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Girl, seven, victim of suspected hit and run on Isle of Man

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Police on the Isle of Man are appealing for witnesses to a suspected hit and run involving a seven-year-old girl.

At around 6:55pm last night - Wednesday, March 29 - between the junction of Allan Street and Westmoreland Road, Douglas a suspected white four-by-four hit the girl, who was walking with her brother.

The car failed to stop at the scene on colliding with the girl, resulting in bruising.

If anyone saw this incident taking place or has any information they are asked to contact PC 170 McLean at Douglas Police Headquarters by telephoning: 01624 631435


Concern for elderly missing woman on Isle of Man

Police on the Isle of Man say they're concerned for an elderly woman who is missing.

The woman was last seen in Douglas near Glencrutchery Road and Victoria Road earlier this afternoon. She was wearing only light coloured pyjamas and beige slippers.

Anyone who may have seen the lady or knows where she is has been asked to contact police urgently on 631212.

Police say the woman is not in any trouble, and that they simply need to know she is safe.

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Isle of Man's only KFC closes after 14 years

The restaurant on Duke Street, Douglas, opened in 2002. Credit:

The Isle of Man's only KFC restaurant has shut its doors.

On Sunday 27 November the fast food restaurant served its last customer on Duke Street, Douglas after serving the island since 2002.

A spokesperson said the decision came down to commercial reasons, however there is hope for a drive-thru site in the future.

Chimney fire during Isle of Man ferry crossing

A fire broke out in the chimney stack of a ferry making its way from Douglas to Heysham during the 08.45 crossing this morning.

Isle of Man Steam Packet Company engineers say they have contained the situation aboard the Ben-my-Chree. The engineers have allowed the vessel to continue with her journey to Heysham.

The company say no passengers or crew have been injured, and added that there is no significant damage to the vessel.

Masterplan aims to make Douglas a "world class capital"

An artists impression of the proposed Maritime Gateway. Credit: Iom Government

A public consultation has been launched on a "bold vision" for major redevelopment of Douglas.

The Isle of Man government is asking for feedback on the Central Douglas Masterplan, which aims to encourage investment in the town and boost economic growth.

Government-appointed consultants have drawn up the masterplan.

Officials say the intention is to encourage private sector investment in Douglas and support long term economic regeneration.

Among the aims are:

  • Creating a world-class capital by ensuring development is contemporary, high-quality and timeless.
  • Improving the gateways to Douglas to create attractive arrival points and a positive first impression.
  • Increasing retail opportunities and choice, ensuring new provision complements, rather than undermines, existing retailers.
  • Creating a new civic space that supports flexible uses for events and activities to draw together the town centre.
  • Connecting the key attractions in the town centre by making it easier to navigate between areas.
  • Addressing the local topography, natural environment and buildings – finding and enhancing routes between Upper and Lower Douglas.
An artists impression of how the The Fort will look from Fort Street. Credit: IoM Government.

Chris Robertshaw MHK, Minister for Policy and Reform and Chair of the Central Douglas Masterplan Committee, says the strategy will "underpin efforts to create a world-class Island capital".

"Government cannot deliver this exciting new strategy on its own.

"It will be made real by many hands, including private investors and developers.

"Government has a central role to play in terms of generating the confidence within the private sector to invest in this bold vision.

"The Masterplan is not a blueprint for development and will not be a statutory document.

"It does, however, provide a strategic approach to seeking out and promoting opportunities for development.

"It will also guide decision making and inform future policy.

"Douglas already has much to offer, but there are some critical issues that need to be addressed in a coordinated manner to ensure that it becomes a world-class, distinctive capital.

"This approach will be vital to the continued economic success of the Island."

– Chris Robertshaw MHK
Artists impression of the Quayside and Winter Gardens. Credit: IoM Government.

An exhibition about the masterplan will be held at the Strand Shopping Centre from 2pm on Monday, October 6 until Saturday, October 11 2014.

On Tuesday, October 13, 2014 at 6pm, members of the public can also attend a presentation on the masterplan at the Manx Museum, Douglas.

The consultation runs until Friday, November 14, and anyone wishing to participate can click here.

Artists impression of The Fort. Credit: IoM Government.

Sea defence wall proposed for Douglas

A mock-up of what the sea wall could look like Credit: Pearce Tyreman Architects

A Manx architect is proposing a new sea defence wall for Douglas, after the promenade was damaged in the heavy winter storms.

The wall would dramatically change the look of the sea front, by replacing the existing railings.

Members of the public are being asked for their views.