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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."


Deadly 6ft snake found in woodland beauty spot

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The body of a deadly snake has been found in a popular beauty spot.

The 6ft boa constrictor was discovered by a man riding his bike at The Coppice woodland in Poynton at the weekend.

The Manchester Evening News reports that it has now been recovered by a reptile enthusiast Lloyd Cooper and a wildlife officer from Cheshire Police.

Lloyd, 34, from Macclesfield, has warned against releasing exotic pets into the wild.

It is terribly irresponsible from whoever dumped the snake and desperately sad for the snake who I suspect has died from the cold.

Snakes are very sensitive to temperature and would not be able to survive. It would have been dead within days of being left.

However, if this had happened in the few months time it could have been a different story.

A boa of this size is quite capable of biting a human if provoked and is certainly capable of killing a dog or cat.

– Lloyd Cooper, reptile enthusiast

Man dies after being hit by train near Poynton

A man has died after being hit by a train at Poynton Train Station.

It happened around 8.30am, during the morning rush hour.

Poynton Station Credit: Creative Commons

A spokesman for British Transport Police (BTP) said: “We were called shortly before 8.30am on Monday, following reports of a person having been struck by a train at Poynton rail station.

“Our officers attended, alongside colleagues from Cheshire Police and North West Regional Ambulance Service, and discovered a man had been struck and killed by a train.

“The incident is not being treated as suspicious and officers are now working to formally identify the deceased.

“We will then assist in the compilation of a report for the coroner.”

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