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School children on Isle of Man take on Loom Band Challenge

Primary school children on the Isle of Man have taken part in a 'loom-atic' challenge to raise funds for charity.

Scholl yn Jubilee Infant and Junior schools created a loom-band chain yesterday, with the challenge of making the chain 370 metres. So far they've raised £1,500, and the chain was 1,296 metres long. Funds will go to Alder Hey Children's Hospital and Ronald McDonald House.

The idea started when Sidney Veale wanted to thank Alder Hey for looking after him.

Helen McKenna has this report:

Over 75s in Isle of Man lose out on TV licences

Over 75s set to lose out on TV licences Credit: PA

Over 75s living on the Isle of Man will no longer be granted free TV licences from September.

The island's government currently pay for the fees, which was reviewed in February last year for the 2015 Budget.

Residents in receipt of income will still be eligible for help under a local scheme.

Licence renewals will be issued before September 1st.

Since the beginning of 2002, anyone aged 75 or over has been eligible to receive a free TV licence, irrespective of their means.

The same arrangement exists in the UK. However, the cost to the taxpayer of £700,000 a year is no longer affordable and cannot be justified.

– Bill Henderson MLC


Campaigners protest abortion law at Manx parliament

A campaign against abortion laws on the Isle of Man has been taken to the island's parliament.

Protesters outside Tynwald Credit: Amy Welch, ITV Granada
Coat hangers were displayed to highlight how many abortions are carried out at home with alternative methods Credit: Helen McKenna, ITV

Protesters want the law, which states a woman can only have an abortion if pregnancy seriously risks her physical or mental health, changed.

Campaigners say more than a hundred women had to travel off the island last year to have the procedure.

Campaigners want abortion laws on the island changed Credit: Amy Welch, ITV Granada

Protest over Isle of Man abortion law

More than 100 women travelled to the UK from the Isle of Man last year to terminate pregnancies Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A protest over abortion laws will take place outside the Manx parliament in Douglas later.

Campaigners say 105 women are known to have travelled from the Isle of Man to the UK to terminate pregnancies last year. Abortion is only legal on the island where pregnancy seriously risks a woman's physical or mental health.

The Termination of Pregnancy Act 1995 is still the law governing abortions in the Isle of Man. Campaigners say it can be too difficult or too late for women to prove they meet them.

Campaign for Abortion Law Modernisation (Calm) was founded in April aimed at updating the law's. Samantha Morris from the group spoke to Granada:


Two men in hospital after fight on Isle of Man

Police on the Isle of Man are appealing for witnesses after a violent fight that resulted in two men being taken to hospital.

The incident happened in the early hours of Saturday morning, June 4, in the Prospect Hill and Nelson Street area of Douglas.

A number of residents and passers-by are believed to have tried to intervene.

Police said the actions of those involved were "particularly vicious". Two men have been arrested.

Officers are keen to speak with anyone who was in the area at the time.

Witnesses are asked to contact Isle of Man Police on 631212 or alternatively Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Wife of Paul Shoesmith says she's lost her 'soulmate'

A superbiker racer who was killed during the Isle of Man TT lived life "in the fast lane" in the words of his grieving partner.

Janet Cowden said she'd lost her soul mate and best friend, and that it was "so unfair" he'd now miss his four children growing up.

On Saturday evening at The Isle of Man TT races he was killed during a practice run. Today, his partnerJanet and their two young sons stood next to his bike and the floral tributes that had been left there. And Janet says that since Paul's crash she's been comforted by the biking fraternity.

Stray animals at risk on Isle of Man during TT races

The MSPCA are urging people to make sure their pets are safely secured in their gardens and homes during race week Credit: ITV

Authorities on the Isle of Man are urging both locals and tourists during the TT festival of motorcycling to make sure their pets are safe.

The dog warden service of the ManxSPCA has dealt with 11 stray dogs on the course during practice week since 28 May, all during road closures.

19 Dogs across the island have been found, some having been missing for several hours.

Owners are reminded that if prosecuted they are liable to a fine not exceeding £2500, and their pet taken under the Road Races Act 1982.

For further advice or help, or if you have any concerns please contact the ManxSPCA on 01624 851672.

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