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Summary

  1. Officer suspended over cut-off 999 call from man found dead
  2. Valerie Jehan death 'not suspicious', inquest told
  3. Police deploy additional officers to ports and airport after Westminster terror attack
  4. Guernsey 'not used as location' for Potato Peel Pie film
  5. Heather Watson loses Miami Open qualifier
  6. Updates on Thursday 23 March 2017

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By Sian Davies

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's it for Local Live today but we're back from 08:00 tomorrow 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. Lords call for World Trade Organisation membership for Channel Islands

    The House of Lords European Union Committee is calling for the UK Government ' to support Jersey and Guernsey ' in ensuring the UK’s World Trade Organisation (WTO) membership is extended to cover them, as it already does the Isle of Man.

    The committee also recognised that Jersey should be given the opportunity 'to participate in future trade agreements with countries beyond the EU'.

    Westminster with EU and Union flag
    Quote Message: The extension of WTO membership is a key priority for Jersey and I am pleased to see that this is called for by the Lords EU Committee." from Sir Philip Bailhache Minister for External Relations, Jersey
    Sir Philip Bailhache Minister for External Relations, Jersey
  3. Fly tipping 'task force' to be created in Jersey

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    A task force to catch businesses 'fly tipping' is to be launched in Jersey.

    The Department for Infrastructure and the Department of the Environment said businesses might be tempted to avoid using the proper facilities to avoid proposed charges to non householder waste.

    If the new waste charges gain States approval, the new task force will be created before the charges are implemented.

    Quote Message: Jersey people have pride in their environment and will not want to see it spoiled by irresponsible people who are happy to let other law abiding citizens foot the bill for disposing of their waste." from Deputy Eddie Noel Minister for Infrastructure, Jersey
    Deputy Eddie Noel Minister for Infrastructure, Jersey
  4. Specsaver Aviation 'open minded' about developing Guernsey fleet

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    The chief pilot at Specsavers Aviation says he's open minded about developing the company's Guernsey based aircraft fleet.

    Private plane landing

    The two planes which are used to support the business currently operate around 1,200 flights each year, carrying 10,000 passengers. 

    But Nicholas Davies says he won't rule out bringing in larger or longer-range aircraft in the near future.

  5. Changes to housing plan address concerns of neighbours

    Chris Rayner

    BBC Radio Jersey political reporter

    Architects say they've addressed the concerns of neighbours over a scheme for new homes on Jersey's old gas works site. 

    Planning officials have approved in principle a plan for 253 houses on the currently vacant site at Tunnell Street.

    Gas works

    The Town Constable, Simon Crowcroft, said he'll push ahead with his calls for an extension to the Town Park, describing the development as 'town cramming'. 

    Ian Macdonald, the director of the project's architect Axis Mason says the changes lessen the effect on the surroundings.

  6. Call for UK government to ensure relationship with Channel Islands remains strong

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    A report from the House of Lords is calling on the UK government to ensure its relationship with the Channel Islands remains strong during the Brexit negotiations.

    Flags

    The House of Lords EU Committee says there are areas where the priorities could come into conflict such as in trade and financial services. 

    Lord Boswell, the Chairman of the European Union Select Committee, warned the relationship could get strained as the negotiations go on.

  7. Jersey Royals to get celebrity plug at Covent Garden kiosk

    Jersey Evening Post

    A Jersey Royal pop-up kiosk fronted by  celebrity farmer and TV presenter Jimmy Doherty is due to open in London’s Covent Garden next month.

  8. New housing development 'too large'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    St Helier's Constable Simon Crowcroft says a new housing development at Gas Place is just too large for the area. 

    Planning officials have approved in principle a plan for 253 houses on the currently vacant site at Tunnell Street. 

    An earlier scheme had been turned down after residents complained it was too large. Constable Crowcroft says the Town Park should be extended instead. 

  9. Guernsey film will represent the island 'in the very best way'

    Jim Cathcart

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The film adaptation of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society will represent the island in "the very best way" despite not being filmed there, the film's producer has said.

    Paula Mazur said: "That's kind of the process of making films - you have to weigh everything out, you have to make the numbers work, you have to make it work creatively as well."

    Book cover

    "The island of Guernsey was so wonderful, and the marketing and tourism gang have been just incredible. 

    "We did a lot of research on the island and everyone has come over to look at the towers, the bunkers, the hospital, we've done a lot of research on the island. 

    "We intend to represent the island the very best way we can."

  10. Announcements to aid bus passengers

    Guernsey Press

    Bus stop announcements have been recorded at the Jubilee Hospital Radio station to be used on the new CT Plus bus fleet.

  11. Brexit impact will be 'significant' for Crown Dependencies

    The consequences of Brexit on the Crown Dependencies will be " significant ", a House of Lords committee has concluded.

    The  European Union Committee report  has called on the government to ensure the Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey are "fully involved and engaged."

    It also urges Parliament to remember its "unique constitutional responsibilities" to all three.

    The Crown Dependencies are not part of the European Union or the UK so did not vote in the 2016 referendum.

    Flags
  12. Ambulance officer suspended for a year for not following up 999 call

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    An ambulance station officer has been "suspended for a period of twelve months" for failing to follow up an aborted 999 call from a man who was later found dead, a hearing has heard.

    A competence committee of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) found Jason Garnham to have failed to instruct a call-taker to fill in the appropriate call logs. 

    He was also alleged to have not listened to a recording of the aborted call or ensuring the police or ambulance were dispatched to his location.

    Ambulance

    Groundsman Alan Hamilton, 65, phoned the St John Ambulance on Guernsey at 18:13 on 9 July 2014 but the call was cut off and attempts to call him back were unsuccessful.

    Mr Hamilton was found dead in the groundsman's hut at the King George V playing fields at 07:40 the following day.

    Matthew Kewley, representing the HCPC at the hearing in Southampton said: "There is no suggestion whatsoever that any of the alleged failings in any way contributed to Patient A's [Mr Hamilton's] death." 

    Mr Garnham declined a request for a response from the Press Association. ends

  13. Police deploy additional officers to ports and airport after Westminster terror attack

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    The States of Guernsey Police is reviewing its response to the Westminster terror attack and say the force will deploy additional officers to the ports and airport over the coming days. 

    Guernsey Police

    It says it's a measure to reassure the public - but not because of any specific intelligence about an attack in Guernsey. 

    It will also carry out enhanced checks on people arriving into Guernsey - as it has since the attacks in Paris in 2015.

  14. BreakingValerie Jehan death 'not suspicious', inquest told

    Naomi Dunning

    BBC Radio Jersey, Reporter

    The Inquest into the death of 75-year-old Valerie Jehan has been adjourned.

    Mrs Jehan was last seen getting off a bus at Devil's Hole on Jersey's north coast on Friday 3 March. 

    Nine days later her body was discovered three miles off Noirmont and DNA was used to confirm her identity. 

    Valerie Jehan

    The inquest heard that the death was not suspicious and the body can be released for the funeral.  

    Results of the post-mortem have yet to be revealed.

  15. 'I wandered lonely as a cloud'

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Met officers in the Channel Islands are reminding us how clouds have inspired poetry and art across the centuries.

    They're highlighting the importance of clouds in the science of weather forecasting.

    Clouds over Channel Islands

    It's part of World Met Day, to highlight the contribution of their work to society's well-being. 

    You're being asked to tweet your cloud pictures to Jersey Met Office and experts will help you to identify them.

  16. Career break Met Police officer pays tribute to terror victim PC Keith Palmer

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The warden running Alderney's bird observatory, John Horton, is on a career break from the Met Police and has paid tribute to PC Keith Palmer, who was stabbed during yesterday's terror attack in Westminster .

    Three other people, including the attacker, also died. Teacher Aysha Frade was killed after being hit by the car on Westminster Bridge.

    Keith Palmer and Aysha Frade

    Mr Horton said: "I think when you put on the uniform you always think at the back of your mind it could be you - you always hope it's not going to be you.   

    "Huge respect to the officer who tackled the terrorist with the knife he may have saved other people's lives but sadly lost his own. 

    "Condolences to his family, it's very sad."

  17. 'Military operation' to shoot film in Guernsey

    Jim Cathcart

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Producer Paula Mazur said The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society film budget has been reduced, and is part of the reason why the film will not be filmed in the island.

    She told BBC Radio Guernsey: "We were looking at locations here. At that point we were only shooting two-and-a-half to three weeks, that was the plan. 

    Potato

    "In previous versions of the film it was definitely considered, it's just it's hard to bring everything over. The budget we're working with now isn't quite what it was back then so that's a consideration as well.

    "It's not just about money - it's really about logistics. It's very hard to bring an entire film crew into a place. 

    "We've got a tonne of people and equipment and it all has to be shipped over, so I think it's just so complicated to make a film. Logistically it's a military operation."

  18. Travel Update: Lowlands Road in Guernsey due to reopen tomorrow

    BBC News Travel

    Jersey

    • There are temporary traffic lights in St Peter's Valley from the road that takes to you St Georges Prep to the Vic in the Valley for roadside works. Expect delays especially at peak times
    • In St Mary, La Grande Rue between La Verte Rue and La Rue D'Olive is closed for cable laying works. Diversion signs posted
    • In Trinity, the resurfacing works continue on the main road through the parish. They're now working on the section of road by the three businesses at Augre Garage - you have to ask to get access to the three businesses
    • In St Helier there are lane restrictions at Green Street roundabout weekdays between 09.15 to 15:00 as they continue the works there 
    • In St Helier, Seaton Place between Seale Street and Gloucester Street is one-way to westbound traffic for water mains renewal works. Access via Gloucester Street only
    • In St Helier the pathway between the estates at Close de la Ville is closed for excavation works

    Guernsey

    • In St Sampson, Lowlands Road is now due to re-open tomorrow 
    • Also in St Sampson, there will be temporary traffic lights up on le Bas Courtil from 18:30 this evening until 07:00 tomorrow 
    • Sandy Hook Road is one-way going inland for around the next two weeks. This affects the P2 bus route
    • Rue a L'Eau in Castel is closed until tomorrow 
    • There are temporary traffic lights on the Bordage until tomorrow 
    • Tower Hill is one-way- downhill - for three weeks
    • At the airport, the 13:00 arrival from Gatwick is now due to arrive at 14:00
  19. Jersey to play Leicester youth side

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    The Jersey FA have announced that their senior men's team will play a friendly against Leicester City's Under-23 side at Springfield on 5 April.

    Leicester's first team are reigning Premier League champions, and former Jersey boss Brian Little played a part in arranging the fixture.

    Martin Cassidy

    "I'm really pleased it's happening and hopefully we can set up a regular fixture that will also include games for the women's team too," said Jersey manager Martin Cassidy. "We need to keep networking until we get a fixed games programme for Jersey senior players."