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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:

  1. Amy Mulhern

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


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.


There's no business like snow business - why Zoe's sights are set on world domination

Zoe Gillings-Brier, the snowboarding star from the Isle of Man enjoyed a top ten finish in the winter Olympics last year.

Now she's determined to challenge for a place on the podium at the Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships.

The action gets underway in Austria tomorrow and it's all downhill from there.

David Chisnall reports:

Special tribute for tragic brothers

Jacques and Torin's bodies were found at a Bolton flat Credit: PA

A moving memorial to two brothers who were found dead at a flat in Bolton has been thought up by their father Ray Lakeman. Ray is inviting people to take a model figure – preferably from Lord of the Rings – and hide it in a special spot. A memorial service to Jacques, 20 and 19 year old Torin will be held on January 16 at Living Hope Community Church, Port St Mary in the Isle of Man where they grew up.

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