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  1. One in five Guernsey households are at risk of relative income poverty, report finds
  2. Criticism of Jersey States over lack of consultation on changes to employees' pay and conditions
  3. Women who donated Take That performance to Durrell says she loves the band and charity
  4. Four point for GFC from two away games
  5. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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By Ryan Morrison

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  1. Our live coverage

    That's all from BBC Local Live in the Channel Islands for today, we'll be back at 08:00 to bring you all the day's news, sport, travel and weather updates.

    Don't miss BBC Channel Islands News at 18:30 and the late bulletin at 22:30 tonight.

  2. New medical group contract 'will transform' island health

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    A new contract between the Medical Specialist Group (MSG) and Guernsey's States will "transform" island healthcare, according to the group chief executive.


    Debbie Guillou says negotiations to replace the existing agreement - which expires in December - are now being finalised. 

    She says the agreement will bring about real change in healthcare including creating more of a partnership between MSG and the States. She said it would be about transforming healthcare for the future.

  3. Commissioner 'won't be used to ask for resignations'

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Jersey's chief minister tried to change the responsibilities of a new commissioner for standards so they couldn't investigate ministers breaking the ministerial code. 

    Senator Ian Gorst

    He was unsuccessful but said he wanted it so the role couldn't be used to threaten ministers.

    Senator Gorst told the States: "Going to ministers and saying if you don't do this position I can guarantee someone is going to report it to the commissioner and the commissioner is going to find you were in breach of the code and that's all I need to ask you to resign.

    "I don't want that, I don't think the assembly wants it and I don't think the public wants it."

  4. Two Guernsey finalists in Britain in Bloom awards

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Sark and St Peter Port have been selected to represent Guernsey in the 2017 Britain in Bloom Awards.

    St Peter Port is nominated in the champion of champions category and will join 77 other finalists including three from Jersey to be crowned as one of the cleanest, greenest and most beautiful places in the UK and Channel Islands.

    Quote Message: Floral Guernsey is very proud of the Parish team, all the volunteers and corporates who are supporting St Peter Port's entry for Champion of Champions and thus headlining our floral offering to our visitors to these islands." from Pat Johnson Chairman of Floral Guernsey
    Pat JohnsonChairman of Floral Guernsey
  5. Three Jersey groups up for bloom award

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Three groups from Jersey have made it to the final of the RHS Britain in Bloom competition. 


    They'll be going up against 76 other finalists hoping to be named one of the cleanest, greenest and most beautiful places in the UK and Channel Islands. 

    The Jersey finalists will plant thousands of bulbs and plants across the island, making more green spaces to benefit the community and the environment. 

    The finalists will take the RHS Britain in Bloom judges on a tour of their areas in August and the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in October. 

  6. States urged to 'get on with welfare reforms'

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    A foundation set up to promote and co-ordinate the work of Guernsey's charitable sector is urging the States to get on with long promised social welfare benefit reforms without delay. 

    The Community Foundation's call comes with the release of the States latest indicators of poverty report that found one in five were at risk of living in relative income poverty.

    The Community Foundation says this implies almost 12,500 people in Guernsey are living on household incomes of less than £18,600 a year after deducting tax and housing costs. 

  7. Tickets for Take That charity ball sold out

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    All the tickets for the Take that performance at the Durrell Wildlife Trust ball have sold out.

    Take That

    There were 50 tables available at the ball, giving 500 people a chance to see the band.

    The Jersey charity said it had more than 500 inquiries, the first within a minute of announcing Take That's performance.

    The charity offered tables of 10 at the ball for £5,000 each, and tables were allocated on a first come first served basis.

  8. Jonathan the stranded seal pup dies in Guernsey

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    A seal pup rescued in Jersey over New Year and flown to Guernsey to be cared for at the animal shelter has died.

    Named Jonathan, he was extremely weak and dehydrated with a variety of ailments and needed round the clock care, according to the GSPCA.

    Jonathan the seal
    Quote Message: We are deeply saddened at the GSPCA to report that despite sleepless nights and around the clock care Jonathan the grey seal pup passed away early Monday morning. from Steve Byrne GSPCA manager
    Steve ByrneGSPCA manager
  9. Jersey had 'spike' in bike thefts last year

    BBC Radio Jersey

    There's been a spike in the number of bike thefts in Jersey in January, according to the States of Jersey police.

    Last month 17 bikes were stolen compared to three in 2016 and six in 2015. 

    Officers are asking you to repost any suspicious activity in relation to bikes and to make sure cyclists are keeping their bikes safe.

  10. Marina storm gate closing due to heavy wind forecast

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    The Elizabeth Marina Storm Gate is being closed as a result of predicted wind direction and speed over the next two days.

    Ports of Jersey confirmed it would remain closed through to the end of Thursday and would then be reviewed into the weekend.

    Jersey Met confirmed heavy winds were expected this week getting heavier as we go into the weekend.

  11. 'One of Britain's worst paedophiles' lived in Guernsey, police confirm

    Guernsey Press

    A prolific paedophile who has admitted 45 sex offences against children in Britain and abroad spent a total of nine years in Guernsey, police have said.

  12. Prolific paedophile admits charges: 'Other victims out there'

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey Police and the National Crime Agency believe there may be other victims of a prolific paedophile who have yet to come forward.

    Mark Frost, 70, formerly known as Andrew Tracey, appeared at the Old Bailey in London today and admitted 45 sex offences against children in Britain and abroad.

    Ch Insp Antonia Read, from Guernsey Police, said: "Frost has links to the island, having lived here between 1967-1972 and then again between 1998-2002. He was involved with local Scouts during his first stay in Guernsey."

    She said "no allegations were made against Frost during his time in the island".

    Quote Message: Since Frost’s arrest in Spain last year Guernsey Police has been working with colleagues at the NCA, and there is a collective belief that there are potentially other victims who may have never come forward. As a result the NCA has launched an appeal throughout the British Isles to encourage anyone who may have been sexually abused by Frost to come forward." from Ch Insp Antonia Read Guernsey Police
    Ch Insp Antonia ReadGuernsey Police

    Any victims are urged to contact Guernsey Police or the dedicated NCA and NSPCC helpline on 0800 328 0904.

  13. 'No Guernsey allegations' against prolific paedophile

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    There have been no local allegations made against a prolific paedophile who previously lived and worked in Guernsey in the past.

    Mark Frost, 70, formerly known as Andrew Tracey, admitted 45 offences against children in Britain and abroad. He was appearing before the Old Bailey in London.

    Frost was referred to Guernsey Police in 2002 as a result of a nationwide investigation into purchasing of indecent images of children.

    Officers say he fled the island before any action could be taken and has not returned since.

    Quote Message: Frost was a former teacher and, although it is understood he never taught in Guernsey, we cannot rule out the potential for local victims to exist. I would like to take this opportunity to reassure any member of the community who believes they were abused by Frost that they can get in touch to receive support." from Ch Insp Antonia Read Guernsey Police
    Ch Insp Antonia ReadGuernsey Police

    Any local victims are encouraged to contact either Guernsey Police directly or the dedicated NSPCC helpline that has been set up – 0800 328 0904.

  14. Paedophile with Guernsey links guilty of 45 offences

    Press Association

    A prolific paedophile who worked in Guernsey during the 1970s and again in the late 1990s is facing years in jail after he admitted 45 sex offences against children in Britain and abroad.

    Mark Frost

    Retired English teacher Mark Frost, formerly known as Andrew Tracey, 70, pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to a catalogue of abuse against nine children in Thailand between 2009 and 2012.

    Police in Guernsey began an investigation into Frost in the early 2000s under the international Operation Ore probe into indecent images of children on the internet.

    Once he was taken off the sex offenders' register, he moved to Thailand where he groomed children for sex and threatened them with violence if they told anyone.

    The NCA and NSPCC have set up a helpline for other victims to come forward. The number is 0800 328 0904.

  15. Guernsey residents reassured over Trump ban

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Guernsey's Home Affairs president has re-assured islanders holding dual nationality with any of the seven countries restricted by a ban imposed by the Unites States, that they are unaffected if they hold a valid UK passport and the appropriate visa.

    Deputy Mary Lowe made the statement to the States this morning.

    Anyone who is uncertain about their eligibility to enter the United States is advised to contact the US immigration office.

  16. Where would you vote if the reforms are approved?

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Today politicians are debating reforms of the electoral system that will see districts changed from being linked to parish to being more closely linked to population areas.


    For example St John, St Lawrence, St Mary and St Ouen could all be merged into a single large district called the West district.

    If you are a St Lawrence resident what do you feel about being in the West district? Parts of St Saviour are on the island's south coast, but they would be in the North district. Email us with your comments.

    You can listen to the debate here.

  17. ‘Bullied’ trainee launches legal action against States

    Jersey Evening Post

    A former trainee dog handler who was unfairly dismissed from his job is suing the States Employment Board, claiming that he has developed post-traumatic stress disorder following a ‘concerted campaign of bullying’ by his trainer.  

  18. Electoral reform debate 'a second chance'

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    The debate into the future make up of the States Assembly in Jersey, including re-drawing boundaries and removing the island wide mandate, is a chance for the 2013 referendum result to be approved - says Deputy Andrew Lewis who proposed the change.

    Deputy Andrew Lewis

    He told the States: "Today we have a great opportunity to demonstrate to the public we listen. We also have a second chance to enact the result of the 2013 referendum where the public voted for change.

    "People say why now, well now because we have a limited amount of time to get it into place before the next election. I made an election promise on this and said I would bring it for debate."

    Debate resumes at 14:15 - you can listen here.

  19. Aurigny rebrand cost 'would fall on States'

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    It was announced in the States this morning that any work on whether or not Aurigny should rebrand will be on hold until a strategic review into the airline's future concludes.

    The airline has put the cost of any potential rebranding at about £500,000.

    Aurigny planes

    However, Deputy Charles Parkinson, the President of States Trading Supervisory Board, warned the airline could not afford the move - it has posted losses in most of past 16 years.

    "Given Aurigny's current financial position whatever costs are involved in designing and implementing any rebranding will ultimately fall on the States," he said.

  20. Hip surgery puts Simpson out for season

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    World number 25 Chris Simpson will miss the rest of the squash season after having surgery on a hip injury.

    The 29-year-old from Guernsey, ranked fourth in England, had been targeting a place in the sport's top 16 this year.

    Chris Simpson

    "My season has unfortunately come to a premature end," Simpson said in a statement on Twitter. "I'm up and about today, and determined to make a full recovery."