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Ex-biker completes TT course on mobility scooter

Noel Wilson completes course to raise money for MS Society Credit: ITV

A motorsport fan diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 4 years ago has completed the Isle of Man TT mountain course on a mobility scooter.

Travelling at just 8 miles-an-hour, Noel Wilson set himself the challenge to raise funds for the MS Society.

He set off at 5am from the TT Grandstand, finishing just before midday.

Ex biker Noel travelled at 8 miles an hour Credit: ITV Granada

I used to be a motorsport instructor, so I was brought up all around the tracks. I went to my first Grand Prix when I was about 5, and I've always been into racing.

I just needed something to do, I couldn't sit around watching TV, so I decided to start raising funds for MS.

– Noel Wilson

Three children in hospital on the Isle of Man after taking 'unknown substance'

Three young children are being treated in hospital after taking what police are describing as an 'unknown substance'.

Police were called to the National Sports Centre in Douglas yesterday afternoon. Three children, who are thought to be between 11 & 12, were taken to Nobles for treatment. They're all now in a stable condition.

National Sports Centre in Douglas Credit: Googlemaps

There has been much speculation and rumour as to the condition of the children on social media which is incorrect. I can confirm that three young children remain in Nobles hospital in a stable condition receiving medical treatment. We are continuing an investigation into the circumstances of how the children came to have possession of the substance, but we believe that it was found by them earlier in the day in the Douglas town area.

– Inspector Kinley, IoM Constabulary
The children are being treated in Noble's hospital in Douglas Credit: ITV Granada


IoM's Ben-my-Chree ferry returns to service after engine fault


The Isle of Man's ferry services have resumed back to normal after the Ben-my-Chree's technical fault on Sunday evening.

Yesterday engineers replaced a cylinder head-securing stud which had failed on one of the vessel’s two main engines.

While work was under way, fast craft Manannan was brought in to accommodate passengers on Sunday’s cancelled 2.15pm Heysham service, and MV Arrow operated freight services between Douglas and Heysham.

I’d like to pay tribute to the hard work of our engineers on ship and ashore, which ensured services were restored by Monday evening. The Captain exercised great skill in taking the Ben out of Heysham in very windy conditions with only one engine.

I’d also like to thank the crews of Ben-my-Chree and Manannan for their sterling work, everyone at the Ferry Travel Shop and at the ports who worked tirelessly to assist affected passengers and all my colleagues who assisted during this difficult period.

– IOM Steam Packet Co. Chief Executive, Mark Woodward

Isle of Man government seek public's ideas to save money

The Isle of Man government are asking residents to submit their own ideas on how money could be saved.

The government say they're calling on the public to help them decide where best to cut money to sustain services, as they face reductions of 25 million pounds over the next five years.

The scheme is the brainchild of Treasury Minister Alfred Cannan MHK. It's being called an online 'ideas hub', and anyone who wants to take part must register their details online. The deadline for submissions is 14 May 2017.

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We hope that the public will give serious thought to how government could streamline its services, cut waste or do things in new and innovative ways. We are eager to see how they will respond to the challenge and are hoping to see some exciting new ideas.

After all, it's the public’s money that government spends to deliver services. With their input we aim to make the required savings and help build a sustainable future for the Island.

– Bill Shimmins MHK, IOM Government's SAVE campaign

Drop-in sessions are also being held around the island during April. Ministers are inviting people to come and discuss their ideas in person. Sessions are planned for Douglas, Ramsey, Peel and Castletown.

For those people who do not wish to use the online ideas hub, we will also be publishing a series of newspapers ads later this month which provide write-in forms that can be completed and submitted to us.

Every idea submitted through the website or on the write-in forms will be looked at by the SAVE team, as it develops proposals for the Council of Ministers to consider. Council will decide which to develop further and implement across government.

– Bill Shimmins MHK, IOM Government's SAVE campaign
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The online “ideas hub” can be found on the government website at

Fracking experts warn only a quarter of shale gas might be recoverable

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Only a quarter of the shale gas in one of the UK's biggest reserves might be recoverable due to limited space to develop the necessary wells, academics have said.

The Bowland Shale - the rock thought to hold most of our shale gas reserves - is found throughout large parts of northern England, as well as parts of the Midlands, north Wales and the Isle of Man.

Areas in the North West offered to explore for shale gas fracking. Credit: Oil and Gas Authority

Immovable infrastructure such as buildings, roads and rivers put constraints on the area of the Bowland Shale that could be developed, say researchers from experts consortium ReFINE (Research Fracking in Europe).

They mapped possible sites on to the areas licensed for potential gas extraction.

They concluded that within a typical 10km by 10km square, only a quarter of the area could accommodate wells when existing properties, natural features and transport links were factored in.

Our findings suggest that the number of wells that could be developed could be limited by existing and immovable infrastructure which, in turn, would reduce the amount of shale gas that could be extracted."

– Sarah Clancy, Department of Earth Sciences, Durham University


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

IoM lifeboat crew rescue stranded yacht

Sir William Hillary was launched early this morning in Douglas to assist a yacht which had ran out of fuel. Credit: Mike Howland, RNLI Douglas

RNLI crew on the Isle of Man rescued a yacht which had ran out of fuel around 2am this morning.

The Sir William Hillary lifeboat was launched from Douglas Harbour to help the vessel from Kirkcudbright, Scotland with two people on board.

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