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Isle of man teenager jailed after fatal crash

14 year old Lucia Porter who died in the crash in March 2014 Credit: ITV Granada

A teenager from the Isle of Man has been jailed for three years for causing a crash that killed a 14 year old girl. 18 year old Craig Bridgewater was behind the wheel of a friend's car when it went off the road near Peel in March, killing Lucia Porter.

The car was carrying eight teenagers at the time, including two in the boot.

Lucia was sharing the front passenger seat with another friend and was thrown through the window, with the car coming to rest on top of her.

Scene of crash on the Isle of Man - March 2014 Credit: ITV Granada

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Hi tech unit to help in fight against breast cancer

Construction of a new high tech breast care unit is under way in the Isle of Man. More than a million pounds has been raised by the Manx Breast Cancer Support Group to build the new facility at Noble's Hospital. Over a hundred people on the island were diagnosed with breast cancer last year. The dedicated unit will mean both screening and treatment can take place under one roof. Julie Stokes, from the support group said the unit will benefit many people.

Man stabbed in Isle of Man as knife amnesty gets under way

The scene of today's incident.

A man is recovering in hospital after being stabbed in the Isle of Man.

It happened as the island's police force launched a knife and gun amnesty.

Last night's attack happened at an address in Hilltop Rise, Douglas.

From today, the public can hand in guns, knives and other weapons into police stations in the capital, Ramsey, Castletown and Peel.

Police tape close to the scene.

“The victim remains at hospital with serious but not life threatening injuries.

"This outcome is predominantly as a result of the immediate first aid he received prior to the arrival of paramedics.

"We were fortunate to identify a number of witnesses and obtain an early account of what had taken place, but we would still like to speak to anyone who was in the area but might have left prior to our attendance."

– Sergeant Michelle McKillop, Isle of Man Constabulary

Witnesses should call CID on 01624 631212 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Police to hold gun and knife amnesty on the Isle of Man

The Isle of Man Constabulary will hold an amnesty for weapons next month.

The month-long amnesty will cover weapons such as firearms, ammunition, knives and swords.

Members of the public will be able to bring secured weapons and ammunition to the following police stations from November 1st:

  • Police Headquarters, Douglas
  • Ramsey Police Station
  • Castletown Police Station
  • Peel Police Station

For more information, call the Isle of Man Constabulary Firearms department on 631212.

Isle of Man to increase 'toilet tax' to £100

Residents on the Isle of Man will see an increase in controversial sewerage charges, known on the island as a "toilet tax".

In April the Manx government decided to bring in a charge of £50 per annum for dealing with sewerage, despite more than 6000 people signing a petition opposing the charge.

Now Tynwald says the charge will increase to £100, after the Manx Utilities Chairman said there would be a shortfall of £10m by 2021.

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Counting the cuties - an annual check for Manx seal pups

A seal pup waves. Credit: ITV News

The Calf of Man, an islet off the south west coast of the Isle of Man, is known around the world as a sanctuary for seabirds and for having more lighthouses than people.

It's also home to a sizeable population of Grey Seals and every year, scientists descend on the island to count how many pups they have and monitor their progress.

From the Calf of Man, Amy Mulhern reports:

The Calf of Man viewed from the Isle of Man, is less than one square mile. Credit: ITV News

Plans to relocate horse trams halted

Horse Tram

Plans to relocate one of the Isle of Man's vintage transport systems have been stopped in their tracks as alternative ideas are explored.

The horse trams on Douglas promenade were due to be moved to the edge of the road as part of a multi-million pound scheme.

Engineers have now gone back the drawing board to look at moving the rails onto the seaside walkway instead.

The idea is being welcomed by critics who think the trams are a nuisance to other vehicles.

The new plans are on display this week at the sea terminal where the public can give feedback.

Weather warning on the Isle of Man

Police on the Isle of Man have released a warning to members of the public as poor weather makes for hazardous conditions.

A falling tree down has taken down electrical cables in Main Road, Ballaugh (between Ballaugh & the Wild Life Park). Officers are asking people to avoid the area completely as the road is closed. Police are currently cordoning off the area and there will be no way through for safety reasons.

“Reports are coming in of trees being down island wide. Also, officers out there clearing the roads are reporting that there is considerable leaf debris that is hazardous to road users.Unless you absolutely have to leave your home, please don't. The stormy weather is causing treacherous conditions for all."

– Police spokesperson

Manx voters get started on the Big Debate

The anonymous voting device. Credit: ITV News

The Big Debate has begun in the Isle of Man.

The series of public meetings to discuss the future of government and the welfare system on the island is now under way.

Members of the public who attend meetings will be able to vote on proposals anonymously using remote control devices.

The first meeting has been held in Peel.

Meeting attendees at the first Big Debate meeting. Credit: ITV News

Treasury Minister Eddie Teare MHK said it was a "genuine attempt to find out the views of the public".

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