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  1. Search called off in Jersey for missing woman Valerie Jehan
  2. Jersey road closed to allow helicopter to land for emergency medical evacuation
  3. Rush hour causing 'pollutant spikes' in Guernsey air quality
  4. More fog affecting Channel Islands flights
  5. Updates on Thursday 9 March 2017

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By Chris Quevatre

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  1. Local Live in the Channel Islands

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    That's it for Local Live today, but we'll be back with the final edition of the week tomorrow morning from 08:00.

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

  2. Weather: How long will this fog last?

    BBC Weather

    The forecast for tomorrow morning is: "Cloudy, with fog or mist patches and the risk of a little drizzle in the morning. Some bright or fair intervals developing late afternoon."

    As you can see below, it's looking like another foggy evening in the Channel Islands tonight.  

    Here's the outlook:


    Weather chart


    Weather chart
  3. Reds make five changes for quarter-final

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Jersey Reds head coach Harvey Biljon has made five changes for their  British & Irish Cup quarter-final  against Cornish Pirates at St Peter tomorrow night.  

    Simon Kerrod, Jack Macfarlane and Jake Woolmore start in the front row, with Joel Dudley and George Watkins also in. Meanwhile, hooker Nick Selway returns to the bench for the hosts after five months out.

    Jersey v Cornish Pirates

    "It's an opportunity to get excited about something. It is an opportunity to play for silverware, which not many people get to do throughout their careers," Biljon told BBC Radio Jersey .

    "The British and Irish Cup is a competition I'm very fond of - we won the inaugural competition against Munster, and I was coaching the Pirates then."

  4. Guernsey has 'nothing to fear' over French presidential candidate

    Rob Byrne

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Guernsey's minister for external relations says the island has "nothing to fear" over the potential election of French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron, who last year said the UK would become "as significant as Guernsey" if it voted to leave the European Union.

    As we all know, that vote did leave the UK looking for the exit door, but Deputy Jonathan Le Tocq said any disparaging remarks of the past were "tongue-in-cheek"...

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    Video caption: Macron Guernsey
  5. 'Just amazing' Sausage nominated for Dog of the Year Award

    BBC Radio Jersey

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    Video caption: A Jersey dog, Sausage, has been nominated for the Pets As Therapy 'Dog of the Year'

    A dog who has brought happiness to elderly residents for years is up for an award at the Crufts Dog Show.

    Sausage pays weekly visits to St Ewolds Residential Home in St Helier as part of the charity Hilife Pets As Therapy (PAT).

    The charity aims to improve 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 Dog of the Year Award.

  6. Milk price rise 'could lead to more competition'

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    It's hoped an increase in the price of Guernsey milk will bring competition into the market.

    Wholesale milk prices will rise in April, meaning those that sell it could be charging as much as £1.25 a litre to shoppers.

    Guernsey Dairy General Manager Andrew Tabel said it was because it was costing farmers and the dairy more to produce milk.

    He said the price rise offered shops the chance to undercut each other.

  7. It's not all bad if you've been affected by the fog...

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    For those people who couldn't get back to the Channel Islands either yesterday or this morning, some will have taken an alternative option.

    The Clipper left Portsmouth at 09:00 this morning ... and arrives in Guernsey at 21:00 tonight.

    Commodore Clipper

    I was on the Clipper on Monday, and, as long as you can get to sleep, the time just flies by.

  8. States to run 'population masterclass' sessions for Guernsey businesses

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    The States of Guernsey is running "population masterclasses" for local businesses, to show them the new online portal that employers will have to use to apply for employment permits.

    The director of Housing Control, Esther Ingrouille, said: "We are especially keen for employers who have not been to our earlier masterclasses to come to one of these sessions, as they need to know how the application process is changing. We don’t want them to miss out on the chance to ask questions about the changes."

    The States is encouraging employers of any size, "particularly those who employ people under short-term licences or essential licences".

    You can email for a reservation here.

    High street
  9. Senator 'ready to jail animal owners'

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Enforcing Jersey's dog laws more strictly will benefit animals and their owners, according to a politician who wants to prevent more injuries to people's pets.

    Senator Lyndon Farnham has promised action after a number of reports of injuries to dogs in the island.

    He said the law allowed owners to be sent to prison if their animals badly hurt or killed another - and he was ready to enforce that "for everyone's benefit".

    Dogs fighting
  10. Stabbing of horse 'mind-boggling' and 'disgraceful'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    The Constable of St Peter has described a violent attack on a horse in his Jersey parish as "mind-boggling" and "disgraceful".

    Police officers said the animal was stabbed in the face on Monday lunchtime in a property just off St Peter's main road. It's understood the horse was attacked inside a horsebox.

    A vet treated it at the scene and the injuries are serious but not thought to be life-threatening.

    Quote Message: It's mind-boggling, it's outrageous, it's disgraceful. It's harming a defenseless animal. I just can't think of the words to describe somebody that would go and do that to a poor defenseless animal." from Constable John Refault
    Constable John Refault
  11. Clayton knows Wimbledon aim will be tough

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Jersey tennis player Scott Clayton says the odds are against him taking part in Wimbledon this summer, but it remains his principal aim for the season.

    The 23-year-old continues to impress alongside doubles partner Jonny O'Mara, with the pair preparing to play in higher-level tournaments in coming weeks.

    Scott Clayton

    "I don't think it's much of a secret that my main goal this year to be a part of Wimbledon in some capacity," he told BBC Radio Jersey. "For the first six months of the season I will try and focus more on doubles than singles."    

  12. Aircraft 'trampled' runway light after rejected takeoff

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    An Aurigny aircraft "trampled" a runway edge light before taking off last November, an investigation says.


    According to a report by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch, following an initially rejected takeoff, G-RLON - a trislander plane which was retired last month - ran over the light at Alderney Airport, but the pilot decided to continue with the flight.

    A fly-past of tower allowed a visual inspection to see if there was any damage. None was seen.

    The report by the AAIB said engineers inspected the aircraft after the flight and found "nothing which they considered to have been caused by the incident before departure."

    There were 10 people on board, including the pilot.

  13. A funeral with a difference...

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey residents are being encouraged to pay their respects at a funeral procession with a difference tomorrow.

    Alan Le Brocq was a manager at the machinery hire company Heavy Plant.

    Tomorrow, his coffin will be collected from the Pitcher and Le Quesne funeral parlour in an eight-wheel lorry.

    Then the cortege will be escorted by a crane to the burial at St Matthews in St Lawrence.

  14. Deputy wants TV deal renegotiated

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    A Jersey deputy wants a deal between the BBC and the States over TV licences for the over-75s to be renegotiated.

    Deputy Montfort Tadier said the deal - announced by Senator Philip Ozouf in December - should have been put to the States Assembly before being signed.

    TV licence

    He's lodged a plan demanding that all over-75s should get free TV licences - as in the UK - rather than the means-tested system which Senator Ozouf brought forward, which means many people would miss out.

    In a statement, the BBC said Jersey was not covered by the UK deal because it was autonomous, but that the broadcaster would pay for means-tested TV Licences by 2020.

    BBC Radio Jersey is awaiting comment from Senator Ozouf.

  15. English sex education changes 'can help Guernsey'

    Penny Elderfield

    Reporter, BBC Channel Islands News

    It's hoped plans to overhaul sex education classes in England will have a positive impact on the lessons in Guernsey. 

    Sex and relationships education (SRE) is to be made compulsory in all schools in England. It had been compulsory only in council-run schools. 

    The UK Government is going out to consult on what should be taught, and when. 

    Local teacher Kate Corcoran said Guernsey could make use of the research carried out, as well as any new teaching resources that were developed.

  16. Aurigny considering new instruments in aircraft to fly in poor weather

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    The chief executive of Aurigny says the States-owned airline is considering investing in new technology that will make it easier to operate in poor weather.

    It comes as Guernsey Airport was brought to a standstill for a second day due to heavy fog.

    Foggy Airport

    Mark Darby said he believed that investing in aircraft systems was preferable to making expensive alterations to airport infrastructure.

    But he warned it would come at a cost, and, even then, it wouldn't guarantee operation in all weathers.

  17. Kerry Petulla resigns from Jersey FA

    Tim Pryor

    BBC Sport

    Jersey Football Association vice-president Kerry Petulla has resigned, saying she has achieved all she can under the organisation's current structure.

    Kerry Petulla

    She was appointed less than two years ago, at the time becoming the first woman on the board in the JFA's 110-year history. 

    The news came through late last night on International Women's Day.

    The JFA has yet to comment.

  18. Search for Valerie Jehan called off, but investigation continues

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Police have stopped searching for missing Jersey woman Valerie Jehan.

    Officers believe it's most likely the 75-year-old fell off cliffs on the north coast.

    Emergency services at Devil's Hole

    Her disappearance sparked a major search at Devil's Hole, where she was last seen nearly a week ago. 

    She was seen on CCTV boarding a bus to the site from St Helier.

    Valerie Jehan

    Hopes of finding her faded on Tuesday with the discovery of her phone and handbag halfway down a cliff.

    The police have now called off the physical search but said their investigation was continuing and a file was to be prepared for the Deputy Viscount.

  19. Queen’s Sapphire Jubilee bank holiday idea mooted

    Guernsey Press

    Islanders could have some chance of an extra bank holiday this year .