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Summary

  1. Fifty years since the Torrey Canyon disaster, 'small amount' of oil remains at Guernsey quarry
  2. Accused refused permission to represent himself in Sarah Groves murder case
  3. Guernsey has seen almost as many foggy days as clear ones this month
  4. Seized dog considered a dangerous breed will be taken away from Jersey - but it's not clear who by or where it will go
  5. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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By Sian Davies

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    That's it for Local Live this week. We're back from 08:00 on 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.

    Have a great weekend!

  2. Tighter dog walking restrictions after complaints over dog walkers

    Chris Stone

    BBC Radio Jersey

    There could be tighter restrictions on where you can walk dogs in Jersey, after concerns over the number of animals being walked in sensitive areas. 

    The constable of St John says there have been many complaints recently about professional dog walkers taking many dogs at a time into sensitive areas such as the north coast - and even school playgrounds.

    Dog

    Constable Chris Taylor says the law allows you to take up to 12 dogs with you - but they must all be under control. 

    He says that he's had lots of complaints that professional dog walkers are taking a lot of animals out at once, and only keeping some of them on leads - the rest are allowed to run freely.

    A States working group is looking at the problem.

  3. Guernsey has to be prepared for Torrey Canyon-style oil spill

    Rob Byrne

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Guernsey has to be prepared to face another environmental disaster, similar to the Torrey Canyon oil spill , 50 years ago. 

    Steve Byrne of the GSPCA believes the island's much better prepared now than it was then.

    Birds

    It's thought the island's wildlife has been free of problems related to the spill since the summer of 2012. 

    Mr Byrne says cooperation between his charity and States agencies now puts Guernsey in a more favourable position.

  4. Locate Guernsey chief steps down

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    The man heading up Guernsey's million-pound project that attracts wealth to the island is stepping down. 

    Richard Le Tocq - who recently spoke of his confidence that Locate Guernsey can expect a successful 2017 - will join a local insurance company. 

    Richard Le Tocq

    Locate Guernsey is funded by the States, with an aim of bringing wealthy individuals and businesses to the Bailiwick. 

    Last year the project oversaw 21 relocations, 36 new jobs and nearly £700,000 returned to Guernsey's exchequer.

    Mr Le Tocq has been leading the body since its formation in January last year. He'll leave in May. 

  5. New boiler for animal charity

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    A gas company has provided a new boiler for an animal charity to help keep their animals safe and warm.

    GSPCA's boiler had fallen into disrepair, so Guernsey Gas stepped in with a new boiler.

    
          Steve Byrne from the GSPCA with Steve Marshall from Guernsey Gas
    Image caption: Steve Byrne from the GSPCA with Steve Marshall from Guernsey Gas

    Steve Byrne said the GSPCA was "extremely grateful".

    He said: "Without hot water we are unable to carry out many of the tasks required to care for some of the animals we look after."

    Birds

    "This includes washing oiled sea birds, cleaning out animal enclosures and general cleaning for implements and utensils.

    "Staff were having to transport water from other areas, making it quite time consuming."

  6. Police want parents to play active role in children's online lives

    Chris Stone

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey Police want parents to play an active role in their children's online lives.

    Child

    In the run up to tomorrow's National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day, island schools and the youth service have been raising awareness of the dangers of being sexually exploited online. 

    The authorities want parents to better understand how young people communicate with each other online, reminding them apps which young people chat on can be exploited by predators. 

  7. Torrey Canyon oil still lies in Guernsey quarry 50 years on

    Rob Byrne

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Fifty years on from the Torrey Canyon disaster, there's still a small amount of oil from the spill at a quarry near the Chouet headland. 

    Some 3,000 tonnes were gathered off island beaches and pumped into the Vale site.

    Quarry

    The oil was still killing wildlife in Guernsey until a few years ago, but in 2008, a process called 'bio-remediation' helped reduce the amount of the substance on the water's surface at the quarry.   

  8. Charities will get nearly £800,000 from Channel Islands lottery

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Charities will get nearly £800,000 more from the Channel Islands Lottery this year. 

    Sales of the Christmas and other tickets raised o £1,250,482 - a record breaking amount. 

    Channel Islands Christmas Lottery tickets

    That's despite sales of the Christmas Lottery tickets falling slightly last year. 

    Deputy Murray Norton, the Assistant Minister which overseas the Lottery, had aimed to hit the million pounds mark before the current political term finishes.

  9. Seized puppy at animals' shelter while a decision is made about its future

    Mike Weir

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A puppy seized by Jersey Customs is thought to be a pitbull-type breed - which is banned in Jersey - although its owners say its an American Staffordshire terrier. 

    Since then, its been held at the animals' shelter while decisions were made about its future. 

    Puppy

    Now the assistant minister responsible says that in the interests of the animal's welfare, it would be exported from the island 'in due course'. 

    BBC Jersey asked where it would go, who would be taking it, and whether the taxpayer would be paying - but the states communications department told us they weren't allowed to give us that information.

  10. Alcohol abuse is still biggest issue probation service has to deal with

    Chris Stone

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jerseys probation service says alcohol abuse is still the largest issue it has to deal with in the offenders it supports. 

    Alcohol

    The service works with the courts, parishes and prison to reduce re-offending rates. 

    It's released its Annual Report for 2016 .

  11. What happens to your blood sample when it's been taken?

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey's Princess Elizabeth Hospital is opening up two departments for people to see how they work behind the scenes.

    The radiology department and pathology laboratories, which tests blood samples, are opening for tours on Saturday 18 and Saturday 25 March.

    Radiography

    The tours will take about an hour and a half and will be held at varying times between 10:00 and 12:00 on both days.

    To reserve a place contact Summer Goss on 725241 ext 4372 or email  summer.goss@gov.gg .

  12. Film premiere in Jersey War Tunnels

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    The Jersey War Tunnels is hosting a premiere of Another Mother's Son next week.

    War tunnels

    Set in Jersey, the feature film tells the true story of Louisa Gould, who sheltered an escaped Russian prisoner ring the occupation. 

    Ms Gould's great niece, Jenny Lecoat wrote the script and will be at the screening along with the actor Julian Kostov.

  13. New engines named Trudy and Freddy

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey's two new diesel engines will be renamed Trudy and Freddy next month thanks to suggestions from the public.

    Engines

    Guernsey Electricity invited islanders to suggest new names for the diesel engines, which are currently known as 2D and 3D.

    Sally-Ann David, asset management director, said: "We thought Trudy and Freddy was a clever play on their original names and gave them a bit of a personality."

  14. Lane returns as Reds host Rotherham

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Wing Rich Lane is recalled to the Jersey Reds side for the first time since his five-month injury lay-off, as one of three changes for the hosts for their match at home to Rotherham tomorrow afternoon.

    Joe Buckle returns at hooker in place of Jack Macfarlane, while the fit-again Kieran Hardy comes back at scrum-half.

    Rich Lane

    "I am very concerned about Rotherham - they beat us earlier on in the year, albeit we had three scrum-halves on the field," head coach Harvey Biljon told BBC Radio Jersey. "They've been very unlucky and they've scored tries against teams, so there's going to be that game where everything comes together for them."

  15. Town parking changes begin as cruise ship season is due

    Guernsey Press

    Changes to the parking arrangements in town will begin today in preparation for the start of the cruise ship season.

  16. Power cut to 400 properties caused by third party

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Damage by a third party has been identified as the likely cause of the high voltage cable fault which led to a power cut in some parts of St Peter Port on Tuesday.

    More than 400 properties in and around Pitronnerie Road and the Bouet lost power at about 08:45.

    DialB4You Dig graphic

    Guernsey Electricity engineers were able to restore supplies to some within two hours and then used generators to temporarily reconnect other customers while the repairs were under way. 

    Supplies were restored to all customers just after 17:00.

  17. Retired Jurat is made an OBE in palace ceremony

    Jersey Evening Post

    A retired Jurat was made an OBE during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace yesterday.

  18. Sarah Groves' parents speak to man accused of murdering her

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    The father of Sarah Groves, who was found dead on a houseboat in Kashmir in April 2013, says he has spoken to the man accused of killing her after he said he had a "secret" to disclose.

    Vic Groves, from Guernsey, said he spoke to Richard De Wit last month with permission from the jail superintendent in Sringar.

    Sarah Groves

    Mr Groves said it was an "unsatisfactory call from which we could not understand his reasons for wanting to talk to us".

    "The details must remain confidential but we can reveal that the statements he made were without foundation and confirmed the wisdom of our decision not to travel to Kashmir in order to hear his revelations."

    Vic Groves

    Mr Groves said he is glad the court had refused De Wit permission to represent himself and added: "The tail has been wagging the dog for too long and we have been advocating these measures for well over 12 months.

    "Hopefully, progress can now be made as there are still 23 witnesses to give evidence out of the 46 listed."

    The trial continues.

  19. 26,500 x-rays performed every year

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    The radiology team at Guernsey's Princess Elizabeth Hospital perform about 26,500 x-rays and about 13,000 ultrasound examinations every year.

    Radiology

    Health and Social Care are organising two days of tours to see ‘backstage' at the department - as well as the pathology laboratories.

    The tours will be held on Saturday 18 and Saturday 25 March.