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Summary

  1. St Helier murder probe: Forensic work concludes
  2. Risk of operation for man with brain tumour 'too great' for some doctors
  3. Nitrate levels in soil 'must fall' says Jersey scrutiny committee
  4. 'Majority' of Guernsey fly-tipping occurs in St Peter Port
  5. Lihou visitors warned to double check tide times
  6. Watson and Broady prepare for action in Switzerland
  7. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Rob England

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the Channel Islands

    Thanks for joining us today. We'll be back with all the latest news, weather, travel and sport tomorrow from 08:00.

    Don't forget BBC Channel Islands News on BBC One at 18:30, 20:00 and 22:25 and there's news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

  2. Weather: Cloudy and light showers

    BBC Weather

    A dry night will follow but the cloud will gradually increase towards Wednesday morning. The winds will freshen a little too. Minimum temperature: 7C (45F).

    Wednesday will be a rather cloudy day with fresh west to north-westerly winds.

    The cloud will be thick enough at times for a little light rain. Maximum temperature: 12C (54F).

  3. Move to GMT on Lihou causeway times was a bid 'to avoid confusion'

    Listing the Lihou causeway times in Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), rather than British Summer Time (BST), was a move aimed to avoid confusion rather than create it, the States department responsible has said.

    Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services said the times are listed on the same webpage as the tide times and to avoid confusion the decision was taken to publish all of the timings in GMT for 2017.

    A spokesman said the opening times published online on the display boards at the causeway clearly state all times are in GMT.

    However, concerns raised have led to a change in the listings to BST.

    Lihou Island
    Quote Message: Following discussions with Richard Curtis, Warden of Lihou House, it is clear that using GMT for all timings is causing confusion and therefore we have taken the decision to revert back to using BST for the relevant period." from Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services
    Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services
  4. Royal Navy vessels set to visit for Jersey boat show

    HMS Mersey will be open to the public as part of the 10th Jersey Boat Show.

    The 79m River Class offshore patrol vessel, which weighs 1,700 tonnes carries out fisheries protection and security patrols, recently returned to Portsmouth after spending 13 months overseas, including time in the Caribbean.

    HMS Mersey

    The university training vessels - HMS Smiter and HMS Ranger - will also be in the island for the free event from 29 April to 1 May.

    They will be joined by four offshore raiding crafts (ORC), which are designed to deliver crew from ship to shore in strong seas as well as have the ability to act as a fire support platform.

  5. Changes to Guernsey Post tariffs

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Guernsey Post has announced that it will be introducing changes to its postal rates from Tuesday 2 May 2017. 

    The new headline letter rates are as follows:

    • The cost of a Bailiwick stamp will be 44p
    • The price of a UK stamp will be 59p  
    • The price of a letter to Europe will be 73p
    • The price of a letter to the Rest of the World will be 90p
    Quote Message: We understand customers do not like price increases and we have tried to minimise the impact as much as we can. However, some of our costs have increased significantly, such as the price we pay for the onward conveyance and delivery of international mail, and we unfortunately have to reflect these charges in our prices." from Boley Smillie Guernsey Post Chief Executive
    Boley SmillieGuernsey Post Chief Executive
  6. High nitrate levels 'need tackling'

    Alexandra Spiceley

    BBC Radio Jersey, Reporter

    The head of Jersey water has said the latest report on nitrate levels in Jersey's water focuses on the islands untreated water, but he agrees that the high levels need tackling.  

    Helier Smith was responding to a scrutiny report looking into the levels of nitrate contamination in the island water supply. 

    It wants the amount of nitrates that naturally seep into the soil to be reduced by a third. 

    Quote Message: On occasion it does present a serious problem for us to actually be able to supply water to our customers which is fully compliant. from Helier Smith Jersey Water
    Helier SmithJersey Water
  7. Alderney chairman backs closer ties with Aurigny

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The Chairman of Alderney's Policy and Finance Committee is backing a report today which calls for a legally-binding contract between the island's government and Aurigny airlines. 

    James Dent said he wants to introduce a public service obligation on the Alderney routes, which would give the States more control over performance. 

    He also says he wants a "better" air service, and would like to open island routes up to competitive tenders.   

    Quote Message: There would for example be penalties for non performance, and incentives for growing the market, the Alderney routes don't make any money at the moment, it is to be seen." from James Dent Chairman Policy and Finance Committee, Alderney
    James DentChairman Policy and Finance Committee, Alderney
  8. New harbour master appointed in Jersey

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Jersey harbour

    A new harbour master has been appointed in Jersey after the resignation of Captain Philip Buckley.

    Capt Buckley resigned on 27 March, he will be returning to the UK for "family reasons".

    He assumed the role of Jersey harbour master in November 2014.

    The Harbour Authority said "We have been strengthening our maritime team under Phil's leadership and have a comprehensive succession plan. However, as is prudent on such occasions, we are reviewing our requirements and will announce Phil's successor in due course."

  9. Volunteers call for support to finish La Valette restoration

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    A group running a restoration project has said they will restore the entire area of La Valette in Guernsey, including all the Victorian bathing pools by the summer.

    La Valette Gent's pool
    Image caption: Storm damage to the 'gent's pool' in 2014

    Stonemasons from MS Engineering have been repairing the Victorian facilities, including repairs to the walls of the pools damaged by storms.

    The chairman of the La Valette Legacy Team, Pat Johnson, said hundreds of volunteers are involved with the project.

    They are calling for islanders to "join us in saving this magnificent piece of Guernsey’s heritage". 

  10. Ongoing discussions about future of Church of England in Jersey

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey's External Relations Minister is chairing a committee looking into the future relationship of the Church of England in Jersey and the UK. 

    Synod has set up a committee, chaired by Senator Sir Philip Bailhache in his role as a leading lay member, to look into what future options are available for the churches. 

    woman with a bible

    At the moment, pastoral care for Jersey falls under the Diocese of Canterbury following a split with the Diocese of Winchester. 

    The split followed claims Jersey's Dean did not act appropriately when a woman complained she'd been abused in the island. 

    Quote Message: I don't want to express any preference at the moment because the work is still going on before this committee and ultimately before synod, and then there will have to be discussions with Guernsey. from Sir Philip Bailhache External Relations Minister, Jersey
    Sir Philip BailhacheExternal Relations Minister, Jersey
  11. Heather Watson out of Biel Bienne Open

    BBC Sport

    Britain's Heather Watson was knocked out in the first round of the Biel Bienne Open in Switzerland, losing in straight sets to Anett Kontaveit.

    Watson, ranked 110th in the world, was beaten 7-6 (7-2) 6-2 by the Estonian, who is the world number 99.

    Heather Watson
  12. 'The Durrells' nominated for multiple Baftas

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    A television programme about Jersey's Gerald Durrell has been nominated for three categories in the Baftas. 

    The Durrells is up for an award for best writer in drama, best costume design and best titles and graphics. 

    It's up against the Night Manager, The Crown and the Paralympics 2016.

    The Durrells
  13. Teen indecent assaults case adjourned for two weeks

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    A teenager accused of committing two seaside sexual attacks over the weekend has appeared in Jersey's Youth Court.

    The 16-year-old boy was charged with two counts of indecent assault on Monday.

    This morning he again reserved his plea to these charges.

    The teen is accused of attacking a 39-year-old woman on Friday in St Brelade near the Sugar Basin slipway.

    Later the same day, he is also charged with indecently assaulting a 52 year-old woman in the gardens of Jardin de la Mer, St Helier.

    Police adviser Susie Sharp asked the youth court to adjourn the matter for two weeks for further investigations.

    The boy is to return to court on 25 April and will remain in custody at the secure facility Greenfields until that time. 

  14. Swimming team selection 'hard fought'

    BBC Sport

    The 19 Guernsey swimmers going to the 2017 Gotland Island Games follows a "hard fought" selection.

    Brian Allen, president of the Guernsey Amateur Swimming Association, said initially 43 competitors applied to go.

    He said: "With a maximum of approximately 20 places available meant that achieving the qualifying time to gain selection would be hard fought and not easy to achieve.

    "This year there is a good balance within the team which includes 10 experienced swimmers and nine new caps."

    Quote Message: It is encouraging to see so many senior swimmers, who have attended many games in the past, still inspired enough to want to continue with the hard training. They are joined by a group of youngsters coming through the ranks who are showing great potential for the future." from Brian Allen President of the Guernsey Amateur Swimming Association
    Brian Allen President of the Guernsey Amateur Swimming Association
  15. Charity funds waiting room refurb at Guernsey hospital

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    A charity in Guernsey has donated £3,000 to the Health and Social Services Department to fund an "extensive refurbishment" of the waiting room at The Princess Elizabeth Hospital, a government spokesperson has said.

    Princess Elizebeth Hospital

    Bowel Cancer Guernsey - a charity which works to raise awareness of the disease - said it wanted to "enhance the participants’ experience of the screening process".

    The States says it offers screening tests to eligible residents in the Bailiwick during their 67th year.   

  16. Reds back row Haining to join Bristol

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Jersey Reds back rower Nick Haining has become the latest player to be confirmed as leaving the island  ahead of next season.

    The 26-year-old will join Bristol after playing in Jersey's final Championship game of the campaign at home to Richmond on Saturday.

    Nick Haining

    "Nick has been one of the standout performers in the Championship for Jersey,” said Bristol head coach Mark Tainton.

  17. Waiting list for scouts in Jersey at a record high, despite more volunteers

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    The number of children on the waiting list to get involved with the Scouts in Jersey is the highest ever recorded for the group, the Scouts Association has said.

    This is despite an influx in volunteers to help run activities on the island.

    In Jersey there are 806 young people involved in the Scouts, with 107 on the waiting list, and 237 adult volunteers.

    Guernsey also has a waiting list, with 34 young people looking for a place.

    Quote Message: Many adults who are signing up with the Scouts have a limited amount of time to donate to us, and so we need more volunteers as a whole in order to accommodate the continued demand for Scouting among young people." from Hayley Dewar Island Development Officer
    Hayley DewarIsland Development Officer