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  1. Man's death 'not linked to living conditions'
  2. Man in court over jet ski crash
  3. Wait 'too long' for mental health treatment in Jersey
  4. Jersey rescue services urge islanders to 'take more care' after night-time call-out
  5. Condor 'tried to avoid holidays' for Rapide repair work
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  7. Queen Asian hornet found in Guernsey
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Kerosene boiler fire in Alderney

Alderney's fire brigade spends nearly two hours putting out a kerosene boiler fire.

Judges could rule on assisted dying applications

BBC Radio Guernsey

Judicial oversight could be added to a proposed Guernsey assisted dying law.

If the suggestion and the overall motion - both going before the States next month - are approved, a legal review would be considered as part of the changes in law needed.

Deputy Barry Brehaut brought the motion after "public feedback" on the issue, which was first raised in October but has gathered momentum following national media coverage.

He said "a number of people" felt the proposals would be strengthened by the "consideration of a judicial role in developing a regime of robust safeguards".

The other areas being considered are:

  • The legal and professional obstacles required to be overcome in order to permit assisted dying in Guernsey
  • Whether it shall be a requirement that the individual is terminally ill and, if so, the means by which that shall be defined and determined
  • Whether it shall be a requirement that the individual shall physically administer the final act to themselves or whether it shall be permitted for others to assist
  • Whether there should be a requirement for individuals to be locally resident
  • What measures are required to protect the vulnerable and prevent abuse of the legislation
  • The numbers and roles of doctors under any proposed assisted dying legislation, and whether they would be permitted to have any conscientious objection to an individual's request
  • The age at which an individual shall have capacity for purposes of consenting under the assisted dying legislation

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Rugby: Cope to leave Jersey Reds

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Jersey Reds fly-half is the leave the island side after three seasons.

The 24-year-old South African is joining Championship rivals Yorkshire Carnegie.

Cope has scored two tries this season and is the current top points scorer in this season’s British & Irish Cup - getting 12 of Jersey's 27 in their 29-27 loss to Leinster 'A' in last week's semi-final.

Brendan Cope
Steve Lund

"I am very pleased to be joining the club. This is a great opportunity for me and I am very excited about the future," Cope told Yorkshire's website.

"I have played against Yorkshire a few times with Jersey and I like the style they play with.

"There are quite a few ex-Jersey players in the Carnegie ranks, so I am sure that will make it easier settling in."

Le Tissier plays first tournament for England

James Rabey

BBC Radio Guernsey

Maya Le Tissier and the rest of the England under-16 women's football team will play their first game of the Delle Nazioni tournament in Italy this afternoon.

Le Tissier will be playing in her first tournament with the national youth side since making her debut last year.

They play Japan in the group stages with kick off at 16:00 BST.

House name sign stolen

BBC Radio Guernsey

The sign, which is made out of brushed aluminium and plastic, has 'La Grange' written in black lettering on the front.

Guernsey Police said it went missing something after 15 April from a property along Landes Du Marche, Vale.

Officers urge anyone with information to call police on 01481 725111 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Police are also asking scrap dealers to contact them if anyone tries to sell on the sign.

Witnesses sought after argument

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey police would like to speak to anyone who may have seen an argument between two men and a woman on Lempriere Street, St Helier, at about 17:50 yesterday.

Officers said one man was wearing a dark suit and white collared shirt and the other man was dressed in grey jogging bottoms and a dark green zip up coat.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 01534 612612 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Guernsey pays tribute on Anzac Day

Beast premiere: 'Jersey on the cinema screen'

Rob England

BBC News Online

The director of Beast, a psycological thriller set in Jersey, has said it is exciting to see the island "on the big screen".

Jerseyman Michael Pearce says he is curious to see what islanders think of the film.

Jessie Buckley and Johnny Flynn
Altitude Film Entertainment
Characters Moll and Pascal

Beast, starring Jessie Buckley, Johnny Flynn and Geraldine James sees Moll (Buckley) "pulled between the control of her oppressive family and the allure of a secretive outsider suspected of a series of brutal murders".

Many of the external shots in the film were filmed in the island, according to Mr Pearce, who says the island's landscape inspired the film, along with the story of the sex offender known as the "Beast of Jersey".

The director, who grew up in St Brelade, says the film took seven years to write and has been viewed at film festivals around the world.

"When I was trying to find my first feature idea I had a few ideas set in London where I live, but I just wanted to put Jersey's landcape on the big screen," Mr Pearce said.

The film premieres at Cineworld tonight from 19:00.

Call for Bailiwick flight routes to be put into categories

BBC Radio Guernsey

Air routes from Guernsey and Alderney could be put into three different categories depending on how they benefit the community if politicians agree.

Vice President of Policy and Resources, Deputy Lyndon Trott, says they are lifeline, strategic and development routes.

He said: "Lifeline routes are routes that are essential to the economies of the community.

"Strategic routes are routes that are important and development routes are all other routes."

Jersey marks Anzac Day commemorations

Chris Stone

BBC Radio Jersey

Military representatives from Australia and New Zealand are in Jersey to represent their countries at the annual Anzac Day commemorations for the first time.

Jersey Cenotaph
Jersey Cenotaph
Jersey Cenotaph

The day remembers the sacrifice of thousands of soldiers, sailors and airmen during World War One and Two.

Group Captain Anthony Martin from the Royal Australian Air Force and Lt Marc Griffiths from the Royal New Zealand Navy took part in a dawn ceremony at the Cenotaph before visiting the rest of the island.

Jersey FA looking for new CEO

BBC Sport

The Jersey Football Association is looking for someone to take on the role of chief executive officer.

The successful candidate will be based at Springfield stadium and report to the Jersey FA board.

They will have day-to-day responsibility for all football matters on the island.

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Boat owners 'need more answers' over sea plane use

BBC Radio Jersey

Boat owners in Jersey say they need more answers before they can back plans for an inter-island sea plane service.

Clear Harbour Airways wants to run the seaplane service between St Peter Port and St Helier up to 10 times a day.

Jersey boat owners are meeting this evening to talk about their concerns.

David De Carteret, the vice commodore at Jersey Yacht Club, said they needed more information over their main concerns, including the use of the sea between Elizabeth Castle and the harbour mouth.

New JT chairman eyes Guernsey expansion

BBC Radio Guernsey

The new chairman of Channel Islands telecoms company JT Group says he wants to see the Jersey government-owned company expand its business in Guernsey.

Phil Male was announced as the chairman after Guernsey-based John Stares stepped down in March after five years in the role.

Mr Male said the company had a long track record of investment in Guernsey and he was proud to be able build on it.

Football: Guernsey FC thumped in penultimate game

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Guernsey FC suffered a 5-0 drubbing in their penultimate match of the season at Corinthian Casuals.

Gabriel Odunaike gave the home side an 18th-minute lead before Simon Geall's own goal after half-an-hour saw Casuals go into the break 2-0.

Guernsey FC
Fran Torode

They then scored two goals in two minutes shortly after the restart before Jamie Byatt's fifth goals two minutes from time.

The result leaves the Green Lions 18th in Isthmian league Division One South with one game left to play.

Possible hospital site named as Jersey's hemp farm

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A site once considered for Jersey's new hospital has been revealed as the location of the island's first hemp farm in a century.

Warwick Farm, north of St Helier, was once the States' plant nursery and has just harvested its first crop, which has been used to make vegetable oil.

During the island's major ship-building era, in the second half of the 19th Century, hemp was a major crop in Jersey as it was used in rope-making for ships.

Jersey Hemp, the company operating the farm, said it hoped future crops could be used for fabric, insulation or animal bedding.

Warwick Farm

Kerosene boiler fire in Alderney last night

BBC Radio Guernsey

Alderney's fire brigade spent nearly two hours putting out a kerosene boiler fire in the island last night.

The voluntary brigade was called after 19:00 to tackle the shed fire and had to use a 45mm hose line on the fire which had already spread to an oil tank.

Kerosene spilling out of the boiler made the fire difficult to control, according to firefighters.

Farm worker death inquest starts

BBC Radio Jersey

An inquest into the death of a farm worker in Jersey is due to open today.

Michal Juzef Kmuk, 40, who was from Poland, died after an explosion in staff living quarters in St Clement last year.

It led to Chief Minister Ian Gorst calling for a review into all staff accommodation.

The inquest starts at 10:00 at Morier House in St Helier.

Jersey Fire and Rescue

Guernsey education bosses to better support Sark School

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's Education Committee hopes to provide more support for Sark as it begins a programme of reform to address recent problems at Sark School.

Sark School
Sark School

It follows a recent damning report of Sark School by external consultants.

Education, Sport and Culture President Matt Fallaize said Sark's Education Committee was now going to put forward a proposals for Guernsey to consider.

It was a very constructive meeting with what is a new education committee in Sark. We feel there will be an opportunity for the two islands to work more closely together, particularly in the secondary phase of education."

Matt Fallaize

Football: St Peter keep pressure on leaders St Paul's

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

St Peter's slim hopes of winning Jersey's Premiership stayed alive after they were 6-0 winners over relegated bottom side Grouville.

Jake Prince got a hat-trick while Daryl Wilson scored twice and Hugo Pereira got the other at Le Boulivot.

Jersey Premiership
Jersey Football Combination

Meanwhile, leaders and reigning champions St Paul's kept their unbeaten record with a 3-0 win over fourth-placed St Clement thanks to goals from Karl Hinds, Craig Russell and Adam Trotter.

St Paul's stay six points clear of St Peter, who have three games left to play, one of which is between the two sides.

Superman star Cavill taking part in 2018 Durrell Dash

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey-born actor Henry Cavill and Superman star will compete in a run for wildlife charity The Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust.

Henry Cavill

Last year he carried one runner over the finish line on his back in the 13km (eight-mile) charity run.

So far nearly 400 runners from 15 countries have registered to take part in the event on 13 May.

The 13km road race is one of a number of events organised at Jersey Zoo to raise funds for the charity.

Weather: Mainly dry with good sunny spells

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

Today looks set to be mostly dry with good spells of sunshine and a little patchy cloud. However, the odd shower cannot be ruled out.

It will be rather breezy with a moderate to fresh westerly wind.

Maximum temperature: 9 to 12C (48 to 54F).

Alex Osborne

New group aims to help parents who have lost a child

BBC Radio Guernsey

A support group for Guernsey parents who have experienced a miscarriage or child loss has been launched.

The Ivy Trust has launched the group called the Ivy Hearts, which aims to give more support to women in Guernsey and help them connect with others who have had similar experiences.

The group has also teamed up with the National Trust to plant trees in Guernsey for parents who have lost a child.

The group is holding an open morning on Sunday at Les Cotils this evening to provide information on how therapies help at such a difficult time.

They're encouraging anyone who has experienced the loss of a baby at any stage of pregnancy, either personally or through friends or family, to come along.

Concerns raised over sea plane plan

BBC Channel Islands News

Channel Island boat owners say they are concerned about plans for a sea plane that could run between St Helier and St Peter Port.

Clear Harbour Airways wants to run the plane service between up to 10 times a day.

David De Carteret, the vice commodore at Jersey Yacht Club, said Jersey boat owners were meeting this evening to discuss their concerns.

The president of Guernsey's Boatowners Association, Nick Guillemette, said he was not against the idea in principle, but wondered whether it would actually work in practice.

Speaking earlier this month, Clear Harbours Airways admitted commercial traffic would increase around the ports, but said it was committed to working with the ports to ensure a safe and efficient operation.

Series of workshops will help decide on care memorial

BBC Radio Jersey

Former residents of Jersey's children's homes are being asked to contribute to a series of workshops that will help design a memorial to those harmed or failed in care.

It's one of the recommendations from the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry that examined decades of abuse in the island's care system.

A group that includes care leavers will discuss ideas for an appropriate memorial which could be a statue, a bursary scheme or something else.

Peter Bryant, who'll be running the group sessions, said it was important to get a wide variety of views.

Care Inquiry
Independent Jersey Care Inquiry

Jersey-based film Beast to premiere

Rob England

BBC News Online

A psychological thriller set in Jersey is due to premiere at Cineworld this evening.

Directed by Jerseyman Michael Pearce, Beast is influenced by the story of the crimes of a notorious sex offender dubbed the "Beast of Jersey".

Jessie Buckley, Johnny Flynn
Altitude Film Entertainment
Characters Moll (Jessie Buckley) and Pascal (Johnny Flynn)

Mr Pearce said the film was inspired by the dynamic landscape of the island, and many of the external shots were filmed in the island to be authentic, despite a lack of tax incentives to do so.

He added the story was influenced by his fascination of the "Beast of Jersey", who he said "became like the bogeyman".

The preview show is at 19:00, and officially opens on Friday.

I was so struck with the 'Beast of Jersey' story when I was a kid. I grew up in the 1980s but he became part of the folklore. We used to tease each other as kids not to play in certain woods because that's where the beast attacked someone."

Michael Pearce

Further Asian hornet sighting in Guernsey

Rob England

BBC News Online

A "smaller" Asian hornet has been found in a house in Les Petit Capelles, St Sampson, according to the States.

Asian hornet
States of Guernsey

It is the second confirmed sighting this year after a queen was spotted in St Peter last week.

A States spokesman said the newest hornet was smaller than the queen, and could be a "worker" from a "primary nest".

Primary or "embryo nests" are the first nests created by queens coming out of hibernation. The workers produced at these initial nests go on to make larger secondary nests.

The spokesman added the "grapefruit sized" primary nests could contain up to 50 worker hornets, whilst the larger secondary nests can grow to contain up to 3,000.

Islanders have been asked to contact the States if they spot an Asian hornet and will be asked for the location and direction the hornet was flying in.

Memorial could be created to Jersey care survivors

BBC Radio Jersey

A memorial could be created in Jersey to remember those who were failed by the island's care system.

The States of Jersey is looking for a group of people who went through the system to help develop ideas for the memorial.

Care Inquiry
Jersey Care Inquiry

One of the recommendations of the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry was for the government to find a way to acknowledge the impact on children and young people in the care system.

Once appointed, the group will meet in May and June to explore different ideas for a memorial, which could be anything from a sculpture to a bursary scheme.

Director of Children's Policy Andrew Heaven said it was really important survivors who experienced abuse in the system are part of the process to develop ideas for a memorial so their voices are heard.

He said: "I would like to reassure anyone who might be interested in taking part that they will not be identified and will not be asked to share their story with others."

Hospitality group wants review of living wage

BBC Radio Jersey

The group representing hotels, restaurants and travel operators in Jersey wants to get more details on how paying the living wage might affect them.


There have been calls for workers to be paid the voluntary living wage of £10.20 per hour by the Catholic charity Caritas and others.

Jersey's current minimum wage is £7.50 per hour.

The Jersey Hospitality Association is questioning whether employees will be worse off because the living wage paid by their employer could include tips.

It's commissioned a study into the value of various roles and the benefits such as tips or accommodation workers get.

Recently the island catering group JP Restaurants announced it would be paying the living wage from this summer and called on others in the industry to follow suit.

Strong wind warning for islands


Pioneering research could help catch online predators

Jersey Evening Post

A Jersey woman is leading pioneering research into the linguistic behaviour of online predators – a study which could help crime agencies catch paedophiles operating on the web.

Castle fires 21-gun salute to mark royal birth

BBC Radio Guernsey

A 21-gun salute has been fired from Castle Cornet to mark the birth of the son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The gun teams, which fired the salute at noon, comprised of castle keepers and ex-servicemen.

The couple's second son, who was born at 11:01 on Monday, weighing 8lb 7oz, is fifth in line to the throne.

Guernsey’s Castle Cornet marks the birth of a boy in the Royal Family

Police investigate sudden death of man, 35

BBC Radio Jersey

Police are investigating the sudden death of a 35-year-old man in Jersey.

Officers said they called to a property in York Street at about 10:20.

The death is currently being treated as the unexplained.

Skate and scooter park closed over safety fears

BBC Radio Jersey

A fenced-off play area in Jersey's Millennium Park has been closed again over health and safety fears.

The games area is used by young people wanting a safe place to ride skateboards and scooters.

Town Park

It has specially built ramps and jumps made of bolted-together pieces of metal. But recently some of the bolts have come loose and some metal edges have become raised.

That makes them dangerous for people riding over them, according to the Infrastructure Department.

The site was closed for repairs at the weekend, but it didn't solve the problem and so it has been closed again.

Derek Noble, from the department, said staff would work on it this afternoon to try to find a reliable way to fix the panels in place.

It's thought they were loosened by the vibrations from wheels passing over them.