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Summary

  1. Jersey murder probe continues
  2. --- Suspect released on bail
  3. --- Woman found dead in property named as Ana Maria Pereira De Sousa Rebelo, 51
  4. --- A post-mortem revealed the victim was strangled
  5. Man jailed for eight-and-a-half years for indecent images of children
  6. Murder trial 'hope' for family of Sarah Groves on fourth anniversary of her death
  7. Use of Jersey flag by Spanish politicians 'tacky'
  8. Runway extension in Alderney 'not viable'
  9. Updates on Thursday 6 April 2017

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    That's all from us for today. We'll be back with all the latest news, weather, travel and sport on Thursday from 08:00.

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    There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

  2. Doctors warn of increase in risk of bowel cancer for over 50s

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Doctors at Jersey General Hospital have warned islanders of the increased risk people of 50 face from bowel cancer.

    Dr David Ng said: "There is an increase in people under the age of 50 being affected by bowel cancer, and the lifetime risk of cancer is that it affects one in 15 men and one in 17 women.

    "It is the fourth most common cancer. Bowel cancer can occur in younger people, but eight out of 10 people who get cancer of the bowel are over the age of 60."

    Jersey General Hospital

    He added: "There is absolutely no need for anyone who is worried about a change in their bowel habits to be worried about seeing their GP.

    "Your GP will not be embarrassed and neither should you be."

    The States of Jersey offers free bowel cancer tests to people from the age of 60.

  3. Indecent images case: 15 year sentence 'to protect society'

    Emma Chambers

    BBC Channel Islands News

    A man has been sentenced to eight and a half years in prison by Jersey's Royal Court. 

    Karn Damien Laffoley, 42, from Jersey, pleaded guilty to making, possessing and distributing indecent images of children as well as breaching restrictions previously set on him.

    He had been on the sex offender registrar since 2009 prior to the verdict.

    His latest offence involves 434 images, 19 of the level 4 category, which is the second most severe.

    On passing sentence Jersey's Bailiff William Bailhache said: "It's for the protection of society and for yourself."

  4. Gibraltar Brexit issues are no threat to Jersey

    Jersey Evening Post

    Jersey will not face similar issues to Gibraltar during Brexit due to its different relationship with the UK compared to the Mediterranean territory, a spokesman for the External Relations Department has said.

  5. A look at the weather for this evening and tomorrow

    BBC Weather

    It will be a clear and chilly night across much of Jersey, leading to a touch of frost and the odd patch of mist or fog in some places by dawn.

    weather

    Friday looks set to be another dry and bright day with some good spells of sunshine for all. Maximum Temperature: 15C (59F).

  6. Police urge people who saw murdered woman to come forward

    Jersey police are urging islanders who saw Ana Maria Pereira De Sousa Rebelo in the days before her body was found to come forward.

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  7. Jersey boss Martin Cassidy 'proud' of side despite Leicester U23 defeat

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Jersey boss Martin Cassidy says he is "really proud" of his side despite their 3-0 friendly defeat by Leicester Under-23s at Springfield on Wednesday.

    Martin Cassidy

    "Some of our football was really good and really brave, especially through the middle of the park," Cassidy said.

    "I'm so proud of the performance and attitude - they gave it everything."

  8. Chief Minister's Office responds to proposed reforms

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    The Office of the Chief Minister of Jersey has responded to recent reforms proposed by a senator.

    States sign

    The reforms restrict any one person serving, or acting as chief minister for more than two terms. 

    The proposals are similar to the rules used in republican systems of government such as France and America.

    The Office of the Chief Minister has said there is "no need" for a term limit as the Queen is the head of state.

    Quote Message: It is for the assembly to elect a chief minister, and States members can make their own decisions about whether someone should be re-elected more than once. Once elected, all chief ministers must maintain the confidence of the assembly and can be removed by States members at any point if that confidence is lost." from Chief Minister's Office, States of Jersey
    Chief Minister's Office, States of Jersey
  9. Defective tumble dryer fixes ongoing in Guernsey

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Islanders with faulty tumble dryers are being offered an "alternative option", Guernsey Electricity said. 

    Guernsey Electricity recently wrote to tumble dryer manufacturer Whirlpool to urge them to do more to resolve the ongoing issue with some models.

    A safety defect was identified in November 2015 and since then Whirlpool has been dealing with an estimated 3.8 million potentially faulty machines across the UK, including thousands in the Channel Islands.

    Quote Message: The modification programme is continuing at a rapid pace, and Whirlpool has confirmed that they will continue to have have two engineers in the island working with Valpy’s to deal with the list of machines needing modification. They anticipate completing that list by the end of May." from Malcolm Woodhams Guernsey Electricity retail manager
    Malcolm Woodhams Guernsey Electricity retail manager
  10. Indecent images sentencing: Laffoley a 'predator'

    Emma Chambers

    BBC Channel Islands News

    Police have described a man sentenced today in Jersey's Royal Court as a "predator".

    Karn Laffoley, 42-year-old, was sentenced to eight-and-a-half years in prison after he plead guilty to multiple counts of distributing images of children being sexually abused, and breaking restraining orders.

    Karn Laffoley

    Laffoley had been in and out of jail in the UK and Jersey over the past eight years for making and distributing indecent images of children.

    One of the victims, a nine-year-old girl, was abused after Laffoley contacted her mother on a online dating website.

    The mother then began sending indecent images and movies of her daughter to him.

    Police described Leffoley as "a predator, grooming a woman in order to obtain images of an innocent child. His behaviour is nothing short of abhorrent".

  11. Doctors encourage people to check for bowel cancer

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Doctors at Jersey General Hospital are encouraging islanders to see their GP if they notice "any change in their bowel habits".

    Dr David Ng said there is "no need" for anyone to worry about seeing their GP, "Your GP will not be embarrassed and neither should you be.

    "We just want people to get the treatment and reassurance they need, when they need it."

    Jersey general hospital

    The message comes as part of a campaign over April to raise awareness of the risks of bowel cancer.

    A States of Jersey spokesman said: "Around 20 people die in Jersey every year from bowel cancer."

  12. Sarah Groves' parents have 'more confidence' in new prosecutor

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The parents of Guernsey woman Sarah Groves, who was killed in Kashmir, have said they have "more confidence" in the public prosecutor representing their daughter in her murder trial.

    Today is the fourth anniversary of her death.

    The 24-year-old was stabbed to death on a houseboat in April 2013.

    Sarah's father Vic Groves said he was hopeful the new prosecutor would be able to speed up the trial of the man accused of her murder.

    Dutch national Richard De Witt was charged with her murder but he denies killing her.

    Quote Message: He actually communicates more readily with the British High Commission in Delhi, and after each trial he does open up to them much more than he opens up to us, I can understand why. I have much more confidence in him than the previous guy." from Vic Groves Father, Sarah Groves
    Vic GrovesFather, Sarah Groves
    Vic Groves
  13. High grass yield 'good for farmers'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A Jersey Farmer says a mild winter and less rain at the beginning of the year has meant more grass than usual.

    It is a bonus for Jersey farmers as lush fields mean they don't have to buy as much food for their herds.

    Andrew Le Gallais, who farms in St Saviour, said the good conditions are also good for dairy farmers, as the grass his cattle are grazing on will be more nutritious.

    Cow
  14. Planning permission refused for Vinery site

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    There's doubt over the suitability of one of two Guernsey sites earmarked for so-called "Fred in the shed" businesses.

    Planners have refused to recommend plans to develop the privately owned Pulias Vinery, opposite the Pond near the Ronez Quarry.

    The members of the States Development and Planning Authority said they were concerned about its visibility from the coast road.

  15. Senator proposes reforms to Jersey chief minister's term of office

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    States Assembly entrance

    A senator has proposed significant reforms to the length of service of Jersey's chief minister.

    Senator Sarah Ferguson submitted the proposals today, to be debated on the 23 May. 

    The reforms include:

    • No person being able to be elected to the office of chief minister more than twice
    • No person who has been elected or has acted as chief minister in a term may be elected to the office more than once
  16. Health and Social Care in Guernsey 'will not review children's services'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Guernsey's Scrutiny Management Committee is considering commissioning an independent review of children's services.

    The head of the committee said it was made clear from Deputy Heidi Soulsby that a review would not be forthcoming.

    Quote Message: I was specific about saying it should be an independent review of children's services that can look at individual case files but I think it was quite clear that Deputy Soulsby would not be commissioning such an independent review at this time, her view was that the system has been improving. from Deputy Chris Green Scrutiny Management President, States of Guernsey
    Deputy Chris Green Scrutiny Management President, States of Guernsey
  17. Guernsey welcomes Sir Oliver Heald MP

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Guernsey's chief minister said he was "delighted" to welcome Sir Oliver Heald MP to the island. 

    The UK minister had previously said he was "very disappointed" to have to defer his visit to Alderney, due to mechanical problems with his flight from Southampton to the island.

    He has served as minister of state at the Ministry of Justice with responsibility for the Crown dependencies since 2016.

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  18. Jersey murder probe: What we know so far...

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Police in Jersey are investigating the death of Ana Maria Pereira De Sousa Rebelo in St Helier. Here's what we know so far:

    • Her body was found in a property in Victoria Street on Tuesday morning after police and an ambulance were called
    • Police are treating her death as suspicious
    • A 58-year-old man was arrested at 14:50 on Tuesday on suspicion of murder. He has since been released on bail
    • Detectives are operating a major incident room at police headquarters and say they are interviewing key witnesses 
    • Crime scene investigators have been carrying out a forensic examination at the address. Forensic work is likely to continue at the scene for some time 
    • A UK Home Office pathologist travelled to Jersey on Wednesday to carry out the post-mortem examination
    • Specialist liaison police officers have been appointed to support the victim's family
    • Officers have told the BBC there is "no issue of public safety"
    • Police say Ms Rebelo, 51, died as a result of being strangled
    Police
  19. Breaking Man jailed for eight-and-a-half years for indecent images of children

    Emma Chambers

    BBC Channel Islands News

    A man has been jailed for eight-and-a-half years by Jersey’s Royal Court.   

    Karn Damien Laffoley, 42, from the island, pleaded guilty to multiple offences involving making, possessing and distributing indecent images of children, as well as breaching restrictions previously set on him. 

    Laffoley is already on the sex offenders' register and has served time in jail in the UK and Jersey for previous sex offences. 

    Karn Damien Laffoley