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Summary

  1. Ex-Guernsey resident jailed for life after 45 sex crimes
  2. Inquest rules that Green Island death woman drowned
  3. Women's Muratti cancelled as Guernsey pull out
  4. JT says it will work with the elderly on new charges
  5. Updates on Wednesday 8 February 2017

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  1. Local Live in the Channel Islands

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    That's your lot for today from the Local Live team, but we'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow morning with all the news, sport, travel and weather in the Channel Islands.

    I've heard that BBC Channel Islands News is the place to go for all your latest headlines, and you can catch it at 18:30 on BBC One.

  2. Footage of woman who drowned shown at death inquest

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Mobile phone footage of the moment Joy Godfray and her friend got into difficulty before she died in very rough seas was shown at the inquest into her death.

    Footage shot by a holidaymaker shows Austin Marsh scrambling up some steps, with Ms Godfray trying but failing in her attempts to follow.

    Eyewitnesses watched as the pair soon got into difficulties in the huge waves.

    The inquest heard from one witness who'd tried to throw a life ring to her. 

    Ms Godfray was swept around the coast and eventually picked up by lifeboat crews in what were described as atrocious and dangerous conditions.

    The Deputy Viscount Mark Harris, who presided over the Inquest, praised the efforts of the public, Mr Marsh and the emergency services in trying to rescue her.

  3. Local people need to 'make themselves heard' over Trump's policies

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    A former deputy says it's important that people in Guernsey who disagree with US President Donald Trump's domestic and international policies make their voices heard.

    A number of locals intend to hold a protest in Guernsey later this month and Peter Sherbourne is their spokesman.

    He says international trade and travel have made overseas issues pertinent to Guernsey people.

    Donald Trump
  4. States to auction off old assets...

    Penny Elderfield

    Reporter, BBC Channel Islands News

    If you're looking for a bargain, head down to Longue Hougue in Guernsey...

    States Works are selling a number of large and unusual items in a sealed bid auction.

    This road roller is 7.5 tonnes, 30 years old and has a diesel engine...

    The trucks for sale

    Perfect for your morning commute.

    Or perhaps you're a farmer and would prefer a sludge tank. 

    Eight of these are being auctioned off, each one stainless steel with an 800 gallon capacity... 

    The trucks for sale
  5. Win for Heather Watson helps GB take a Fed Cup win over Portugal

    BBC Sport

    After a big victory for Guernsey's Heather Watson, Great Britain have made a winning start to their Fed Cup campaign.

    Britain has an unassailable 2-0 lead in the first Group C match against Portugal.

    They go on to face Latvia on Thursday and Turkey on Friday, with the group winners earning a play-off against the Group B winners on Saturday.  

    Heather Watson

    Watson, the world number 72, began with a 57-minute 6-1 6-1 win over Ines Murta, ranked 546th. 

    World number 10 Konta then saw off 246th-ranked Michelle Larcher de Brito 6-2 6-4 to clinch the tie. Jocelyn Rae and Laura Robson will play De Brito and Murta in the concluding doubles match.

  6. Scrutiny to look into States-owned companies after JT charges

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    A Jersey scrutiny panel will review how well States-owned companies are serving the needs of the island.

    The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) is reviewing businesses such as JT and the Jersey Electricity Company, amid controversy over JT's decision to put extra charges for those people requesting paper bills.

    The PAC Chairman, Deputy Andrew Lewis, says companies which are wholly or partly owned by the States should be profiting the island - but not by imposing unnecessary costs on bill payers.

    Deputy Andrew Lewis
  7. Police protect 80 facing threats of death or harm

    Jersey Evening Post

    Eighty people – including politicians, judges and lawyers – have been placed under protection by the States police following threats to kill or harm them during the last five years.

  8. Alderney welcomes new air routes 'wholeheartedly'

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Alderney's Chamber of Commerce has welcomed the opening of new air routes to Jersey and Cherbourg.

    Many residents in Alderney are frustrated by reliability and cost of transport links, and the direct routes from a new company, Air Alderney, have been met with enthusiasm.

    Quote Message: This is a strong initiative which the Chamber of Commerce Transport Team are delighted to be associated with from the very beginning. New scheduled routes will stimulate growth by rebuilding passenger traffic numbers and supporting business development, tourism and individuals without detracting from the current passenger base." from Alderney's Chamber of Commerce
    Alderney's Chamber of Commerce
    Alderney runway
  9. Supermarkets aim to partner charities to cut food waste

    Guernsey Press

    Local supermarkets want to work with charities as they look to cut food waste further.

  10. Unemployment drops by 15% in Guernsey

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Unemployment in Guernsey has gone down by more than 15% over the last year.  

    Latest figures show 371 registered unemployed at the end of January compared with 440 at the same time last year.

    The bar graph below is probably quite hard to make out, but as you would probably guess, the last 12 bars are the last 12 months.

    No prizes for guessing that one...

    Unemployment graph

    In Alderney, eight people were registered as unemployed at the end of last month.  

  11. Sites of Special Significance to be 'managed appropriately'

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey's Development and Planning Authority will issue guidance in the coming years to ensure Sites of Special Significance are managed appropriately.

    Nine sites were identified within the Island Development Plan, approved by deputies last November.

    South coast cliffs

    These include the cliffs on the south coast, Fort Hommet headland, Vazon Coast, and L'Ancresse Common.

    All the sites are well used and the aim of the guidance will be to help understand how to avoid any damage to them.

  12. Manx round pound coins to remain 'legal tender'

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    The Isle of Man's Treasury has announced that their round pound coins have been "saved from extinction"

    The United Kingdom's new 12-sided £1 coins - designed to tackle forgers - will enter circulation on 28 March. The old, round coins will cease to be legal tender in the UK from 15 October. 

    Isle of Man coin next to the new £1 coin

    The Manx government said their own coins will remain legal tender in the island, but so far we've had no response from either the Jersey or Guernsey governments over whether that will be the case in the Channel Islands as well.

    Either way, after 15 October the only place you'll be able to spend a round £1 coin will be in the Crown dependencies... somewhere.

  13. Analysis: Women's Muratti called off as Guernsey pull out

    Tim Pryor

    BBC Sport

    The decision to call off the 2017 women's Muratti is a real blow for women's sport in the Channel Islands.

    Jersey and Guernsey captains shake hands

    Jersey have beaten their rivals Guernsey on 14 of the last 15 occasions, and as women's football in one island has thrived it has run into difficulties in the other.

    Jersey won the 2015 Island Games tournament on home soil and won the 2016 Muratti by a record-breaking 9-0 scoreline, while Guernsey scrapped their women's league and won't send a squad to the 2017 Games in Gotland.

    The Guernsey Football Association seemingly couldn't convince the Ormer FC Ladies players, who are affiliated to the Hampshire FA, to register with them as well and that leaves the Greens short for the Muratti.

  14. Prolific paedophile admitted abusing nine children

    BBC News Channel

    A prolific paedophile has been jailed for life with a minimum tariff of 16 years for 45 sex offences against young boys in England and Thailand.

    Retired English teacher Mark Frost, 70 - a former Guernsey resident - was sentenced at the Old Bailey.

    He previously admitted abusing nine children in Thailand between 2009 and 2012.

    He had pleaded guilty to all of the charges and six of those related to abuse of two pupils at a Worcestershire school during the 1980s and 1990s.

  15. JT bills charge announcement a 'PR disaster'

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Plans by JT to charge people who don't pay their bills by direct debit have been described as a PR disaster by a local politician.

    Deputy Andrew Lewis, Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, says the company should have taken far more care over how it introduced the charge.

    Mobile phone

    There has been a lot of public concern over the change to bills, but JT says it will offer some help.

    Deputy Lewis says his committee will be looking at all States-owned companies and how they treat the public - in the light of the outcry over JT's attempt to bring in more money.

  16. Frost will serve minimum of 16 years, but full extent of crimes may not be known

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    A paedophile and former Guernsey resident has been jailed for life after admitting 45 sex offences against children in Britain and abroad.

    Retired English teacher Mark Frost, formerly known as Andrew Tracey, 70, will serve at least 16 years in prison.

    Mark Frost

    There are fears that the full extent of his crimes could be far worse than currently known.

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

  17. Mystery man needed for asbestos enquiries

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Jersey's Environment Department wants to hear back from a man who called them about how nine bags of asbestos came to be dumped on a St Saviour farm.  

    The authorities are trying to find the culprits who dumped the dangerous waste at Maufant at the end of last year - which cost £5,000 to clear up.

    Spokesman Dave Monks says there was a good public response to an appeal for help but he'd especially like this man to call back.

    Asbestos site
  18. BreakingFormer Guernsey resident jailed for life after 45 sex crimes

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Former Guernsey resident and retired English teacher Mark Frost, 70, has been jailed at the Old Bailey for life with a minimum term of 16 years after admitting 45 sex offences against young boys in England and Thailand.