude towards school.

Obviously they're not going to solve all issues but definitely my classroom's tend to be quieter, calmer. The children seems more focused, they're happier to come to class so attendance is much better. All of those things are improved by having the dogs in."

Sara SarreTeacher, Les Voies School

One person taken to hospital after fire

Car tyre punctured by 'sharp implement'

Rob England

BBC News Online

A silver Hyundai had its rear tyre punctured by a "sharp implement" in St Peter Port, police have said.

The incident is believed to have happened between 21:00 on Wednesday and 06:00 on Thursday at the bottom of Vale Road.

Police are looking for witnesses.

Jersey road reopens after 'incident'

Rob England

BBC News Online

It is currently unclear as to the nature of the incident that closed the road at about 11:00.

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Guernsey Airport to provide 'supportive environment' for breastfeeding

BBC Radio Guernsey

Signs have gone up at Guernsey Airport to support mothers who want to breastfeed their children in the terminal building. 

Airport manager Kate Lawson said they aim to provide support, particularly to new mothers.

It's something that we are really quite proud of actually to be piloting this. Having been a new mum you can feel that perhaps it's not welcome in some places and if you know that, if the support of the environment is there, it's much better."

Kate LawsonManager, Guernsey Airport

JDC boss took home £200,000 last year

Jersey Evening Post

The managing director of the company responsible for developing the Jersey International Finance Centre and other States land earned more than £200,000 last year, it has been revealed.

Dogs 'help students with anxiety' in classrooms

BBC Radio Guernsey

Teachers in Guernsey have said they are seeing the benefits of dogs being used more in the classrooms. 

St Martin's Primary school has one that regularly sits with pupils during reading sessions.

Staff at Les Voies School say they have two "full time" dogs that take on a variety of roles from greeting students to sitting in class and helping individuals with things like exam anxiety and helping calm down students when emotions are running high. 

A dog in Guernsey
BBC

Jersey Sport: Chief executive appointed

Tim Pryor

BBC Sport

The head of a sports performance centre in Scotland has been chosen to lead the new body to oversee and champion sport in Jersey.

Catriona McAllister has been named as the first chief executive of "Jersey Sport".

She will lead the new organisation, if its establishment is approved by the States later this month.

One-hundred-and-nineteen people applied for the job.

Ms McAllister has led sports programmes in Scotland for more than two decades.

Sally Davis Walk cancelled in Guernsey

BBC Radio Guernsey

The Sally Davis Walk, which was due to take place along Guernsey's cliffs tomorrow, has been cancelled due to the forecast bad weather and low attendance.

Organisers said the forecast is for heavy rain and blustery winds, and only 34 people have registered.

French nationals in Jersey invited to discuss election

BBC Radio Jersey

French nationals living in Jersey have been invited to an event organised by the island's branch of Alliance Française to discuss the run-off between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen. 

They will be offering some background to the issues of the election and how the outcome might impact French citizens and France's relations with neighbours. 

The event this evening will be held at 5 Library Place and is open to all. 

Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen
AFP

Three professional players in Jersey Siam Cup squad

Tim Pryor

BBC Sport

Jersey will have just three professionals in their side when they face Guernsey in the Siam Cup tomorrow. 

Nick Selway and James Voss start in the forwards, while Joel Dudley will captain the Reds from fly-half. 

New rules restricting selection for the annual game came into force last season. 

Professional players must have been in the island for at least three years to play.

Jersey lift the Siam Cup last year
BBC
Last year Jersey lifted the cup in Guernsey after a 33-19 victory

'Tourist spend drops 5% between 2015-2016 in Jersey'

BBC Radio Jersey

A report has revealed the amount of money tourists have spent while visiting Jersey dropped 5% from the previous year. 

According to the Visit Jersey 2016 annual report, tourists spent £228m during their visits. 

The organisation spent £5.1m in 2016 to promote the island as a holiday destination. 

A beach chair
Getty Images

Mums encouraged to breastfeed at Guernsey Airport

BBC Radio Guernsey

Signs have been put up at Guernsey Airport that encourage mums to breastfeed in the terminal building. 

Staff said they had noticed that some mums were "reticent" to breastfeed, despite their babies needing food.

The initiative ties into the island's breastfeeding strategy, which aims to normalise the practice in public places to encourage more mums to do it.

Inside Guernsey airport
BBC

Truck driver in court after 'brakes failed' on Victoria Avenue

Jersey Evening Post

A 68-year-old truck driver has appeared in court after the brakes of his allegedly overloaded vehicle apparently failed when they were tested during a police check on Victoria Avenue.

Jersey connections in Sunday Times Rich List

BBC Radio Jersey

More than a dozen people with Jersey connections are named in the Sunday Times Rich List this year.

The annual list, which looks at the net worth of the top 1,000 wealthiest in Britain, will be published in full this Sunday. 

Coming in at second for the richest in the Channel Islands is Sir Philip and Lady Green with £2.787bn, despite being down by £433m since last year.

Also making the list from Jersey are billionaire Simon Nixon, who founded moneysupermarket.com, the Clarke family, who were property developers, and oil and diamond dealer Tony Buckingham. 

One newcomer to the list from Jersey is financier Richard Griffiths, who debuts on the list at the 16th richest in the Channel Islands. 

His investment firm Ora Capital is based in Jersey. 

Car windows 'smashed' and panels 'sprayed with paint'

Rob England

BBC News Online

A red Nissan Serena car has been "extensively damaged" while parked in the public car park opposite Vale Castle, police have said.

Officers told the BBC the vehicle had its windscreen and a rear window smashed, the offside wing mirror removed and "every panel sprayed with light coloured paint".  

It's thought to have happened between 18:45 on 28 April and 14:30 on 2 May. 

Guernsey Police are appealing for witnesses.

Police training activity in Guernsey - 'Don't be alarmed'

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Windy with some sunny spells today, turning wetter overnight

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

It will be a fairly cloudy start to the day, but this will tend to break up bringing spells of sunshine through much of the day. 

Winds will gradually strengthen though, perhaps reaching gale force by the end of the afternoon. Maximum temperature: 14C (57F). 

BBC weather in the South West on Friday 5 May

Barclay brothers 'richest' in the Channel Islands

BBC Radio Guernsey

The Sunday Times has listed Sir David and Sir Frederick Barclay at the top of their list of  the 'richest' people in the Channel Islands.

The new edition of The Sunday Times Rich List is due to be published this weekend. 

With gains of up to £200m over the year the 82-year-old Barclay twins are now reportedly worth £7.2bn.  

The Brothers live on the island of Brecqhou, which is governed by Sark and part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey.