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Hundreds of passengers left stranded on the Isle of Man

Cancelled ferries between the Isle of Man and Liverpool have upset travel plans for hundreds of people.

Emergency repair work is being carried out on the fast craft Manannan after debris from the sea damaged its engines.

Easter holidaymakers who were stranded yesterday suffered further bad luck today when the Heysham ferry they were transferred to was late docking due to thick fog.

It's not yet known when the Manannan will be back in service and a further announcement is due later.

Passengers left stranded on the Isle of Man

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Hundreds of people were left stranded on the Isle of Man following the Easter break after ferry's stopped running to Liverpool. It's after the fast craft Manannan ferry was suspended because of damage to its jet system caused by sea debris. A number of people complained on the company's facebook page that they could not get through on the helpline number to make alternative arrangements.

Steam Packet Company Chief Executive, Mark Woodward, said: ‘We would like to offer our sincere apologies to passengers for any inconvenience caused.

‘We are doing all that we can to restore normal operations as soon as possible and we will release further updates as information becomes available.’

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Transport: Isle of Man ferry stuck with engine damage

The Liverpool to Isle of Man ferry is currently stuck at the Pier Head after one of its engines was damaged by debris.

The Steam Packet Company vessel, Manannan, was meant to have departed the Mersey heading for the Isle of man at 10am this morning.

As it stands Manannan is currently loaded at Liverpool Port – engineers are in the process of surveying the previously mentioned damage caused by ingestion of debris.

We apologise for the inconvenience caused and further updates shall follow as and when we have information.”

– team Packet Company statement on Facebook

Seven arrested in multi-million tax fraud probe on Isle of Man, Guernsey and UK

Fraud probe in the Isle of Man Credit: Picture: GTV

Seven people have been arrested in the Isle of Man, Guernsey and mainland UK as part of an investigation, codenamed Operation Bannock, into a suspected £21 million VAT and money laundering fraud.

Significant amounts of cash and business records have been seized.

Officers from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), Cheshire Constabulary, the National Crime Agency, Guernsey’s Financial Investigations Unit and the Isle of Man Constabulary Financial Crime Unit executed a number of warrants.

Simultaneous searches of 13 addresses in Cheshire, London, Manchester, Guernsey and the Isle of Man are currently taking place.

Diane Donnelly, Assistant Director, Criminal Investigation, HMRC, said:

“Tax fraud is not a victimless crime and every year costs millions of pounds in lost revenue that should be funding public services. No-one agency can tackle this alone and we are committed to working with our partner agencies in the UK and abroad to target those who try to attack our tax system.

“Anyone with information about people or businesses suspected of being involved in tax fraud can contact HMRC through the Tax Evasion hotline on 0800 788 887.”

Shimmin takes IoM Reform role as Robertshaw quits government

The House of Keys. Credit: ITV News.

John Shimmin MHK has been appointed as the Isle of Man Government’s new Minister for Policy and Reform following the resignation of Chris Robertshaw from the role.

The appointment, which takes immediate effect, was announced by Treasury Minister Eddie Teare MHK, who is heading the island's Council of Ministers during the Chief Minister’s absence through illness.

Mr Teare said the appointment has the full support of the Chief Minister, Allan Bell MHK.

Mr Shimmin has been an MHK since 1996 and has 12 years’ experience as a Minister in a range of roles, including service as Minister for Economic Development from 2011 until June last year.

Mr Robertshaw quit after less than a year in the job, saying he's unhappy with the pace of reform in the Manx government.

He will stay on as a member of the House of Keys.

The job of Minister for Policy and Reform is a challenging one but the work is essential if we are to secure a sustainable future for our Island.

"I look forward to collaborating with colleagues in the Council of Ministers and in Tynwald to build upon the foundations that Chris Robertshaw has laid."

– John Shimmin MHK

Watch below Chris Robertshaw explains his decision to quit the Government:

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IOM politicians vote against Assisted Suicide Bill

Politicians have rejected a move to legalise assisted suicide in the Isle of Man.

Member of the House of Keys Juan Watterson had hoped to have the island's current laws changed to allow terminally ill people to be able to choose to end their lives.

However in Parliament today Manx politicians voted against the Assisted Suicide Bill by 17 votes to five.

'Human cannonball' stuntman killed when safety net collapsed

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A "human cannonball" stuntman was killed when a safety net intended to break his fall after he was fired into the air collapsed, an inquest has heard.

Matthew Cranch, 24, who was originally from the Isle of Man, suffered multiple injuries after he plunged to the ground during Scott May's Daredevil Stunt Show, jurors were told.

Mr Cranch had been fired from a cannon mounted on a lorry in front of spectators at the Kent County Showground in Detling, Kent, on April 25 2011.

Police announced back in December 2012 that no criminal prosecution would be brought over the incident.

Inquest starts into death of 'Human Cannonball'

An inquest will begin today into the death of a "human cannonball" stuntman from the Isle of Man who died after being fired up to 40ft into the air at a daredevil show.

Hundreds of spectators watched as a safety net intended to break Matthew Cranch's fall failed during Scott May's Daredevil Stunt Show.

The death of Mr Cranch, 24, at the Kent County Showground in Detling on April 25, 2011 prompted a criminal investigation. But in December 2012 Kent Police announced that no criminal prosecution would be brought and the case was referred to the local authority.

Mr Cranch, is believed to have only taken up the stunt job a couple of weeks before the fatal showpiece.

A three-day inquest will start from 10.30am today at the Archbishop's Palace in Maidstone.

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