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Bibby wins historical Isle of Man cycling race

Ian Bibby finishing the men's 113 miles over three laps at the Manx International Grand Prix Credit:

A historical cycling event returned to the Isle of Man yesterday as part of the second leg of the Motorpoint Spring Cup Series.

Team Sky's Ian Bibby won the men's 113 miles of racing over three laps of the Manx International Grand Prix, with Kimberly Ashton (Casp racing) winning the two-lap women's race, the first round of the women's road race elite series.

The first MIGP was held in 1936, becoming a favoured race for cyclists from all over the world - the last professional tournament was held in 2003.

A huge crowd showing their support on the Mountain Course near Ramsey Credit:

Jake Alderman of Saint Piran and Tristan Robbins of Madison Genesis made the first real break of the race, pulling away and gradually increasing their lead to 2.20.

They continued to lead until Manx rider Peter Kennaugh (Team Sky) closed the gap.

The penultimate King of Mountains award was taken by Adria Moreno Sala (Raleigh GAC) and the lead pack was thinned down to six after Kennaugh attacked.

Bibby and Erick Rowsell (Madison Genesis) managed to break free from the final six, before Bibby attacked Rowsell and went on to win.

The Isle of Man is currently bidding to host the 2018 British National Championship.


Man in court accused of contacting alleged rape victim

The accused will return to Douglas Courthouse on 12 April Credit: Helen McKenna

A man from the Isle of Man has been arrested for allegedly contacting a woman who claims he raped and assaulted her.

The 46 year old man is accused of raping and beating up the woman on 12th September last year.

Deputy High Bailiff Jayne Hughes described the allegations as 'extremely serious' and fixed a committal date for 31st May.

The man will return to Douglas Courthouse on 12 April.

Isle of Man junior doctors get no changes to contracts

Junior doctors play a significant role in the delivery of care on the Isle of Man, both at Noble’s Hospital and GP practices. Credit: Isle of Man Government

Junior doctors on the Isle of Man will not see changes to their contracts of employment.

Those who are employed under the Department of Health and Social Care, who work both in Nobles Hospital and GP surgeries, will not have their terms and conditions changed like doctors in England.

Changes in England will mean doctors will be paid less for working weekends to create a "seven-day service". This has been met with disagreement by the British Medical Association.

Health and Social Care minister Howard Quayle said that no changes would mean that the Isle of Man's tradition of working with doctors and their representative would continue:

Junior doctors in England face the new Credit: PA

We have to strike a delicate balance with our terms and conditions for employees. This means making sure that our rates of pay and benefits represent value for money for the taxpayer whilst enabling us to attract and retain talented health and social care professionals. I think our current arrangements have that balance right.

– Health and Social Care minister Howard Quayle

Smoking ban in cars from today on Isle of Man

Smoking in cars with children banned from today Credit: PA

A ban on smoking in cars with children starts on the Isle of Man today.

It comes eight years to the day that smoking in work places was banned.

Anyone found guilty can be fined up to five thousand pounds.

Howard Quayle explained why the ban was put in place:

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Three arrested on Isle of Man for money laundering

Two females aged 20 and 51 and a male aged 24 were arrested on Thursday 24th Credit: IOM Police

Three people have been arrested on the Isle of Man for money laundering and possession of cannabis.

On Thursday 24 police charged two females aged 20 and 51 and a male aged 24 for money laundering in Peel. The male was also charged with drug offences.

All will be appearing in the Isle of Man Courts of Justice imminently.

The Manx public are reminded to report anything suspicious to the Isle of Man Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Disruption to Isle of Man services after Douglas collison

Library picture of Manannan

There's further disruption to Isle of Man Steam Packet services after a collision with a pier in Douglas last night, in which five passengers were injured.

Specialist engineers and aluminium fabricators are due to help assess the damage to the fast craft Manannan, and decide whether it needs to go into dry dock for repairs.

The Steam Packet Company says it has reluctantly taken the decision to cancel the scheduled Manannan sailings to and from Liverpool and Belfast tomorrow.

"Our telephone lines are extremely busy as passengers discuss alternative arrangements with staff. Due to the volume and length of these calls, additional staff have been brought in to help in both Douglas and Liverpool.

‘It is anticipated that over the peak Easter days not all passengers booked to travel can be accommodated, although we are making every effort to provide an alternative to as many passengers as possible."

– Mark Woodward, Steam Packet Company Chief Executive
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