In a week when Father Christmas made a comeback and we broke up with Guernsey we’ve got the latest skeet…

Cannabis protest 

Each week we write a section on people who have been banged up because of cannabis possession/distribution offences. Cannabis is a HUGE talking point on island, with many Manxies thinking the sentencing is draconian. 

A group called ‘Cannabis of Man’ protested outside of Tynwald this week, wanting the laws to reflect that of the channel islands: where it may be prescribed for medicinal purposes. 

ROZZER REPORT

The annual Chief Constable report has been released. It doesn’t make for GREAT reading as:

  • There has been a 4.9% increase in crime. 

  • Theme of the year: DRUGS. The majority of the additional offences committed were connected to the trade of Class A drugs. The trade is also largely responsible for the rise in violent crime. 

  • The Chief constable did say, however, that “we suffer significantly less crime and fewer serious crimes than other force areas in the UK, Jersey, Guernsey”

  • Locating mental health professionals at the Police headquarters has also been beneficial

  • There has also been a fall in criminal damage and burglary and fewer road collisions. If your first thought, like mine, was that it was PROBABLY because we were all stuck at home: the report covers the year to 31 March 2020.

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Cluster of community Covid-19 cases in Guernsey.

HQ announced on Friday that the airbridge had been suspended.


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Laptop scheme announced for disadvantaged students

If lockdown taught us anything, it was that being online is essential: especially if you are taking exams. The E-Learning Pupil Access Subscription Service (E-PASS) has been launched will help students eligible for free school meals by loaning laptops and setting up 5g routers. The scheme has been funded by the Scheinberg family. 

IOM turned pink

Many of the island’s businesses, including yours truly, have turned pink this week for ‘Pink Week’ to raise awareness for breast cancer. 

SANTA DASH BACK ON 

Earlier this month we reported on one of the worst stories of 2020: that the Santa dash has been cancelled.  WELL, Nedgroup Investments have stepped up and become the heroes we all needed in 2020. They won’t let rona stop Father Christmas this year- and have stepped up as the new sponsors. The race will take place on Wednesday December 16, and a Facebook page  ‘Nedgroup Charity Santa Dash’ will be launched soon, where you enter the race. I, for one, am very excited for this comeback story. 

Z Zurich Foundation X Isle Listen

ICONIC COLLABORATION ALERT: Isle Listen have announced a 3-year funding collaboration with the Z Zurich Foundation and Zurich International in a joint drive to provide mental wellbeing education, prevention and transformative early intervention on island. The funding will allow the charity to expand its one-to-one listening service within schools, provide a mobile art therapy vechicle and expand their service further. 


Pictured Left to Right - Annabel Chambers, Isle Listen Project Lead, Ruth Adamson, Learning & Talent Development Consultant, Zurich International, Nigel Simpson, Head of International Markets at Zurich International, Andrea Chambers, Chief Executive, Isle Listen.Pictured Left to Right - Annabel Chambers, Isle Listen Project Lead, Ruth Adamson, Learning & Talent Development Consultant, Zurich International, Nigel Simpson, Head of International Markets at Zurich International, Andrea Chambers, Chief Executive, Isle Listen.

Pictured Left to Right – Annabel Chambers, Isle Listen Project Lead, Ruth Adamson, Learning & Talent Development Consultant, Zurich International, Nigel Simpson, Head of International Markets at Zurich International, Andrea Chambers, Chief Executive, Isle Listen.

Howard UPDATE

HQ gave us the news that we were breaking up with Guernsey and PAUL made a comeback and we’re not gonna lie, we’ve missed him. For the full update click here

Banged Up: C-19 Weekly Figures

  • A fella desperate for a Maccies broke isolation rules after he went to the fast food chain and then spent some time catching up with his pals. He’ll spend 6 weeks in the Jurby Hilton. 

Banged Up: Cannabis Weekly Figures 

  • A twenty-year old hid 38 quids worth of  cannabis “near his genitals”  (no, we’re not sure of the logistics of that either). He was handed 40 hours of community service, which was added to his 120-hour community service for breaching a pub ban and assault.

  • A 21 year old student was sentenced to 180 hours of community service for possession of cannabis and etizolam. He was sentenced to 150 hours of community service in January for possessing cannabis, and had previously been jailed in 2017 for possession and intention to supply offences. In not being jailed, the student can continue studying his degree.