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IoM horse trams suspended for 10 days due to infection

Douglas Bay tram horses have caught a bug, temporarily suspending the service. Credit: ITV

Isle of Man Railways have temporarily ceased all horse tram operations for approximately 10 days.

The decision has been taken after a number of the tram horses were found to be experiencing a respiratory issue, which is a common, non-fatal infection.

Action to contain the infection and to manage the recovery of the affected horses will be taken in line with veterinary advice.

The infection cannot be passed to humans.

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North West drivers could face a 'toxin tax' of £20 a day for driving a diesel car

Drivers of some diesel vehicles in the north west are about to find out if they face paying a new tax of up to £20 a day.

It comes amid concern over air pollution.

The suggestion is that diesel vehicles, once promoted as having fewer emissions, are partly to blame.

A scheme to scrap your car altogether is also a possibility, although the government says we'll have to wait until Monday for details.

Sarah Rogers reports:

Canal boat festival

Credit: National Waterways Museum

A maritime tradition is returning to Ellesmere Port over the next few days. The Easter Boat Gathering is being held at the National Waterways Museum in the town. The festival will be the culmination of the museum's 40th anniversary celebrations. It also marks the start of the summer cruising season where many boats will set off to other parts of the canal network.

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Where is the best place to live in the NW?

This is one story that may cause some controversy - where is the best place to live in the North West? Well according to the Sunday Times its Knutsford in Cheshire.

Acacia Avenue, Knutsford Credit: pa

Judges on the panel used a wide range of criteria including jobs, exam results and broadband speed, community spirit and local shops and culture.

Perhaps in a move to keep the good people of our region happy, a number of other areas of the north west were also voted as among the best places to live in Britain. Here are some of them in no particular order.

  • CUMBRIA
  • LIVERPOOL
  • CLITHEROE
  • KENDAL
  • ANCOATS
  • LYMM
  • SADDLEWORTH
  • RAMSBOTTOM
  • WEST KIRBY
  • KIRBY LONSDALE
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