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Mosque in Preston opens its doors to thank first responders

A mosque in Preston has opened its doors to the local emergency services. Those who worship there wanted to say thank you to all first responders in the holy month of Ramadan.

Staff from all blue light services joined muslims at the mosque as they broke their daily fast - sharing food, drinks and understanding of different faiths and communities

IoM landline issues with 999 calls fixed following disruption

Telecommunications company Manx Telecom's headquarters in Braddan Credit: Google Maps

A fault which prevented landline numbers from calling 999 on the Isle of Man has now been resolved.

Yesterday Manx Telecom apologised to customers who could not contact the Emergency Services from around 8:35am, stating that the problems were due to failed ISDN circuits.

Mobile phones were still able to connect, while landlines were delayed for hours.

Noble’s Hospital, Government departments, Manx Telecom headquarters and a number of local businesses were also affected.

Otherwise successful tests have now taken place to resolve all of the issues that affected fixed line calls to/from some customers this morning. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused and thank our customers for their patience

– Manx Telecom

IoM police recover vehicle from railway tracks

Emergency services recovering the car from railway tracks near Blackboards Credit: IOM Roads Policing Unit, Facebook

Police on the Isle of Man are warning drivers to take care on the roads during stormy weather after recovering a car from railway tracks.

Last night emergency services and a crane attended the scene to clear the vehicle from the railroad near Blackboards in the South.

The Roads Policing Unit posted a photo of the recovery, urging motorists to drive carefully in the heavy rain and snow.


Fire shuts down South Quay in Isle of Man capital

Black smoke was captured pouring out of a building on South Quay in Douglas. Credit: Callum Staley, Twitter

A serious fire on the Isle of Man is being dealth with by the Fire and Rescue Service at South Quay, Douglas.

The fire is believed to have started this afternoon at a plastering and flooring company.

Members of the public have been evacuated from nearby buildings and residents have been told to keep doors and windows locked due to the nature of asbestos and other chemicals that could be present in the smoke.

Police cordons have been put in place from the Swing Bridge to Bridge Road and power supplies have been turned off.

A large emergency services presence in Douglas. Credit: Peter McKenna

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One in four emergency workers in North West has thought about suicide - claims mental health charity

One in four emergency workers has thought about suicide Credit: PA

One in four people working in emergency services has thought about ending their lives according to the mental health charity MInd. They carried out an online survey of 1,641 emergency services staff and volunteers including police, fire, ambulance and search and rescue services.

47 per cent of emergency workers had time of for stress/poor mental health Credit: PA