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Rob England

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  1. Our coverage across the Channel Islands

    Thanks for joining us today. There is no Local Live tomorrow or Monday, as we'll be enjoying the Easter break.

    We'll be back with all the latest news, weather, travel and sport on Tuesday 18 at 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. Bluebell Wood attempted tree felling a 'deliberate, criminal act'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Damaged Bluebell Wood tree. Pic: Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services

    Police in Guernsey are investigating a mature tree in Bluebell Wood being severely damaged in what officials have described as a "deliberate act" and "criminal".

    Staff at Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services (ACLMS) said a States' cliff path team noticed the damage on 6 April. 

    They described it as a "failed attempt to cut the canopy from the tree at a point some 4m to 5m from ground level".

    ACLMS said no-one was authorised to work in the woodland other than with its written permission. 

  3. UK ‘tax havens’ should be on Brexit agenda – German MEP

    Guernsey Press

    The UK must end the role its offshore territories such as Guernsey play in harbouring ‘secretive companies’ if it wants to secure a good deal with the EU post-Brexit, a member of the European Parliament has said.

  4. Roadworks suspended on Fosse Andre

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Works in the Fosse Andre in St Peter Port will be suspended during the Easter weekend, according to highways officials.

    The road is to reopen to traffic as normal from early Friday morning and close to traffic to enable works to continue at 07:00 on Tuesday 18 April.

  5. Hedgehogs 'particularly vulnerable this time of year', says GSPCA

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    The GSPCA has called for "hedgehog-friendly" gardens after four of the animals were found caught in a fishing net in Bonne Nuit Bay in Jersey on Tuesday.

    One hedgehog had to be put down after seriously injuring itself in the struggle, and another suffered leg injuries, the Jersey Hedgehog Preservation Society said.

    hedgehog caught in net

    Steve Byrne, from the GSPCA, said hedgehogs were "particularly vulnerable" this time of year due to foraging, mating and hibernation habits.

    He said the organisation cared for about 400 hedgehogs a year, and that residents could include hedgehog houses and shallow water dishes in their gardens.

    He added, that if anyone across the Channel Islands was to encounter a hedgehog during the day, they should call the GSPCA's 24-hour number, visit its website, or, if the animal looked distressed, put it in a box for collection.

  6. Latest weather: Getting cloudy

    BBC Weather

    Some clear spells at first this evening, but clouding over through the early hours giving a mild end to the night. Minimum temperature: 8C (46F).


    Good Friday will be largely cloudy, with just a chance of seeing some light rain through the afternoon. Maximum temperature: 12C (54F).

  7. Former Norwegian rescue boat to appear at Jersey Boat Show

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    A former Norwegian rescue boat, which dates back to the late 19th Century, will be attending the 10th anniversary Barclays Jersey Boat Show, organisers have said.

    The 47ft wooden rescue sailboat, Christiania,will be staying over to Jersey for seven days en-route from Oslo to Istanbul.


    The boat is taking part in a "seed journey" in which the crew conduct research into the role grains have played in shaping "our culture and society".

  8. England debut for Le Tissier in Belgium

    James Rabey

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Guernsey footballer Maya Le Tissier will make her long awaited England debut this evening.

    The 15-year-old will captain the under-15 women's side as they travel to face Belgium.

    Maya was due to make her debut against Germany in February but the game was called off due to the weather.

    Maya Le Tissier in England kit
  9. Road closures for Easter races in Guernsey

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Guernsey Athletics has its annual running festival taking place this weekend. Police said two of the events would have some impact on the traffic movement.


    • The Guernsey Athletics 5km road run will take place on Good Friday, starting and finishing at Footes Lane athletics track, commencing at 10:00 and ending before 11:00
    • There will be no signed road closure for this event, but traffic may be delayed by police or marshals at junctions for 10 minutes as runners pass through the area


    • The Guernsey Athletics 10km road race takes place on Easter Monday on a new course, starting at Grandes Rocques at 09:30
    • Roads affected by this race will be the northern coast road and runners will pass through: L’islet, Les Amarreurs, L’ancresse crossroads, La Moye, Bordeaux and Vale Castle. They will finish at Northside, opposite the former Quayside store
    • Northside and the Vale will be closed to through traffic in both directions between about 08:00 and 11:00, with a diversion passing along Trafalgar Road

    Where possible, other road users are advised to avoid both areas for the short duration of both events or face short delays.

  10. Jersey RPI increase 'not immune to impact of Brexit'

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    The chairman of Jersey's Chamber of Commerce has said the increase of 2.9% in the island's Retail Price Index was not "unexpected", and predicted further pressure on everyday costs throughout the year due to the "uncertainty" in the markets following Brexit.

    Quote Message: Whilst consumers may find this strange to blame Brexit, unfortunately, we are not immune from the impact, given the high level of imports, not just to the islands, but inbound to the UK too. Higher sourcing costs are being passed on from suppliers.” from Mark Cox Chairman, Jersey Chamber of Commerce
    Mark CoxChairman, Jersey Chamber of Commerce
  11. Chief Minister to meet lifeboat crew after skipper sacking

    BBC Radio Jersey

    RNLI logo

    Jersey's Chief Minister is to meet the former crew of the St Helier lifeboat to discuss its dispute with the RNLI.

    All 25 members of the station quit after coxswain Andy Hibbs was asked to step down by the charity.

    Former crew member Paul Battrick wrote to the Council of Ministers asking for support. 

    Assistant Chief Minister Paul Routier said the council fully supported the lifeboat crew and he was arranging for Ian Gorst to meet with the crew. But he added it was "not for anyone outside of the RNLI to comment on the suspension of the coxswain while the appeal process is still going on".

    The RNLI said the St Helier skipper was dismissed due to a "serious breach" of the RNLI's Volunteer Code of Conduct.

  12. Car 'damaged' and others 'tampered with' in Castel

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Police in Guernsey are investigating a car being damaged overnight.

    Officers said it was damaged sometime between 17:30 on Tuesday and 08:00 on Wednesday whilst parked in Les Genats Estate, Castel. 

    Officers said they were looking for information about the damaged car and the tampering of others vehicles nearby.

  13. Jersey charities could receive 'vital' lottery funds

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    More than £1m raised by the Channel Islands lottery should go to the Association of Jersey Charities(AJC), a minister has said.

    Deputy Murray Norton, minister for economic development, tourism , sport and culture said the record amount of £1,250,482 would work "for the benefit of the island".

    An AJC spokesperson said the "vital" funds would benefit charities on the island, particularly in "an increasingly competitive fundraising market".

  14. Gipsy Moth IV to return for Jersey Boat Show

    BBC Radio Jersey

    The famous yacht Gipsy Moth IV, in which Sir Francis Chichester sailed around the globe in 1966, is returning to the 2017 Barclays Jersey Boat Show, a ports of Jersey spokesperson confirmed.

    The vessel, celebrating the 50th anniversary of its journey, is believed to have set a number of world records, including the fastest round the world voyage by a small vessel, the longest non-stop passage by a small vessel and the longest single-handed passage.

    Eileen Skinner, founding trustee of the Gipsy Moth Trust, said the trust was "inviting the public to experience his legacy first-hand".

    Gypsy Moth IV
  15. Guernsey FC player 'gutted' operation was delayed

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    A number of islanders are reporting delays to their hospital operations.

    Guernsey FC footballer Jack Domaille injured his knee back in October, and has since seen his operation delayed by more than four months.

    Mr Domaille is having to wait much longer than the NHS's standard 18-week-wait, which he said was taking a toll on him.

    Jack Domaille
    Quote Message: I was gutted. That's what I set my heart and my head on, that's what I was focused for. For that to be sort of taken away, it just feels cruel really. All the work that you put in. It will come, it's not for nothing, I'm just trying to make the best of a bad situation at the minute." from Jack Domaille Footballer, Guernsey FC
    Jack DomailleFootballer, Guernsey FC

    In a statement, the Medical Specialist Group said there was a backlog while it awaited the arrival in June of a fourth orthopaedic surgeon.

  16. Idris Elba to DJ in Jersey

    Alexandra Spiceley

    BBC Radio Jersey, Reporter

    Ruth Wilson and Idris Elba in Luther
    Image caption: Alice Morgan (Ruth Wilson) and DCI John Luther (Idris Elba)

    Actor, musician and DJ Idris Elba will be performing a DJ set in Jersey this month. 

    Best known for his roles in the BBC One series Luther (pictured), as well as Stringer Bell in US hit series The Wire, as Heimdall in Marvel's Thor and Nelson Mandela in the film Long Walk to Freedom, he will be at Mimosa Bar in St Helier on 29 April.

  17. Huge Easter egg has more chocolate than the average person eats in a year

    This £200 Easter egg has almost one-and-a-half times more chocolate than the average person in the UK eats in a year.

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    Video caption: How do you make a £200 Easter egg?