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Summary

  1. Murder accused pleads not guilty
  2. Jersey and Guernsey join forces to attract more tourists
  3. Jersey students 'attendance high in 2016'
  4. RAF aircraft to take part in training exercise
  5. Jersey set for final showdown with Munster
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday 24 April

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By Rob England

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our coverage throughout the day

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Live updates for the Channel Islands have finished for the week, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather. 

    Don't forget BBC Channel Islands News at 18:30 and the late bulletin at 22:30 tonight. There will also be news through the weekend on your BBC Local Radio station.

  2. Education minister rules out sixth form at Les Quennevais

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey's education minister has ruled out putting facilities for a sixth form at Les Quennevais school. 

    Following calls for the west of the island to have its own facilities to study A levels, deputy Rod Bryans said he has considered whether the new site would be suitable. 

    But he said the option has been ruled it out, partly because he does not think the students themselves would be interested.

    Quote Message: The students that were wanting to go from Les Quennevais to Hautlieu this year, and I think it's the biggest number of students this year that they've ever had going to Hautlieu, is because they want to move.
  3. Where to listen and watch the Reds this evening

    BBC Sport

    Local sports fans will cram into the clubhouse at Jersey Rugby Club tonight to watch one of the biggest games in the team's history. 

    The Reds are away against Munster A in the British and Irish Cup final in Cork, the match is being streamed live back to St Peter.

    BBC Jersey's sport team will be broadcasting comprehensive live radio commentary from 19:00.

    Jersey Reds
  4. Man 'headbutted' in St Peter Port

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    A man allegedly headbutted another in St Peter Port on Sunday 2 April.

    It happened around 02:10 at The North Plantation, St Peter Port.

    Police are appealing for witnesses.

  5. Gorst: Using rainy day fund for hospital 'irresponsible'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey's chief minister has dismissed calls for the islands new hospital to be paid for entirely from the governments "rainy day fund". 

    The original plan was to borrow £4m for the work, and find the rest from the strategic reserve.

    Jersey General Hospital

    But scrutiny has brought forward an alternative, to take the whole cost from the fund to avoid the island going too far into debt.

    Senator Ian Gorst said although there is nearly enough in the fund to pay for the new hospital twice over, it would be irresponsible to spend that much all in one go.

  6. Motorbike ridden 'dangerously' in Jersey

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    The police are appealing to witnesses who may have seen a motorbike being ridden "dangerously" along Havre Des pas on Sunday 16 April, at about 15:00. 

    It is believed there was a car driving directly behind the motorbike, and police want to speak to the driver of this car. 

    The motorbike is thought to have pulled a wheelie along the sea front as it was being ridden, heading east, police said.

  7. Parents warned about Europe-wide measles outbreak

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Jersey's department of health and social services has issued a warning to parents after a "major measles outbreak" in parts of Europe.

    The department is emphasising the importance of protecting their children with the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

    They say Italy and Romania have been particularly badly effected.

    The latest provisional statistics show that 97% of children in Jersey have received at least one MMR vaccine dose by the age of five, with 92% received the recommended two dose course.

    Quote Message: Uptake of immunisation is generally high in Jersey, however the European outbreak and the deaths it is causing show just how important it is for all children to be vaccinated. Measles is one of the most infectious diseases – it can be caught by an unvaccinated person by spending just 15 minutes in the same room with someone who is infected. It’s vital we maintain high levels of vaccination in Jersey to ensure measles doesn’t affect our children." from Dr Linda Diggle Head of Preventive Programmes
    Dr Linda DiggleHead of Preventive Programmes
  8. Dorset police appeal for missing man from Sark

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    A man from Sark has gone missing in Dorset, police said.

    A spokesperson said 51-year-old Steve Grey travelled from Guernsey to Poole on a planned trip on 27 March.

    They added: "Since then, he had been staying in hotels, but has not been seen or heard from since Saturday 8 April."

    Steve Grey

    Mr Grey is described as white, 5ft 7ins tall, of medium build and with long grey hair and a beard. 

    Police said he was last seen wearing beige trousers, a grey woollen jumper and boat shoes.

    Inspector Steve Horton, from Dorset Police said Mr Grey's lack of communication was "out of character".

  9. Murder accused pleads not guilty

    BBC Channel Islands News

    A 52-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to murder. 

    Michael Charles Brown, from Jersey, appeared at the Royal Court this morning charged with killing John Stephen McCarthy at Vauxhall Gardens in St Helier on 21 October 2016. 

    He entered a guilty plea to the lesser charge of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility. 

    A date for his trial will be set in six weeks.

    Vauxhall Gardens
    Image caption: The 73-year-old victim was found wounded on a driveway in Vauxhall Gardens
  10. Jersey born rugby international wishes Reds 'good luck'

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    "Proud Jersey-man" and England rugby international Matt Banahan, currently playing for Bath, has wished Jersey Reds good luck in the British and Irish Cup final tonight.

    The game is being shown at Jersey Rugby Club, with live commentary on BBC Radio Jersey from 19:00.

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  11. Brexit discussions continue but with civil servants

    BBC Channel Islands News

    The heads of Jersey and Guernsey governments will not be meeting UK ministers to continue Brexit negotiations on Monday as planned.

    Representatives from the Crown dependencies will still attend a meeting in London, but will speak with civil servants instead of elected officials.

    Jersey's Chief Minister Ian Gorst said the UK ministers will be busy campaigning for the UK 2017 general election.

    Quote Message: It will mean that at a ministerial level those discussions will not go on because those ministers will be out fighting in their constituencies. But at an official level it's expected that those conversations and the working groups that we are party to will continue throughout this period. Quite how, whether they take a slightly different form, we will have to wait and see. from Senator Ian Gorst Chief Minister, States of Jersey
    Senator Ian GorstChief Minister, States of Jersey
  12. Flights between Alderney and Jersey 'could bring more tourists'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    The CEO of Visit Jersey has claimed the island could benefit from promoting itself alongside Guernsey and the other Channel Islands, but air and ferry links need to be improved to get the best results. 

    Keith Beecham said better transport to Alderney could appeal to customers in mainland Europe. 

    Quote Message: I understand there's some possibility of an airline flying between Alderney and Jersey. If that happens I think that will be an excellent initiative for us to visit Alderney, and for people from Alderney to come here. More importantly it means we can go to say Germany, and talk to tour operators in Germany and say well, if you'd like to go to Jersey, you can go to Alderney." from Keith Beecham CEO, Visit Jersey
    Keith BeechamCEO, Visit Jersey
  13. Fans travel to Cork for historic match

    BBC Sport

    Local sports fans are looking forward to one of the most significant moments in Jersey sporting history tonight. 

    Jersey Reds are in rugby's British and Irish Cup final against Munster A. 

    The Reds have already achieved their highest ever place in the league and now want to cap the season off with some silverware. 

    It will be the last match in a Jersey shirt for a string of players including Gary Graham (pictured), James Freeman and Simon Kerrod.

    Gary Graham
  14. Jersey desalination plant 'last resort' in drought

    BBC Radio Jersey

    The chief executive of Jersey Water has said the desalination plant is essential in times of drought. 

    There has been no significant rainfall for 16 days, and Jersey Met Office said none was expected until at least next week. 

    Water from the updated desalination plant will be used to top up Jersey reservoirs. The plant produces 10.4m litres of water a day. Helier Smith said it's a last resort as it costs £4,000 a day in electricity alone to run.  

    Quote Message: It's very easy to use a lot of water, a hose pipe can use 1,000 litres in an hour, which is enough for a family of four for three days. Our customers should be wary, and not waste water. from Helier Smith Chief Executive, Jersey Water
    Helier SmithChief Executive, Jersey Water

    On Thursday, Jersey Met Office announced the island was in a period of "absolute drought", because of no significant rain in 15 days, Jersey Water said the island's water reserves were "vulnerable".

  15. Are you running in London this weekend?

    #GetInspired

    Meet Fran - she's just one of the many thousands who will be taking on the London Marathon this weekend.....

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    Video caption: London Marathon 2017: Beating the bullies, Fran's inspiring story

    If you're taking part in the race - or know someone who is - let us know about it using the #GetInspired hashtag on social media and we could feature you in our live text commentary or messages on the TV coverage during the day.