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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.

Two killed on Day One of TT Races

Paul Shoesmith, 50, made his TT Races debut in 2005. Credit: TT Races.

Two competitors at the Isle of Man TT Races have died.

Sidecar driver Dwight Beare, 27, and motorcyclist Paul Shoesmith, 50, were killed during the first day of the Races.

ACU Events Ltd, which organises the races, said it wished to pass its deepest sympathy to the families and friends of both riders.

Mr Beare, who is originally from Melbourne, Australia but lived in Onchan in the Isle of Man, was killed following an accident near Rhencullen during Saturday's Sidecar Race 1.

He made his debut at the TT Races in 2014, achieving a 12th place in his second race on the Isle of Man when he competed with father Noel as his passenger.

The pair returned to the Isle of Man TT last year, achieving a 17th place in the first sidecar race.

His passenger this year, Benjamin Binns, from the Isle of Man, was airlifted to Nobles Hospital where he was described as being stable with a fractured ankle.

Mr Shoesmith, from Poynton, Lancashire, was killed following an accident on Sulby Straight during Saturday's solo practice. The session was abandoned.

He had made his debut at the TT Races in 2005 and had a highest placed finish of 15th on the TT Mountain Course in both the Superbike and Senior Races in 2011.

He also achieved finishes of 8th and 11th in the 2008 and 2009 Lightweight TT Races at the Billown circuit.

He achieved his fastest ever lap around the TT Mountain Course in Saturday's Superbike Race, lapping at 125.896mph and finishing 29th. He won 40 bronze replicas, including the one he received for Saturday's race.

A statement from ACU Events said: "Paul also operated his own Ice Valley Four Anjels Racing team and gave numerous riders the opportunity to compete at a high level in the TT Races including many of the current race paddock."

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