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Summary

  1. Staff in London representing the States of Guernsey and Jersey all reported to be safe
  2. Pleinmont body identified as Patrick Eker
  3. Island-wide voting 'risks election disaster' according to Guernsey's most senior politician
  4. Third international finance centre building approved
  5. Charity shop where Valerie Jehan worked to close for her funeral
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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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.

Half of people treated 'within 30 minutes' at Jersey Hospital A&E

Chris Rayner

BBC Radio Jersey political reporter

Nearly half of people who went to the Emergency Department at Jersey's General hospital last year were treated within half an hour. 

The hospital doesn't have targets for when people are seen but makes an early assessment of patients on average within ten minutes.

Patients are seen in order based on the urgency of their condition. On the whole that happens within ten minutes of arriving but treatment takes a little longer. 

In nearly half the cases, treatment starts within half an hour, although the average waiting time is fifty minutes. 

The figures were revealed in a Freedom of Information request measuring performance last year. 

Jersey General Hospital
BBC

For those needing non-urgent operations, the average wait is 65 days although last year some waited six months. 

The hospital says it aims to see those referred with suspected cancer within four weeks, but usually sees them sooner. 

Staff at Jersey's London office safe after Westminster attack

BBC Radio Jersey

A spokesperson for the States of Jersey has confirmed staff at their London office in Westminster are all safe,  but have been asked by police to "stay indoors".  

The Department for Education also confirmed "there are no Jersey school trips to London at the moment".

States of Guernsey staff in London 'fine'

BBC Radio Guernsey

The States of Guernsey Policy & Resources committee has confirmed that their staff in London are safe after the attack on Westminster.

"On any given day we may have members of staff in London supporting Guernsey’s interests across a wide range of areas. We can confirm that those in London today are fine," a spokesperson said.

The Metropolitan Police are treating the attack as a " terrorist incident ".

Chief Minister for Jersey reacts to Westminster attack

BBC Channel Islands News

The Chief Minister for Jersey said his "thoughts are with all those caught up in the attack" in the ongoing incident at Westminster , thought to be a terrorist attack.

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Gavin St Pier tweets support for people in Westminster

Oscar Pearson

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's most senior politician, Deputy Gavin St Pier, has tweeted that he's thinking of those caught up in the incident in Westminster. 

Deputy St Pier says he "recognises the vital role" played by the emergency services "at times like this".  

Guernsey's Committee for Education, Sport & Culture has confirmed none of the Bailiwick's state schools are on trips to London at the moment.

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Island-wide voting rederendum details could be decided by June

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey politicians could decide the final details of a referendum on Island-wide voting this June. 

Matt Fallaize
BBC

Deputy Matt Fallaize will present the plans to the assembly with a number of options on how people are elected from 2020, ranging from the current district-based system to the option of electing all 38 Deputies in a single poll on one day. 

Deputy Fallaize believes there needs to be a clear direction from the Referendum result.

Vinery work could start straight away after planning decision

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Work could start soon to develop one of the sites identified as a future base for businesses currently located at the Fontaine Vinery. 

Planners this morning approved a change of use for the Extension Vineries on Route Militaire.

The derelict greenhouses on the site will be cleared, and new screening and acoustic fencing installed to try and minimise the impact on neighbours. 

Advocate James Le Gallez, who represented the vinery owners, isn't anticipating work starting straight away.

Ben the hungry goat has plenty to teach the kids

Jersey Evening Post

A goat popped into St Peter’s School yesterday to show children a novel way of getting the garden weeded.

The latest weather: Some bright parts with scattered showers

BBC Weather

Bright spells for some this afternoon, but with the chance of scattered heavy showers and perhaps thunder with hail.

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Body confirmed as that of Patrick St Clair Eker

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

The body of a man found in the water off Pleinmont Point, Guernsey on Sunday has been formally identified as 49-year-old Patrick St Clair Eker.

A post-mortem has been carried out and police are not treating the death as suspicious.  

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An inquest into the death will be carried out at a later date. 

The States of Guernsey Police, air search and a lifeboat were all involved in the search on Sunday morning, after he was last seen in St Sampson on Saturday night. 

Mr Eker's body was spotted by observers on the shore just under the car park where his vehicle was located.

People in Jersey to make 5,000 wool poppies

Ashlea Tracey

BBC Radio Jersey

It's hoped 5,000 wool poppies will be handmade by islanders to decorate the fountain in the Central Market in November. 

Poppies
BBC

Busy hands have already started knitting and crocheting for the project, which will raise money for the Royal British Legion. 

The Market Inspector Simone Glendewar says it should be a fitting tribute on Remembrance Sunday. 

Grammar School International Baccalaureate students’ visual arts exhibition

Guernsey Press

Grammar school students who are taking the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme have put on an exhibition of visual arts.

New crisis cafe for people with mental health concerns

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

There are plans for a pilot scheme which would support police and ambulance staff in Jersey respond to mental health concerns out of hours. 

The new street triage service would work alongside a new out of hours crisis café. 

A tender is out to run the new facility.

Inquest into ski accident death to take place today

Chris Rayner

BBC Radio Jersey political reporter

An inquest into the death of an islander who died in a skiing accident on holiday with his family in France will take place today in Jersey. 

Fifty-nine-year-old Mark John Le Sueur, known to many as Frank, was skiing near Val d'Isere in February when the accident happened. 

Alps
AFP

Mr Le Sueur was the son of John Le Sueur, the late constable of St John. 

The inquest starts at 14:30 this afternoon.

Third international finance centre building approved

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The third of six buildings planned for the new finance centre in St Helier has been approved by the planning committee.

Building six
Jersey Development Company

The development, by government-owned Jersey Development Company is on the Esplanade parking area. The first building is almost finished and work has already started on the second building.

The third building, will be a five-storey office development on the south-east side of the site and will include underground parking and an eating area.

The Jersey Development Company says it will take two years to complete the development which will also include a restaurant on the ground floor.

Youth Assembly debates idea of taking 400 Syrian refugees

Jersey Evening Post

Students from five secondary schools and University College Jersey were in the States Chamber yesterday debating whether the Island should accommodate 400 Syrian refugees over five years .  

Island-wide voting arguments 'roughly balanced'

BBC Radio Guernsey

The arguments for and against introducing island-wide voting in Guernsey "are roughly balanced" according to Deputy Matt Fallaize, President of the States Assembly and Constitution Committee.

Deputy Matt Fallaize
BBC

The committee is drafting proposals for a referendum on the issue that should be ready for a States vote within the next two months.

He said there would be multiple options on the ballot paper ranging from keeping things as they are now with deputies elected in districts, through to full island-wide voting with all deputies elected by everyone in the island.

Deputy Fallaize said there were issues with island-wide voting, especially around people not using all 38 votes. He said there were benefits including giving everyone a chance to vote for the whole of the assembly, not just the few elected in their district.

He said there may be a minimum turnout threshold on the referendum but would expect the States to be bound by the result if that threshold is met.

First Mitch Couriard Award goes to Duke of Edinburgh leader

Jersey Evening Post

The first annual award of a plaque in memory of an Islander who dedicated much of his life to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme was presented this week .  

Care home extension approved by planning authority

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Plans to extend Le Platon Residential Home in St Peter Port have been approved at an open planning meeting this morning, despite concerns from neighbours. 

The Development and Planning Authority agreed to double the capacity of the home's Clifton site to include 49 bedrooms. 

Neighbours had earlier spoke about their concerns about traffic congestion and lengthy building work.