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Summary

  1. Handbag belonging to missing woman Valerie Jehan found on cliffs
  2. Jersey's new police headquarters opens for business
  3. Emergency services tested on how to deal with a fire aboard a ferry
  4. System for online petitions to get topics debated in Guernsey's States "some way off"
  5. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Chris Quevatre

All times stated are UK

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  1. Local Live in the Channel Islands

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    That's it for Local Live this evening, but we're back from 08:00 tomorrow morning with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather in the Channel Islands.

    Don't forget to tune in to BBC One at 18:30 tonight for all the latest headlines with BBC Channel Islands News.

  2. Jersey dog nominated for award at Crufts

    A dog called Sausage has been nominated by St Ewolds Residential Home in St Helier for an award at Crufts, the prestigious dog show.

    Sausage is part of the charity Pets As Therapy (PAT). 

    The charity aims to boost people's health and wellbeing in hospitals, hospices, nursing homes and care homes by providing animal visits.

    Sausage is up against five other PAT dogs for the award.

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    Video caption: A Jersey dog, Sausage, has been nominated for the Pets As Therapy 'Dog of the Year'
  3. 'Who Do You Think I Am, Jersey?' Sophie Raworth asks

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Jersey will feature on the BBC programme "Who Do You Think You Are?" tonight.

    Staff at the Jersey Archive were asked to research a local connection to the newsreader Sophie Raworth as part of the final episode of the current series in which celebrities trace their ancestry.  

    They looked into the life of local man called Samuel Mott, who lived in St Helier in the early 19th Century.

    The episode is on BBC One at 20:00.

    Sophie Raworth
  4. Latest weather: Staying cloudy and fog possible

    BBC Weather

    It will remain cloudy overnight, with further patchy outbreaks of rain or drizzle. Winds will fall light and some mist and fog patches are also possible. Minimum temperature: 10C (50F).

    Weather

    A very similar day to Wednesday is in store on Thursday. It will be rather cloudy, with patchy rain or drizzle at times. Some mist and fog patches may also linger. Maximum temperature: 11C (52F).

  5. Reds begin search for Rae replacement

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Jersey Reds head coach Harvey Biljon says the club is putting together a list of candidates to replace his outgoing assistant Alex Rae  before starting the interview process.

    Ex-club captain Rae confirmed yesterday that he was to return to England at the end of the season, with his wife expecting their second child.

    Alex Rae

    "I think it is important that the forwards coach is part of the player recruitment process," Biljon told BBC Radio Jersey. "We'll be in a position to know a little bit more a couple of weeks down the line."

  6. Dog control warning as lambing season begins

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    The GSPCA is appealing to dog owners to keep their animals under control following a number of reports of livestock being worried.  

    Manager Steve Byrne said it was a particular concern at this time of year as the lambing season had begun.

    He advised anyone whose livestock was affected to take legal advice as the law was "very clear" regarding owners having to control and care for their dogs.

    Lambs
  7. More seats made available on inter-island flights

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Local airline Blue Islands is increasing the amount of seats on peak inter-island travel by swapping to a larger aircraft.

    Traditionally, the route was serviced by a 46-seat ATR 42, but that aircraft is being benched for an ATR 72, which can seat 68 passengers.

    ATR 72

    The change affects peak morning and evening flights on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and begins on 28 March.

  8. Jersey to return £3m of stolen Kenyan money

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey has agreed to return more than £3m to the people of Kenya after it was stolen by corrupt Kenyan officials.

    The money was confiscated last year after a Jersey-based company owned by Samuel Gichuru admitted four counts of money laundering .

    Mr Gichuru was the chief executive of Kenya's national power company and efforts to extradite him to Jersey to face money laundering charges at the Royal Court are ongoing.

  9. Channel Islands Cricket League gets sponsor

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    The Guernsey and Jersey cricket boards have announced financial company PraxisIFM as title sponsors of the Channel Islands Cricket League for the next two years.

    The league was scrapped in 2012 after concerns over inter-island travel costs and mismatches between teams, but will return this summer after funding was secured.

    Cricket

    "The thing we're looking for is the competition," Guernsey Cricket Board CEO Mark Latter said. "Jersey versus Guernsey at anything adds a bit of extra spice - hopefully that'll get the better players out playing each other regularly."

  10. Jersey politician wants changes to licence fee funding for over-75s

    Chris Rayner

    BBC Radio Jersey political reporter

    A politician claims Jersey's over-75s have been "sold down the river" in a deal between the States and the BBC over TV licences.

    Free TV licences for elderly residents are means-tested in Jersey but not in the UK because the two jurisdictions have different social security policies.

    But the whole system is about to change. As part of its Charter renewal, the BBC agreed to provide free licences for those over 75 in the UK, but that deal doesn't apply in Jersey.

    TV licence

    Last year, the States and the BBC did announce a deal where the broadcaster would pay some of the cost of Jersey's means-tested TV licences. But Deputy Montfort Tadier said that deal sold Jersey pensioners short.

    In a debate in the States Assembly next week, he'll demand the deal is renegotiated, with a view to giving free TV licences to everyone over the age of 75 - just like in the UK.

  11. That's an impressive (fake) wound...

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Don't worry, this is all fake.

    This woman has really committed to her part and has what looks like a pretty serious arm injury as a result of the make-believe ferry crash which the emergency service in Jersey are using as a training exercise.

    I've used that fake blood in first aid courses in the past, it takes forever to wash off...

    Woman with fake wound
  12. Guernsey confirm Island Games basketball squad

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Four Guernsey women's basketball players will make their Island Games debuts after being named in the squad for Gotland this summer.

    Emilie Batiste, Ieva Babina, Eden Fabbri and Tia Barnett are the new faces, with Emma Hicks and Katie Daunt co-captaining the side.

    "The last 18 months has been a transitional period, with a number of familiar faces making themselves unavailable for the games. 

    "However, this is a strong squad, with an excellent balance of youth and experience. We are confident that we can not only compete, but challenge for medals," said head coach Pat Ogier. 

  13. Weather in the Channel Islands

    BBC Weather

    Let's take a look at the weather for the rest of the day.

    Jersey

    Weather chart

    Guernsey

    Weather chart
  14. Guernsey Airport still at a standstill due to fog

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    There's been no let-up in the fog at Guernsey Airport, which is still causing havoc with the flight schedule.

    Guernsey Airport runway

    There are still a lot of earlier flights delayed or cancelled, but here is the status of the upcoming flights this evening:

    Arrivals - 

    • 15:05 from Dinard cancelled
    • 15:20 from Alderney delayed
    • 15:25 from Southampton delayed
    • 16:30 from Jersey cancelled

    Departures - 

    • 13:45 to Dinard cancelled
    • 14:50 to Gatwick delayed
    • 15:40 to Alderney delayed

    Things in Jersey seem to be running a lot more smoothly.

    There are no major delays other than flights to and from Guernsey.

  15. Guernsey's D-Day servicemen to be remembered on UK memorial

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey servicemen who died in the D-Day landings will be included on a British memorial for the 75th anniversary in 2019.

    It will be partly funded by a £20m UK Government grant and will stand on the coast of France.

    D-Day Veteran Jack Rhodes, who lives in Guernsey, says it's important for the next generation to remember what they went through.

    D-Day
  16. Drink-drive crash figures released - 44 in three years caused injuries

    Julie Flanagan

    BBC Channel Islands News

    Drink drivers have been involved in 44 road accidents in Jersey where people have been hurt in the past three years.

    The figures - released in response to a freedom of information request - show that 2015 was the worst year, with 20 drink-drive crashes.

    The freedom of information request asked how many traffic accidents that resulted in someone needing an ambulance came about because the driver had been drinking and driving.

    Drink driving

    The figures for 2014 show there were four incidents in Savile Street, three on Mont Sohier, and eight on other roads.

    That went up to 20 in 2015, with three on La Route de Maufant.

    Last year there were far fewer collisions involving alcohol - just nine, but four of them were on La Route de St Aubin. 

    Over the three years, nine crashes involving alcohol caused serious injuries.

  17. Guernsey 'completely unprepared' for nuclear disaster

    Simon Fairclough

    Guernsey Political Reporter

    Guernsey's response to the non-nuclear explosion at the Flamanville Plant in France has been criticised during questions in the States today. 

    Deputy David de Lisle claimed Guernsey's government were completely unprepared for a nuclear incident at Flamanville.

    But Home Affairs President Deputy Mary Lowe told States members plans to deal with an nuclear incident are robust.

    Quote Message: I'm surprised that any States member would suggest that the Bailiwick is totally unprepared for a major disaster, and I would dispute this assertion entirely. There is a comprehensive Bailiwick risk register. In the most unlikely event of a nuclear incident, early detection on-island is provided, monitored 24 hours a day by the Guernsey Meteorological Office." from Deputy Mary Lowe President of the Committee for Home Affairs
    Deputy Mary Lowe President of the Committee for Home Affairs

    Last month there was an explosion in a non-nuclear area of Reactor 1 at Flamanville on the French coast.

    Five people reported feeling unwell but none was seriously injured.  

  18. How old is Jersey's female population?

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    If you didn't know already, it's International Women's Day.

    Naturally, the Jersey Stats Unit has released this graphic of the age split of women living in Jersey.

    The data is from the 2011 census though, so it is six years old...

    Jersey women stats