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Summary

  1. Grave of Nazi concentration camp survivor found
  2. A new air taxi service for Channel Islands
  3. Barbecues and cigarettes warning after Jersey fire
  4. Guernsey 'performing well in dealing with patients undergoing a mental health crisis'
  5. Call for some employment restrictions to be lifted for Guernsey hospitality and tourism workers
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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By Ryan Morrison

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Evening weather: Showery rain

BBC Weather

Turning cloudier through the evening with isolated showers developing with a risk of thunder. 

The odd mist or fog patchy is also possible. Minimum Temperature: 12 Deg C (54 Deg F)

Jersey

Jersey weather
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Guernsey weather
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Woman dies by smoking attached to oxygen tank in Jersey

Rob England

BBC News Online

A smoker "sparked a fire around her mouth" when she tried to light a small pipe while attached to an oxygen feed.

Mask and oxygen tank
Getty Images

Diane Lesley Noel, 64, from St Peter in Jersey, died from shock last October when the miniature explosion caused her heart and lungs to fail, an inquest heard. 

The inquest, held at Morier House in St Helier today, heard Mrs Noel had been suffering from chronic lung disease for years and was "warned to stop".

Advocate Cyril Whelan heard Mrs Noel had a previous scare a few years earlier from smoking while using her oxygen, and that Mr Noel said he thought she had "learned her lesson".

On the 20 October 2016 a neighbour called the Fire Service after Mrs Noel's flat's fire alarm sounded for 45 minutes.

Mrs Noel was declared dead two hours later. 

Hemp farming 'could help island agriculture'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Industrial hemp, a variety of cannabis that is used in industrial products such as doors and insulation, could be a major feature of Jersey's agriculture industry if a trial is successful according to an environment department spokesman.

Hemp
Reuters

Industrial Hemp Partnership has been given a one season licence to grow four varieties of hemp to see how well it grows in the island. It will take up just over a hectare of land during the trial.

Scott Meadows, head of plant health at the Jersey Environment Department, said the varieties given a licence have a very low psychoactive component.

The licence was granted as part of the rural economy strategy, aimed at diversifying the ecology of the island beyond dairy and potatoes. 

I think if commercially this stacks up and the data we take points to a commercial future for hemp I think it can be part of a sustainable future for farming in Jersey.

Scott MeadowsHead of Plant Health

'Extensive consultation' over population legislation

BBC Radio Guernsey

"Extensive consultation" has taken place with local businesses about the effects of new population legislation according to Guernsey's Home Affairs Committee. 

Its response follows comment from the owner of the St Pierre Park Hotel, who called for some employment restrictions to be lifted for off-island workers in the hospitality industry.

St Pierre Park
BBC

Hotelier Julia Hands fears talented staff will be attracted to destinations with long-term career prospects and the chance to build a life. She says relaxing the rules in Guernsey for live-in staff would be a positive start.

Home Affairs President, Deputy Mary Lowe, says her team remains "committed" to working with the business community to make sure policies meet the needs of industry wherever possible.

She says current laws reflect the need to retain staff within the hospitality sector who are part of a formal succession plan into senior roles. Deputy Lowe says this will ensure the long term continuity that Mrs Hands wants.

Belsen survivor 'laid to rest in paupers grave'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A Jerseyman who was one of only two British people to survive the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp was laid to rest in a pauper's grave in Nottingham.

Grave
Stan Keiller

Frank Le Villio was born in Jersey and aged 19 was deported to France after taking a joy ride on the motorbike of a German officer during the Nazi occupation of the island.

He was then moved to Bergen-Belsen and after it was liberated he settled in Nottingham only to die a year later of tuberculosis.

The location of his final resting place wasn't well known until historian Stan Keiller discovered it while researching Frank's life story. The grave was completely unmarked until the local vicar placed a small cross to mark the location.

Hemp licence trial 'for industrial uses'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A licence has been granted for a farm in Jersey to grow industrial hemp, a member of the cannabis family but with very low psychoactive properties, to be used in the production of cooking oil and industrial materials.

Hemp on a table
Reuters

Scott Meadows, head of plant health at the Jersey Environment Department, said they were approached by the Industrial Hemp Partnership (IHP) wanting to look at the growth of the hemp for construction materials.

IHP will work with a local grower and the department who will monitor and research the output to make sure it meets necessary requirements.

Mr Meadows said: "Industrial hemp is a different creature to recreational cannabis, it has very low, even vanishing levels of THC which is the psychoactive aspects of cannabis.

"It is a very tall, fibrous plants and when it is proceeded can be made into car door linings, industrial panels and other products."

Doctors could train to be a GP in Jersey

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Aspiring GPs will be able to do their training placement in Jersey if politicians approve a law change.

Currently doctors wanting to become a GP have to go to the UK to do the compulsory surgery placement.

Health Minister, Senator Andrew Green, has proposed the change which is described as an "exciting advancement". It needs to be approved by the States Assembly before it can come into force.

A health spokesman said they also hope to encourage as many local GPs to become accredited trainers and practices to become accredited as suitable learning organisations. He said the move would help expand the local workforce.

Undersea power cable turned off for maintenance

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A cable importing electricity from France, which runs between Jersey and Guernsey, will be switched off on Friday so Guernsey Electricity can carry out "essential maintenance".

Work will start on 12 May and will take about two weeks to complete. It will include work on the Barkers Quarry substation and other work in Jersey and France.

The cable will be pulled up so it can be inspected and then reburied to ensure it is in full working order.

Cable diagram
Guernsey Electricity

This has been carefully planned for the summer months when electricity demand is at its lowest."

Alan BatesGuernsey Electricity CEO

During the outage power will be provided by the generators at the power station.

Guernsey 'must do more' on mental health prevention

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's government needs to do more work on mental health prevention according to a member of the Health and Social Care Committee.

The issue was raised by mental health charity Guernsey Mind who said the government was good at dealing with people going through a crisis, but prevention was lacking.

Emilie Yerby
BBC

With mental health where you need the most specialised treatment we don't have the volume on island to provide all those specialists. There will always be instances where people need to go off island for treatment."

Deputy Emilie YerbyHealth and Social Care Committee

Music festival cancelled due to poor ticket sales

Jersey Evening Post

A dance music festival due to be held at Val de la Mare Reservoir later this month has been cancelled due to poor ticket sales.

Access to hospital through Oberlands only

BBC News Travel

Le Brigade Road in Guernsey has been reopened to traffic in both directions.

Le Vauquiedor remains closed to through traffic and from this afternoon until Saturday access to Princess Elizabeth Hospital will be blocked.

All access to Princess Elizabeth Hospital site will instead be via the Oberlands.

New footpath opens by Jersey Airport runway

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A new public footpath on the northern end of the Jersey Airport runway has been opened in St Peter today.

It is part of a four-year major redevelopment project of land surrounding the airport designed to improve safety. The project cost £1.5m and was paid for by government-owned Ports of Jersey.

The project involved buying and demolishing two nearby bungalows, changing a nearby road to create the 3m wide footpath and transferring fields from the airport to the parish.

Hope for memorial to Belsen survivor

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A historian who found the grave of a survivor of Bergen-Belsen hopes to arrange for a better memorial to the man.

Frank Le Villio
Jersey Heritage

Frank Le Villio was arrested in Jersey in 1944 for taking a joyride on a German soldier's motorbike. He was sent to a French prison but later ended up in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.

He died at the age of 21 in Nottingham of tuberculosis a year after being liberated from the camp and historian Stanley Keiller found he was buried in a pauper's grave in the city.

He says after finding it the grave was cleaned up by the local vicar but he hopes a larger more permanent memorial can be put up.

No hospital buses until Saturday

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Buses won't be running to the Princes Elizabeth Hospital in Guernsey from today until Saturday. 

It's because the Vauquiedor is closed both ways and traffic is using the Oberlands entrance.

CT Plus says that's too narrow and too busy for buses to use to get to the hospital.

Firefighters take Jersey States to arbitration over pay

Mike Weir

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey firefighters are taking the States to outside arbitration in a dispute over pay. 

They're unhappy at last year's public sector pay rise of 1% which was imposed on most States employees.

Because the Fire Service is not allowed to go on strike, they have a special provision which means any pay dispute must be settled by the Jersey Arbitration and Conciliation Service.

Church land sale proposed for new school development

BBC Radio Jersey

Developers in Jersey hope to buy a piece of church-owned land in St Brelade for the redevelopment of Les Quennevais School.

Les Quennevais
BBC

They're asking St Brelade parishioners to sell the field close to the cemetery and main road.

Under Jersey's system it is up to parishioners in a parish hall meeting to decide whether to sell public or church land.

The school is being built on farmland near the airport football pitch in St Brelade.

Mental health provision 'is disjointed'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Mental health provision in Guernsey is disjointed according to a Guernsey mental health charity.

Emily Litten from Guernsey Mind says agencies and the health committee need to work better together.

There are minimal resources out there so we all have to work together to make sure we are being as efficient and as effective as possible. The key is to bring that all together and see how we can improve services collaboratively."

Emily LittenGuernsey Mind

Georgetown roads down to single lane

BBC News Travel

Don Road and Georgetown Road will be down to one lane until 15:00 tomorrow, St Saviour parish hall confirmed.

It will be one lane all the way down to the traffic lights for maintenance work on the Merton Hotel’s walls.

Grave of Bergen-Belsen survivor found in Nottingham

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The grave of a Jersey teenager who was one of the few survivors of the German Bergen-Belsen concentration camp during World War Two has been found.

Frank Le Villio's registration card
Jersey Heritage
Frank Le Villio's occupation registration card shows he worked as a mechanic's apprentice

Frank Le Villio was arrested by the Germans in 1944 after taking a joyride on a German soldier's motorbike. He was charged with military larceny and sent to a French prison. He later ended up in Bergen-Belsen.

After the camp was liberated he made his way to Nottingham but he died one year later of tuberculosis aged just 21.

Historian Stanley Keiller was aware of Frank's story and wanted to find his burial site. After an appeal for information he found he had been laid to rest in a pauper's grave at Wilford Hill Cemetery in the city.

Afternoon weather: Warm sunshine

BBC Weather

It will be a fine and dry for the rest of the day across the Channel Islands with plenty of prolonged warm sunny spells on offer.

There will be a moderate to fresh easterly wind. Maximum Temperature: 17C (63F).

Blue sky
BBC

Warning over ticks in Jersey pets

BBC Radio Jersey

If you have a pet in Jersey you are being asked to watch out for parasitic ticks on animals, especially cats which hunt outdoors.

A cat
BBC

Vets say animals in the west of the island are most likely to pick up the bugs, which are becoming resistant to many treatments.

Locals vets say they have seen a rise in the number of ticks in general this year, but roaming cats are particularly susceptible.

Last month an advisory was issued on the dangers of ticks after some in Jersey were found to carry Lyme disease, which can cause serious health problems in humans if not treated quickly.

Dance music festival cancelled

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

An outdoor dance music festival has been cancelled three weeks before the event was due to be held due to "poor ticket sales". It was the first year of the event.

Mass festival was due to be held at Val de la Mare Reservoir in Jersey on Saturday 27 May with a number of dance acts including Noisia, Claptone and Route 94.

Despite strong early ticket sales, we, the organisers are not confident at this stage, that the number of tickets sold at this point is strong enough to enable us to produce an event to the level we would all be proud of, both from a production and customer satisfaction point of view."

Mass organisers

Organisers didn't say how many tickets had sold but have issued a full refund to anyone who had a ticket.

They say they are moving some of the acts, including Route 94 and Camelphat to other venues.

Call for relaxed employment restrictions for hospitality

BBC Radio Guernsey

Some employment restrictions for off-island workers in Guernsey's hospitality and tourism industry should be relaxed according to the owner of an island hotel.

St Pierre Park hotel
BBC

Julia Hands owns the St Pierre Park Hotel and says the new population controls will make it difficult to recruit and retain high calibre staff.

She's calling on the States to introduce a special package for staff wanting to live and work in Guernsey's hospitality sector.

We have asked the States for a response and are expecting something later today.

Jersey youngsters to compete in Bahamas

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Jersey will send a team of seven athletes to July's Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas.

Olivia Allbut, William Brown and Isaac du Val will compete in track and field events, with Nathan Corrigan and Robbie Jones forming the swimming team.

Natasha Forrest will represent the island in tennis, with cyclist Rhys Pilley completing the line-up.

Smoking near an oxygen feed led to death

BBC Radio Jersey

A 64-year-old woman died last October after starting a fire when trying to smoke while attached to an oxygen feed, an inquest in Jersey has heard this morning.

Diane Lesley Noel's heart and lungs gave out from the shock of the oxygen catching fire around her face, the coroner concluded. She was using the oxygen to deal with chronic lung disease.

Mrs Noel had been warned not to smoke but struggled to give up her addiction.

Government notices to be moved online

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Moving official government notices online rather than publishing in the Jersey Evening Post will make it easier for more people to find it, according to the assistant minister responsible.

Deputy Scott Wickenden is leading a call for a change in the law that currently requires all government notices to be published in an English language print newspaper on the island.

The information will be available via Twitter to social media users, and free of charge via RSS to any organisation interested in providing an information service to their audiences."

Deputy Scott WickendenAssistant Minister responsible for eGov

Guernsey Swimarathon funds go to children's library project

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The Guille-Alles children's library project will be main beneficiary of this year's Skipton Swimarathon taking place from 4 to 8 October.

The library plans to create an imaginative space in order to inspire children to read, outside of the formal education environment.

Swim
BBC

A freezing of the States maintenance grant in 2001 meant the Children's Library Project fell out of the scope of the Guille-Alles' budget.

Chief librarian Laura Muligan says any funds raised through the event will go a long way toward reaching the Children's Library Project £120,000 target.

Last year's 1,780 swimmers raised £50,000 taking part in the swimming event.

Are sun cream standards slipping? And slapping? Or even slopping?

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Do you remember being told to "slip, slap and slop" when going out into the sun? Well apparently one in 10 adults that responded to a survey said they didn't use sun cream.

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Man left with 'numerous injuries' after weekend attack

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A man in his 30s was left with "numerous injuries" during an assault in St Helier, Jersey in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Jersey Police station
BBC

Police say the attack on the man, who hasn't been named, involved two men and a woman.

Officers say there were several people in the area at the time who may have seen the attack and have asked for them to get in touch.

It happened on Sunday at about 00:25 in Roseville Street between La Colomberie and Hastings Road.

New air search plane due in the autumn

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The new Channel Islands Air Search aircraft is due to arrive this autumn, according to the charity.

Air search plane
BBC

The new plane will cost £1.25m with a further million being spent on installing specialist search equipment.

Currently a basic plane is being used for searches while the permanent replacement is being built.

The old plane known as the Lion's Pride came down in 70mph winds on Jersey's north coast in 2013.

It is Liberation Day in Sark

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Yesterday thousands of people turned out to mark Liberation Day in Guernsey and Jersey, but 72 years ago islanders in Sark still had another day to wait for their liberation.

Sark
BBC

Today, 10 May, is Liberation Day in the car free Channel Island although islanders celebrated on Monday as that is when the Chelsea Pensioners and Ghurkas were available to visit.

Happy Liberation Day to the people of Sark.

Guernsey 'performing well' for some mental health patients

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey is performing well in dealing with patients undergoing a mental health crisis, but needs to do better in the areas of prevention and early intervention.

That's the assessment of mental health charity Guernsey Mind.

Man holding his face
PA

The charity said Guernsey lacked the breadth and depth of specialists available in the UK. It gave the example of someone with an eating disorder having to go off island for treatment.

Deputy Emily Yerby, who sits on the Health and Social Care Committee, said there was a lot of support out there but it wasn't always as easily available as it should be.

She said her department was working to better publicise support services available to people.

Airline to charge from £1,000 return for air taxi flight

BBC Radio Jersey

It will cost you from £1,000 to get from Jersey to Guernsey and back or from £2,500 for a return trip to Southampton, but that's for the use of the plane so is for up to eight people.

In comparison a return flight to Guernsey from Jersey on Flybe is about £125 return per person.

Owners Colin Wright and Paul Sabin
Isle-Fly

The company says people will be able to book an open return. This means they will be able to wait around and bring you back when you are ready to return.

A spokesman says they will be able to travel anywhere two hours from Jersey or Guernsey including all UK airports and a number of European destinations.

He said the first booking is already in for this weekend - they will be taking people from Jersey to Guernsey to watch the Muratti final.

About 10,000 people turnout for Guernsey Liberation Day

BBC Radio Guernsey

Organisers estimate about 10,000 people turned out in St Peter Port to celebrate Liberation Day yesterday.

The island marked 72 years since its liberation from Nazi occupation with a church service, parade, cavalcade and a rock concert.

Guernsey's Liberation Day was marked with a military parade

Look back at our live coverage of the day.