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30-year-old man found dead in IoM theatre

The Gaiety Theatre in Douglas was designed by Frank Matcham. Credit:

Isle of Man police say the death of a man at the Gaiety Theatre in Douglas yesterday, is not being treated as suspicious.

At around 2pm on Sunday a 30-year-old male was found dead at the theatre on Harris Promenade.

No further details have been given at this time - the Coroner of Inquests has been notified.

IoM search and rescue operation highlights team effort

Crew from the IOM Coastguards who located a missing person yesterday. Credit: IOM Constabulary, Facebook

The Isle of Man Constabulary have praised efforts from numerous organisations who helped find a high risk missing person.

Yesterday a young woman was reported to the authorities and required the Coastguard, the Search and Rescue Dog Association and Civil Defence to locate her.

Volunteers from the Coastguard found the woman later that afternoon.

Isle of Man Constabulary thanked members across all teams for their assistance.

Thankfully, high risk missing persons where we require multiple organisations to assist us in searches are rare, however when we do call upon them, the services offered in terms of resources and assistance is invaluable. Today was no different and all of the above organisations rapidly responded to our request for assistance, resulting in the person being found quickly. This would not of been possible without the help of our partners.

– Isle of Man Constabulary


Sea water contamination cost IoM nearly £12,000

Properties between Church Street and North Quay, Douglas were affected for three days. Credit: Bing

Sea water contamination which affected properties on the Isle of Man almost cost £12,000 overall to fix.

Manx Utilities chairman Dr Alex Allinson MHK responded to a written question asked by Lawrie Hooper MHK about how much the cost was of dealing with the seawater contamination between Church Street and North Quay, Douglas during December last year.

Installation of a temporary non‐return valve, bottled water provision, network operations, response team costs and sundries amounted to £11,760.00.

It was due to sea water being pumped back into the fresh supply, while the Steam Packet Company washed the ferry Ben-my-Chree, entering the area's system.

The responsible party has accepted that their working practice on the date in question caused the contamination in question and Manx Utilities therefore expect to fully recover all of the costs associated with this event.

– Dr Alex Allinson, Manx Utilities Chairman

IoM abortion reform passes major stage

Dr Alex Allinson in the House of Keys today. Credit: Helen McKenna, ITV

Plans to reform abortion law on the Isle of Man have passed a major hurdle in the House of Keys.

Parliament held its second reading to discuss proposals today for reform, which would mirror the law in the UK.

Efforts to form an investigating committee - which some MHKs feared would delay the reforms for more than a year - were defeated eighteen votes to five.

It'll now go through to the amendment stage.

At present, abortions can only be carried out on the Isle of Man if a pregnancy is the result of rape or because of mental health concerns under the Termination of Pregnancy Act 1995.

Members of the House of Keys debated the decision of taking the Bill to a committee for two to three hours - Chris Robertshaw led the motion but was unsuccessful.

Let us now seize the opportunity to move forward with a piece of legislation fit for our society, our island, and our century.

– Dr Alex Allinson MHK

IoM public sector housing consultation deadline approaches

A points-based system is used to prioritise the needs of those on the housing waiting list, which currently stands at 663 people. Credit: PA images

The Isle of Man Government is seeking feedback about how public sector housing is allocated.

The Department of Infrastructure have opened an online consultation, as part of a wider review of all aspects of housing provision.

There are approximately 5,500 general needs public sector houses on the island, with an update needed to access and eligibility criteria to better reflect changes in society.

A points-based system is used to prioritise the needs of those on the housing waiting list - 663 people currently.

Islanders are being asked to comment on proposed changes to local residency requirements, reduced thresholds for savings and financial assets, capping the number of points awarded for time spent on the waiting list and prioritising families with younger children.

Responses can be submitted before February 18th at and further information is available from


Manx snowboarder to make history at fourth Winter Olympic Games

Zoe Gillings finished in ninth place at the 2014 Sochi Games. Credit: PA images

Isle of Man snowboarder Zoe Gillings-Brier will become the first British snowboarder to attend the Winter Olympics four times.

The 32-year-old has been training in Austria for the event next month in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

She's achieved seven World Cup podiums and won first place at the South American World Cup in 2004.

IoM TT races game to be released in March

'TT Isle of Man - Ride on the Edge' will be released in March. Credit: Big Ben Interactive

Fans of the Isle of Man TT Races will soon get to experience the thrill of the Mountain Course via a new game.

'TT Isle of Man - Ride on the Edge' is due for release in March, featuring well-known racers John McGuinness, Conor Cummins and many more.

Sebastien Waxin of game developer Big Ben Interactive told Granada Reports what gamers can expect:

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(Trailer clip credit: Big Ben Interactive)

IoM ferry sailings could be cancelled due to bad weather


Sailings between the Isle of Man and Heysham could be cancelled due to weather conditions today and tomorrow.

The Steam Packet Company will announce a final decision at 17:00 regarding tonight's Douglas to Heysham scheduled for 19:45 and tomorrow morning's 02:15 crossing from Heysham to Douglas.

Fore more information visit the Steam Packet website or call Reservations: 661661 (IOM), 08722 992 992* (UK) / 0044 8722 992 992* (ROI & Outside UK).

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