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Summary

  1. St Helier murder probe: Police call for witnesses
  2. Missing man Steven Corbet's cause of death 'unascertained'
  3. Post-16 survey gives insight into Guernsey's young people
  4. Trislander G-RLON takes off on 'final flight'
  5. Jersey FA say Leicester match will be 'a fantastic experience'
  6. Updates on Wednesday 5 April 2017

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  1. Our coverage across the Channel Islands

    That's all from us for today. We'll be back with all the latest news, weather, travel and sport on Thursday from 08:00.

    Don't forget  BBC Channel Islands News on BBC One  later.

    There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

  2. Trislander to stay at Lee-on-Solent while museum space prepared

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    Trislander G-RLON has arrived at Lee-on-Solent airfield from Guernsey on its way to becoming a museum piece.

    It will stay at the airfield while its display space is prepared at Solent Sky Museum.

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    Video caption: Trislander arrives in Lee-on-Solent from Guernsey on its way to becoming a museum piece.
  3. Missing man had anti-depressants in body

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    A man whose body was found in a Guernsey forest six months after he went missing, had anti-depressants in his body .

    Judge Graeme McKerrell, coroner at an inquest into the death of Steven Corbet, returned an open verdict today.

    A report from Home Office pathologist Dr Russell Delaney said there were traces of mirtazapine in his body, but no other drugs were found. He described the body as "extensively decomposed".

    He said: "Due to the condition of the body it was not possible to ascertain the cause of death. 

    "There was no positive evidence of ante mortem injury but it is clearly not possible to entirely exclude an injury that damaged soft tissue only.

    "In a man of this age and with past medical history it is possible that he died of natural causes. Other possibilities to consider include overdose."

    Mr Corbet's body was identified using the serial numbers on a left knee replacement he had in 2012.

  4. Guernsey's heath service under pressure from 'ageing population'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Health scrutiny committee Guernsey

    Guernsey's Health Service locally has seen more pressure from an ageing population, according to the president of Guernsey's Health and Social Care Committee.

    Deputy Heidi Soulsby also told a scrutiny panel that the department should spend more money on social care by making savings of up to £5.2m.

    However, the Policy and Resources Committee has already said it would like to see any money saved return to general revenue.

  5. Common holes filler ‘a mistake’, says council

    Guernsey Press

    The use of what has been labelled 'builder’s rubble' to fill in holes on L’Ancresse Common was a mistake that will soon be rectified , the vice-president of the Vale Commons Council has said.

  6. 'It's absolutely devastating' - raising awareness of smear tests

    BBC Channel Islands News

    A woman from Jersey whose stepmother has been diagnosed with cervical cancer at the age of 35 is trying to raise awareness of the importance of having a smear test.

    Jade De Abreu's stepmother, Lisa has been diagnosed with stage four terminal cancer.

    Lisa, who lives in the UK, failed to have a smear test for nine years believing she was too young to get cervical cancer.

    Women in Jersey are offered screening every three years from the age of 25 but unlike the UK are not automatically invited for their first test. 

    Jade De Abreu
    Quote Message: You never think it's going to happen to you, you go to work, you take your kids to school, you come home, you walk the dog, you don't ever think 'I need to go and book that smear because I need to make sure I'm clean and clear', it's not nice, nobody enjoys it, but it's a must." from Jade De Abreu
    Jade De Abreu
  7. Collision at Queen's Road/Mount Row junction

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Emergency Services are attending a two-vehicle collision, which is blocking the filter at the junction.

    Motorists are asked to avoid the area.

  8. Weather: Sunny spells

    BBC Weather

    It will remain dry overnight but the skies will turn cloudier across the islands, allowing only limited clearer spells. Minimum Temperature: 9C (48F).

    Weather map

    Thursday will be another dry day for us all, with variable amounts of cloud, light winds and bright or sunny spells for most, especially during the afternoon. Maximum Temperature: 12C (54F).

  9. Guernsey Post to vend 'Post & Go' stamps

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey Post has announced that it will vend "Post & Go" stamps from the Smith Street Post Office in St Peter Port from 21 April to 31 August 2017.

    The exhibition kiosk that will dispense the stamps will arrive in Guernsey next week and will vend Guernsey flag stamp strips, the post office said.

    Guernsey stamp
    Quote Message: We are confident that the addition of a Post & Go machine at Smith Street during the busy summer months will prove popular with existing customers and cruise ship visitors alike. We’re really looking forward to seeing it go live later this month." from Bridget Yabsley Head of Philatelic, Guernsey Post
    Bridget Yabsley Head of Philatelic, Guernsey Post
  10. Volunteers needed for prison monitoring panel

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Guernsey's committee for Home Affairs is looking to recruit volunteers to serve on the Independent Monitoring Panel.

    The role is a key part of making sure there is a consistent standard of care in Guernsey prison for officers and staff, police said.

    Members of the panel look at day-to-day life in the prison via regular, unannounced visits. 

    The work is unpaid, and takes a few hours of volunteers time each month.

    Guernsey Prison
    Quote Message: A diverse pool of volunteers enables us to tailor our response to each request we get utilising the skills and experience that we have in the most effective way possible. Someone who has good IT and report writing skills is just as important as the good listener who is able to see both sides and act as an independent mediator when needed." from Wendy Meade Independant Monitoring Panel Chair
    Wendy Meade Independant Monitoring Panel Chair
  11. Missing man death cause 'unascertained'

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    The cause of death of a man whose body was found by children in woodland six months after he went missing remains unresolved, an inquest has concluded .

    Steven Corbet, 59, was last seen on 27 June 2016, the day he was released from police custody after being held overnight.

    His body was found on Christmas Eve near the pine forest in Guernsey.

    Steve Corbet

    At an inquest at Guernsey's Magistrates Court, the coroner, Judge Graeme McKerrell, recorded an open verdict.

    The inquest heard Home Office pathologist, Dr Russell Delaney, determined the cause of death as "unascertained".

  12. Campaign to highlight the ecological benefits of bats

    Jersey Evening Post

    A campaign to raise awareness of the importance of bats is due to be launched next month .

  13. Guernsey's promotional companies should work closer together

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Bringing together the different bodies promoting Guernsey to the world could benefit the island, according to a speaker at an Institute of Directors event today.

    Iain Beresford said they also need to consider whether the island's being promoted in the right way.

    Mr Beresford argued that bodies like Locate, Visit, and We Are Guernsey should work more closely to "maximise the impact of their budgets".

    Iain Beresford
  14. Minister of State hopes Alderney visit will happen soon

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    Sir Oliver Heald MP was "very disappointed" to have to defer his visit to Alderney today, due to mechanical problems with his flight from Southampton to the island.

    He has served as Minister of State at the Ministry of Justice with responsibility for the Crown Dependencies since 2016.

    His office told the BBC Sir Oliver was looking forward to meeting the president again and other members of the States and he will reschedule a visit as soon as possible. 

  15. Jersey vs Leicester U23s team updates

    Tim Pryor

    BBC Sport

    Jersey midfielder Jack Boyle is unavailable for tonight's friendly against Leicester City Under-23s.

    Calvin Weir and Max Thompson both return to Martin Cassidy's squad for the match at Springfield.

    The fixture, kicking off at 20:00, is part of the island side's preparations for the Muratti and Island Games and you can hear live commentary on BBC Radio Jersey .

  16. Guernsey's greatest risk to investment is 'talking itself down'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    A woman who sits on the boards of a number of Channel Islands companies has said all islanders have a part to play in ensuring Guernsey presents "its best face to the world".

    Meriel Lenfestey spoke at an Institute of Directors panel session this morning at St James on how Guernsey can best present itself as an attractive location to outside investors.

    She said that while Locate, Startup, and Visit Guernsey all have their part to play, she believes the greatest risk is the island "talking itself down on social media".

    social media
  17. Relaxing new look for child support centre pool room

    Jersey Evening Post

    A hydrotherapy pool at a centre which supports children with special needs has undergone a £20,000 transformation.

  18. Dry afternoon and mild night

    BBC Weather

    It will be a dry afternoon across the islands with variable amounts of cloud and sunny spells.

    A rather cloudy night will follow, but it will remain dry. It will remain mild under the blanket of cloud. Minimum temperature: 9C (48F).

    weather
  19. Teachers injured in France 'still recovering'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Two teachers from De La Salle College, who were badly injured in an alleged hit-and-run in the French Alps, are still recovering from their injuries in the UK, according to the school. 

    Both were initially treated in hospital in France but have now been moved to the UK. 

    French police said the driver left the ski resort of La Clusaz and was later arrested.  

    The Assistant Head Teacher at De La Salle, Tim Sylvester, said the pair are making "good progress" and are expected back for the start of the new academic year. 

  20. UK MP in Guernsey to learn about 'local insurance'

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    The chair of the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Insurance and Financial Services has been in Guernsey to learn about "the local insurance industry", a States spokesperson has said.

    Craig Tracey MP met with a number of locally based insurance companies to gain "a greater understanding of the industry in Guernsey". 

    Quote Message: It was an excellent opportunity to meet lots of Guernsey businesses and trade bodies which really highlighted the possibility to work more closely together in the coming years.” from Craig Tracey MP
    Craig Tracey MP