A Swig and a Swab

The police have charged a man with drink driving shortly after he had been swabbed at the Covid testing centre at the Grandstand on Tuesday afternoon.

A police statement said: ‘The male left the area but was located a short distance away and was arrested. The male was later charged with driving whilst under the influence of alcohol and will appear before Douglas Courthouse via video link tomorrow morning.’

All At Sea

Officers from the Northern Neighbourhood Patrol team attended a report of a large group of people swimming in Laxey Bay at 6.20am this morning.

The police said: ‘Although current Covid regulations allow for some outdoor exercise, only individual households, and two households in a support bubble together, can exercise safely and legally in this manner.

‘The size of the group present suggests that this was an organised gathering and would tend to dismiss the fact that the regulations were being adhered to on this occasion, and enquiries are ongoing to identify those involved. If you were a member of this group or you are aware of who was involved, staff at Ramsey Police Station would like to hear from you. 

‘In addition further information has come to light that a similar gathering is being planned again, so in order to keep our community safe, Police will attend any suspected gatherings of this nature to engage with people present and encourage compliance with the current regulations for the benefit of all island residents.’

Gov Vehicles

There are 1,230 gov vehicles registered to be driven on Manx Roads. Duty paid is shown on all Government tax discs except for those that are exempt from road duties such as DoI and emergency service vehicles.

Tories Take Liverpool

Government-appointed commissioners will oversee parts of Liverpool City Council following a critical report, the local government secretary has said. Robert Jenrick MP told Parliament inspectors found a ‘serious breakdown of governance’ and ‘multiple apparent failures’ which meant he had to act. The authority has been under scrutiny since police began investigating building and development contracts. The probe has seen five men, including then mayor Joe Anderson, arrested. Mr Anderson denies any wrongdoing.

Merkel Drops Lockdown

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has cancelled plans for a strict lockdown over Easter, just a day after the measures were announced. Calling the plan a ‘mistake’, Mrs Merkel said she took ‘ultimate responsibility’ for the U-turn. The proposed lockdown was agreed with regional leaders in talks overnight on Monday, with restrictions set to be tightened between April 1-5.

EU Vaccine Battle

The European Commission has proposed tougher controls on Covid vaccine exports after it accused UK-Swedish firm AstraZeneca of failing to honour its contract to supply EU countries. The plans, to go before EU leaders on Thursday, stop short of a ban but could inflame tensions with the UK. Any shipment would be assessed on the destination country’s rate of vaccinations and vaccine exports. Meanwhile, 29 million AZ doses have been inspected in a raid in Italy.

Child Shot by Myanmar’s Police

A seven-year-old girl has been shot dead in Myanmar, becoming the youngest known victim in the crackdown following last month’s military coup. Khin Myo Chit’s family told the BBC she was killed by police while she ran towards her father, during a raid on their home in the city of Mandalay.  Myanmar’s military has been increasing its use of force as protests continue. Rights group Save the Children says more than 20 children are among dozens of people who have been killed.

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