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Summary

  1. Body found in St Helier: Woman's death 'suspicious'
  2. Keith and Caroline Baker jailed for 'sex-slave' crimes
  3. New Jersey hospital money could come from 'rainy day' fund
  4. Sexting 'on the rise' in Jersey
  5. Final flight for plane seen over the islands for 40 years
  6. New planning policy to discourage 'land banking' in Jersey
  7. More of Fort Tourgis in Alderney cleared for public
  8. Tuesday 4 April 2017

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  2. Suspicious death of woman in Jersey: What we know

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Police in Jersey are investigating the death of a woman in St Helier.

    Here's what we know so far:

    • The body of the middle-aged woman was found in a property in Victoria Street this morning after police and an ambulance were called
    • Police are treating the death of the woman, who has yet to be identified, as suspicious
    • A 58-year-old man was arrested at 14:50 on suspicion of murder
    • The arrested man and dead woman were known to each other
    • The two were also known to other people who live at the property
    • Detectives are operating a major incident room at police headquarters and interviewing key witnesses 
    • Crime scene investigators have been carrrying out a forensic examination at the address. Forensic work is likely to be on-going at the scene for some time 
    • The man remains in custody and is due to be interviewed by police "in due course" 
    • A UK Home Office pathologist is due to travel to Jersey later this week to carry out a post-mortem examination
    • Specialist liaison police officers have been appointed to support the dead woman's family
    • Officers have told the BBC there is "no issue of public safety"
  3. Former nursing home to be renovated for junior doctors

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A former nursing home in Jersey will be renovated so junior doctors can live there.

    Politicians have agreed to use the Limes building in St Helier for hospital staff, until it is turned into housing.

    The former nursing home was deemed unfit for use as a nursing home, so residents were moved and it closed last year.

    Now politicians have decided to refurbish the building to allow junior doctors to live there.

    The Health Minister, Senator Andrew Green, said the current building where many junior doctors stay may be demolished to make room for a new facility for outpatients.

    Limes nursing home
  4. Special permit needed for final trislander flight

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    Aurigny is waiting on a special permit for the final flight of trislander G-RLON as it is being permanently loaned to Solent Sky Museum.

    The plane was retired from service in February and no longer has an operating licence.

    If the permit comes through the flight to Lee-On-Solent airfield could take place this week.

  5. Good start for Jersey in European squash tournament

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Jersey have made a strong start to the European Team Squash Championships, which are being held in the island this week.

    The tournament involves 15 countries and Jersey's men's team started with a 4-0 win over Lithuania earlier today.

    Their women's side were 3-0 victors against Gibraltar, while Guernsey men lost 3-1 to Slovakia on their debut in the event.

    The competition comes to an end on Friday.

  6. Murdered woman and arrested man 'known to each other'

    Andrew Segal

    BBC Local Live

    A woman whose body has been found in Jersey and a man arrested on suspicion of murder were known to each other, police say.

    The body of the middle-aged woman was found in a property in Victoria Street, St Helier, this morning. A 58-year-old man was arrested at 14:50 on suspicion of murder, Supt Stewart Gull, of Jersey Police, said.

    Supt Gull added: "He remains in custody at police headquarters and will be interviewed in due course."

    A UK Home Office pathologist is due to travel to the island later this week to carry out a post-mortem examination.

    Specialist family liaison officers have been appointed to support the dead woman's family.

  7. Jersey aid helps children return to education in Lebanon

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Money given by the States in overseas aid has helped children return to education, and provided people with accessible drinking water, according to Jersey Overseas Aid.

    The States funded aid agency said Jersey's donations to UNICEF of £475,000 have "assisted more than 110,000 children return to formal education in Lebanon".

    The money also provided "safe water for drinking and domestic use for almost 100,000 people", many of whom live in "crowded makeshift camps".

  8. Results of Guernsey Post 16 young people's survey published

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    800 students completed the survey in January covering issues such as healthy eating, activity levels, mental health and well-being.

    Education Services Lifelong Learning Manager, Alun Williams said: "Most young people report that they are happy with their lives, enjoy school, have colleagues with whom they can share problems and are aware that that they are in control of their health.

    "However they are not immune from the pressures that all young people face.

    "In particular, there is a significant number who report that they are unhappy and find life stressful."

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  9. Weather: Plenty of sunshine but still chilly

    BBC Weather

    Clear spells will continue this evening and overnight, feeling a little chilly by dawn. Minimum Temperature: 9C (48F).

    Weather map

    After a chilly start it will be a dry and bright day with plenty of sunshine. It will grow a little cloudier from the north later. Maximum Temperature: 12C (54F).

  10. Islanders hit back at claim that calf hutches are cruel

    Jersey Evening Post

    A dairy farmer has defended keeping newborn calves in hutches following claims of animal cruelty about the practice in the UK.

  11. Changes at the top in education and social security

    Simon Fairclough

    Guernsey Political Reporter

    The chief secretary of Guernsey's Committee for Employment and Social Security, is to stand in as acting chief secretary to the Committee for Education, Sport and Culture on a temporary basis.

    It follows a series of other high ranking changes in the civil service.

    Malcolm Nutley, who is currently chief secretary to Employment & Social Security, will take on the lead officer role at education until a permanent chief secretary is appointed.

    The head of operations at Employment and Social Security, Ed Ashton, will step in behind him.

    Paul Whitfield, States of Guernsey chief executive, said the move will mean both committee's continue to receive support from senior civil servants.

    He said filling the position full time won't be a rushed decision as finding the right person is the priority.

  12. See the 'house of horrors' the Bakers kept their victim in

    BBC News Northern Ireland

    A husband and wife who subjected a disabled woman to horrific sexual assaults while holding her as a virtual prisoner in Northern Ireland have been jailed.

    Keith, 61, from Guernsey, and Caroline Baker, 56, kept their victim in a squalid room in Craigavon without a carpet, a light bulb, bedclothes or curtains, for eight years.

    Speaking to BBC News NI, Mandy Highfield, who alerted police to the case, described what life was like inside the house.

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    Video caption: Life inside the 'house of horrors'
  13. Multiple reports of damage to vehicles in Guernsey

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    There have been multiple reports from Guernsey police of damages to vehicles in the past few weeks:

    • Between 18:45 and 20:00 on Thursday 16 March, motorcycle moved from parked space and damaged, St Peter Port
    • Between 18:00 on 31 March and 14:00 on 1 April , wing mirrors smashed off car, St Peter Port
    • Between 16:30 on Monday 07:30 today, broken windscreen wipers and scratches to body work on vehicle, St Andrew
  14. Funding has 'transformed' lives of vulnerable children

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Funding from Jersey to Unicef has "helped transform the lives of some of the most vulnerable children in the world" according to Deputy Carolyn Labey.

    In October 2016, Jersey granted £475,000 to UNICEF for projects focused on needy children in Lebanon.

    Quote Message: By helping refugee families in this region, we are increasing the chance that they will one day participate in the reconstruction of their tragic country. I’m incredibly proud of what we’re achieving here, and I’m sure the people of Jersey are too. We have not stood idly by, during one of the worst humanitarian crises since the war" from Deputy Carolyn Labey Chair of Jersey Overseas Aid
    Deputy Carolyn Labey Chair of Jersey Overseas Aid
  15. Man arrested after woman's body found

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    A 58-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the discovery of the body of a middle-aged woman in St Helier this morning.

    Jersey police said he was in custody and would be interviewed in due course.

    A UK Home Office pathologist is due to travel to the island to carry out a post-mortem examination in a bid to determine cause of death.

    Specialist Family Liaison Officers have been appointed to work in support of the family.

    Anyone who heard or saw anything out of the ordinary in Victoria Street, St Helier, during the last 24 hours are asked to contact the investigating officers on 01534 612927 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

  16. Scrutiny panel proposes alternate plan for hospital funds

    BBC Radio Jersey

    There are plans to pay for Jersey's new hospital with the States strategic reserve instead of borrowing money.

    Scrutiny has proposed a change to plans on how to pay for the new hospital.

    It says that borrowing at a time of low interest rates is not unreasonable, but this has to be balanced with the reality that we are living in a very unstable economic period.

    Quote Message: Rather than borrow the £400m what you could do is just pay in and the numbers we've had literally hot off the press are about £4m a year, and that would achieve over the 40 years the same as if you'd taken out the bond." from Deputy John le Fondre Financial Scrutiny panel, States of Jersey
    Deputy John le Fondre Financial Scrutiny panel, States of Jersey
  17. Jersey Sport has 'consistent support' from community

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Proposals to form a new grant-funded sport organisation in Jersey has had "consistent support from Jersey's sporting community", said the chairman of Jersey Sport's shadow board Constable Steve Pallett.

    The shadow board submitted a report in September last year, recommending the formation of the body on the same terms as other grant funded schemes such as Visit Jersey and Jersey Finance.

    The States of Jersey has said the motion will be discussed in May.

  18. Second oldest active passenger ship visits Guernsey

    Oscar Pearson

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Astoria

    The second cruise ship of the season has anchored off St Peter Port today. 

    The Astoria arrived five days early due to weather conditions off Scotland. 

    It is the second oldest passenger ship that is still in active service.

    The ship has 560 passengers on board and has come from Amsterdam.