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Summary

  1. Case of five men accused of rape goes to Royal Court
  2. Toxic chemical traces found in Jersey drinking water
  3. Person hit by car on pedestrian crossing
  4. Public will be asked for assisted dying views
  5. Updates from Tuesday 19 February

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  1. CI weather: Staying dry with bright spells

    BBC Weather

    Partly cloudy and dry through Tuesday evening and overnight. Staying dry though, with the light south to southwest wind persisting.

    Minimum temperature: 4 to 7C (39 to 45F).

    A dry and partly cloudy start to Wednesday is anticipated, with some early bright spells. Through the day cloud will continue to come and go, with further bright or sunny spells at times. Light southerly winds.

    Maximum temperature: 7 to 10C (45 to 50F).

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  2. Fees to renew Guernsey driving licences increasing

    Stephanie Gabbatt

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    It will cost more to renew driving licences in Guernsey from next month.

    The States has announced an increase in certain fees for licences, vehicle registrations and exchange of registration marks.

    From 1 March, it will cost £50 to renew a driving licence, up £2. A duplicate licence will cost £28.50 in the future, £1.50 more than at the moment.

    The fees are going up along with the rate of inflation, according to the States.

    Fees were last increased on 1 January 2017 and the increases reflected the change in RPIX - the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments - during that period, the States said.

  3. Work on French Harbour boardwalk complete

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A walking and cycling route now runs from St Aubin to Havre des Pas after the completion of work on the French Harbour boardwalk.

    The boardwalk’s construction has been part of a project to link the promenades so that pedestrians, cyclists and mobility scooter users can travel between the west and east of the island on the harbourside.

    The work started in October and involved "several complex stages", including removing contaminated soil, the stabilising of part of the harbour wall and building foundations below sea level, the government said.

    The contractor, Brenwal said it was a "unique and challenging" and it is "proud to have created a structure that improves safety for walking and cycling, and which is something that both locals and tourists can enjoy".

  4. Disc cutter stolen from St Saviour

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Police are investigating the theft of a petrol disc cutter in St Saviour.

    It was taken from the area of Rue De La Bataille on Saturday.

    Anyone with information about the lost cutter - similar to the one pictured - is asked to contact Guernsey Police on 01481 725 111.

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  5. March deadline for nursery school applications

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Parents wanting their children to start nursery school this September have until Friday 1 March to apply.

    Parents can request up to three schools, but only need to complete one application and hand it in to their first choice school.

    Places were not allocated by catchment area, education bosses said, but they added they would consider the needs of children - including medical conditions, disability or emotional needs, and children with brothers and sisters at the school.

    Schools will offer places in early March.

  6. Campaign group welcomes assisted dying decision

    BBC Radio Jersey

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    Dignity in dying has welcomed a decision by Jersey's government to consider assisted dying.

    Yesterday, Jersey States announced it would look at whether the island should allow people to take their own lives for medical reasons.

    The group campaigns for terminally ill, mentally competent adults to have the right to end their lives.

    Tom Davies from the group said: “It’s great news that the government of Jersey will be conducting research into this most vital of policy areas.

    "We know that dying people want choice at the end of life just as they have throughout their lives until that point.

    "For too long that choice has been narrowly-drawn, focusing on where someone dies, but not how or when. This is unfair," he added.

  7. Case of five men accused of rape goes to Royal Court

    BBC Radio Jersey

    The case of five men accused of raping a woman in Jersey will be heard in the Royal Court.

    The five are charged with raping the woman on 16 December in Trinity, where they all live.

    The men were all remanded in custody, after their advocates made no application for bail.

  8. Constable 'not against cannabis farm but knows some are'

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    The senior constable for the Vale says he does not object to the cannabis farm that has been given a licence on a site in his parish.

    Celebrated Ltd has been granted the first licence in Guernsey to cultivate low-THC cannabis at a site in Douit Lane.

    The company is due to begin growing the plants in the next few weeks.

    Its plans have included building a security fence topped with barbed wire, a security gate, security lights and motion sensors, processing and storage rooms.

    Constable Richard Leale said he understood why neighbours to the site would object.

    Guernsey cannabis farm site
    Quote Message: I personally don’t have an objection to it, but then I’m not going to have to live next to an 8ft-high fence, which is going to be unsightly." from Richard Leale Vale Constable
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    The company has not commented.

  9. Protection of vulnerable 'debated in end-of-life talks'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Protection for vulnerable people will be taken into account during a debate over whether people in Jersey should be allowed to take their own lives for medical reasons.

    Jersey States has announced it will research end-of-life choices and it would also have a public consultation.

    Health Minister Richard Renouf said it was recognised that it was a "sensitive issue"...

    Quote Message: We recognise it's a very complex and sensitive issue and nothing is going to change quickly. We don't want anyone to have any concerns about vulnerable people because all this will be fully researched before we even contemplate making any changes."

    In May, politicians in Guernsey voted against proposals which could have seen the island become the first place in the British Isles to allow assisted dying.

  10. Car comes off road and goes into garden

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    A car has come off a road in Guernsey and gone into a garden, traffic bosses say.

    The crash occurred overnight in La Ramee, St Peter Port. There were no reports of any serious injuries.

    Traffic and Highway Services said the vehicle was due to be removed from the private garden using a mobile crane on Tuesday, which would block the road for about 10 minutes sometime between 10:00 and 11:00.

    Motorists are being told to avoid the area during this time, with drivers also being reminded that Route des Coutanchez is closed for roadworks.

  11. Toxic chemical traces found in Jersey drinking water

    Josephine Baker

    BBC Radio Jersey, Reporter

    Traces of a toxic chemical found in water supplies of Jersey households 25 years ago has since been found in a number of homes in the same area.

    An investigation by Environmental Health into the cause of the contaminant PFOS - which is found in firefighting foam, carpet and clothing - is now under way.

    Twenty-five years ago water in homes near the airport was found to be contaminated with the chemical PFOS - contained in foam no longer used by Jersey's Airport Fire Service.

    About 15 homes were put on mains water and it was agreed all would get their water rates paid for as long as they lived there.

    Environmental Health says it's found low levels of the chemical in a number of homes in St Peter and it's writing to the residents of 50 homes close to the airport runway.

    It says it's investigating the source of the contamination and is checking if neighbouring boreholes are also affected.

    It's telling residents it is still safe to drink the tap water. A spokesman says people are not going to get ill as a result of these traces, as the amount found in their supply is a lot less than the maximum limit.

    A group has been set up to manage the issue, and a report will be completed by the end of April with findings along with recommendations.

  12. Public will be asked for assisted dying views

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    People in Jersey will be asked for their thoughts on assisted dying, the island's chief minister has said.

    Jersey States has announced it will research end-of-life choices before proceeding to a public consultation.

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    In May, politicians in Guernsey voted against proposals which could have seen the island become the first place in the British Isles to allow assisted dying.

    Jersey chief minister John Le Fondré said: "This is a sensitive and challenging subject, and we need to understand not only the ethical, legal and social consequences, but also any potential ramifications on our relationship with the UK.

    "Once we have a better understanding of the research already carried out by neighbouring jurisdictions, we will proceed to a public consultation on the options and their implications."

  13. Guernsey visitors decline by nearly a fifth in a decade

    John Fernandez

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    St Peter Port

    The number of visitors to Guernsey excluding cruise ship passengers and yachtsmen has fallen by almost a fifth in the last decade, latest figures show.

    Apart from a slight upturn in fortunes in 2014, there has been a steady decline in the number of visitors coming to Guernsey, with 280,475 last year.

    Guernsey's government has set a target of having 400,000 annual visitors by 2025.

    Hotelier Ian Walker said: "Other hotels that I'm talking to have suffered, or they are looking at forward bookings and they have a problem. This season doesn't look too good for a lot of them."

  14. Weather: A chilly start leading to a sunshine-filled day

    BBC Weather

    Bright and chilly at first, leading into a fine day with plenty of sunshine.

    Perhaps a little more in the way of cloud spilling in from the west through this afternoon though.

    Highs of 10C (50F).

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  15. Person hit by car on pedestrian crossing

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A person was knocked down while crossing a road in Guernsey, police have said.

    It happened at the pedestrian crossing at Guelles Road in La Vrangue, St Peter Port.

    Officers said the person was hit by a red car.

    Anyone who witnessed the incident on 8 February at about 11:45 is asked to contact Guernsey Police.