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Summary

  1. Cat Stevens song lead to stabbing, court hears
  2. Men's death sentences upheld in Thailand backpacker murders appeal
  3. Busy night for Guernsey police after three crashes
  4. Mobile phone use while driving in Jersey 'up by 18%'
  5. Fresh Guernsey conduct panel to look into disability claims
  6. Updates on Wednesday 1 March 2017

Live Reporting

By Ryan Morrison

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

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

    Don't forget the Channel Islands News on BBC One later. There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

  2. Weather in the Channel Islands

    BBC Weather

    It's going to be windy old evening in the Channel Islands tonight.

    The Jersey Met Office has issued an imminent gale warning, with force eight winds expected overnight.

    Guernsey

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  3. Thailand deaths: Miller family feels 'utter sadness' every day

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    The family of murdered Jersey man David Miller have said they still feel "utter sadness" every day.

    A guilty verdict handed down to two Burmese men - Zaw Lin and Wai Phyo - has been upheld , meaning they still face the death sentence.

    Mr Miller's family attended much of the trial in Thailand, with the assistance of family friends as translators.

    After the Burmese pair's appeal failed, the Millers said they had been reflecting on the death of their son in September 2014. He and his friend, Hannah Witheridge, were found dead on the beach at Koh Tao.

    The family said: "We have lost our son, David, forever and the Witheridge family will have been similarly devastated by this crime. There is not a day that goes by in our home without pain, feelings of loss and utter sadness.

    "We are proud of our son and what he achieved in his short life. We miss him terribly, and miss his hugs, beaming smiles and infectious enthusiasm. His life was cruelly destroyed."

  4. Referendum move 'could derail reform of States'

    Jersey Evening Post

    Imposing a 40 per cent turnout for a potential States reform referendum would set it up to fail , waste £30,000 and could also block any much-needed changes, a politician has said.

  5. New director appointed to Channel Islands Securities Exchange

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    A new director has been appointed to the board of the Guernsey-based Channel Islands Securities Exchange.

    Anderson Whamond (pictured) is based in the Isle of Man, where a subsidiary office of the exchange will open in a week's time.

    Anderson Whamond

    Mr Whamond has more than 30 years' experience in banking and finance, and will replace Stephen Lansdown. Mr Lansdown is due to step down from the board at the AGM in June.

    The exchange said Mr Whamond's appointment would help it develop its business in the Isle of Man, when an office opened there on 9 March.

    From 6 March, the company will be renamed as the International Stock Exchange.

    Its chief executive said this would better reflect its ambition to attract investors from around the globe.

  6. Jersey sees seventh sunniest winter on record

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    You'd imagine the stats for Jersey would be fairly similar to Guernsey, but there are a few anomalies in it.

    Jersey had significantly more sunshine than Guernsey over the winter period, but they also had more rain, and it was slightly colder...

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  7. Jersey War Tunnels to focus on younger audiences

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Jersey War Tunnels has been reopened for the season after being closed for refurbishment for three months.

    New to the tunnels is a revamp of the "Whispers and Lies" exhibit, which looks at the stories of informants, fraternisers and sympathisers on the island.

    
          A school child looking at the "Whispers and Lies" exhibit
    Image caption: Visitors can read fictitious scenarios in order to decide whether they would have been an "informer" during the occupation.

    The revamp is the latest to be revealed since the controversial Jersey Escape Tunnel game,  which was called "inappropriate and insensitive"  by the Island's Holocaust Memorial Committee.

    Kathy Bechelet, operations manager at Jersey War Tunnels, said: "We're not here to upset anyone" but said the attraction "had to diversify".

    "Tourism, luckily, is on the up. But there are some seasons you have to think: 'What can I do to attract more young visitors?'."

  8. Proving mobile phone use while driving 'not always easy'

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Police in Jersey are trying hard to catch people who use their mobiles while driving, but getting proof isn't always easy, Chief Inspector Chris Beechy says.

    Quote Message: We have CCTV cameras across the town centre, and sometimes information that we receive over social media networks. We have identified drivers using mobile phones when they communicate with each other in that particular way. So there are a number of ways, but we have to have the evidence to present before either a parish hall inquiry or court of law in order to prove the offence." from Chief Insp Chris Beechy Jersey Police
    Chief Insp Chris BeechyJersey Police
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  9. Lawyers of Burmese killers could still appeal to Thailand Supreme Court

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Two men found guilty of killing Jersey man David Miller in Thailand have lost their appeal against their death sentences .

    Despite worldwide calls for a re-examination of the evidence, Zaw Lin and Wai Pyo will be executed unless the country's Supreme Court overturns this sentence.

    David Miller and his friend, Hannah Witheridge, were found dead on the beach at Koh Tao in 2014. Both had been violently killed.

    
          The bodies of David Miller and Hannah Witheridge were found on a beach in Koh Tao

    Two Burmese men were arrested - and appeared to confess - but later said they had made their statements under torture.

    After being sentenced to death, their lawyers enlisted the support of human rights activist and Burmese leader Aung Sang Syu Kiy, who called for the DNA evidence to be reviewed. But an appeals court rejected the appeal and upheld the death sentence.

    Unless the Supreme Court disagrees, the men will be executed for the crime. However, under Thai law, they could be allowed to ask the King to commute the sentence to life in prison.

  10. Online petitions could force States debate in future

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Jersey could bring in an online petition scheme like the UK, which would force debates in the States Assembly if enough people sign them.

    The proposal's been lodged by Deputy Scott Wickenden - Jersey's assistant chief minister for e-government.

    He said online petitions would make islanders' voices heard in the States Assembly, but also said there would be safeguards to stop silly petitions getting through.

    States of Jersey
  11. Island to start sending its glass to UK to be crushed

    Guernsey Press

    Glass recycling will be exported to the UK in the future as the States’ existing glass crusher nears the end of its lifespan.

  12. Co-founder of CISE to step down from the board

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Stephen Lansdown is stepping down from the board of the Channel Islands Securities Exchange in June.

    Mr Lansdown is the co-founder and former chairman of Hargreaves Lansdown, as well as the owner of Bristol City Football Club.

    He said he wanted to focus on his other "significant business interests".

    Appointed as a non-executive director of the old Channel Islands Stock Exchange (CISX) in 2013, he oversaw a major restructuring, and became a founder of the subsequent CISE.

    Quote Message: The CISX was not in a great place at all when Jon and I joined its board, so, while the restructure period was difficult, it was also necessary so that we could move the business forward. Since the formation of the CISE, we have made a number of major changes and passed some significant milestones. As an active shareholder, I will continue to take a keen interest in the business but now I can step away safe in the knowledge that the company is in very capable hands and ready for the next exciting phase of its development.” from Steve Lansdown Co-founder, CISE
    Steve LansdownCo-founder, CISE
    Steve Lansdown
  13. Family of murdered Jersey man says 'justice has been done'

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    The family of Jersey man David Miller, who was murdered in Thailand, have said they are confident the right men have been found guilty.

    An appeal court in Thailand has upheld  the guilty verdicts  against two Burmese men - who have been sentenced to death - for the murders of two British tourists in 2014.  

    The Miller family said that, although they believed that the right people had been convicted, they hoped Thai authorities would "show lenience" in relation to the death sentence.

    David Miller
    Quote Message: We have always said that we did not want innocent men sentenced, nor guilty parties acquitted on a technicality. In the end, we believe that the evidence is overwhelming and we feel that justice has been done." from Miller family
    Miller family

    Zaw Lin and Wai Phyo were convicted of the murders of Hannah Witheridge, 23, from Hemsby near Great Yarmouth, and David Miller, 24, of Jersey, in December 2015.

    The controversial investigation was marred by questions over the quality of the DNA testing on which the conviction was based. 

    Lawyers for the two men can now appeal to the Supreme Court.

  14. Fraudster banned from finance industry

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A 24-year-old Jersey man has been banned from working in the finance industry.

    Carl Lewis Maton will need the permission of the Jersey Financial Services Commission if he ever wants to work in finance.

    In August he was sentenced to community service for eight frauds while he worked at HSBC.

    In a statement, the commission said the ban was in the interest of reducing the risk to the public of financial loss, and protecting Jersey's commercial reputation.

  15. Poultry restrictions remain in place despite 'low bird flu risk'

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Restrictions on poultry in Jersey are being kept in place, although the States Vet says the risk of bird flu in the island is still low.

    Chicken farmers are being advised to keep their livestock indoors to stop them coming into contact with wild birds.

    Chickens

    Bird shows are not banned but organisers are being advised not to hold such events.

    The measures will remain in place until at least the end of April.

    Members of the public are also being urged to help detect the avian flu virus by reporting any dead wildfowl, gulls or birds of prey, to the States Vet at Howard Davis Farm.

  16. Tributes to skier who died in the French Alps

    Jersey Evening Post

    Friends of a Jersey man who died following a skiing accident in France have paid tribute to a ‘kind, caring and generous man’ who will be missed by all who knew him.

  17. Anyone caught using their mobile while driving 'could lose their licence'

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Jersey police say they will prosecute anyone they catch using their phone while driving - and offenders could lose their licenses.

    Officers are cracking down on drivers who use their phones as part of a week long initiative to prevent accidents.

    Chief Inspector Chris Beechey says they can use CCTV footage as well as evidence from the public to catch anyone breaking the law.

    Legal officials say repeat offenders could have their license endorsed - or even taken away.

  18. Bad weather is set to return after storms batter west coast

    Guernsey Press

    States Works was kept busy clearing up after spectacular waves left debris strewn the west coast.