A Well Earned Retirement

After serving with the Isle of Man Fire and Rescue Service for 27 years, Station Officer Andrew ‘Coz’ Corrin is retiring from his role at Rushen Fire Station. To mark the occasion, he was presented with a memento by Chief Fire Officer Kevin Bloom.

Criminals Beware!

The  police have issued a warning to criminals that they will be working to deter and detect criminal activity, such as drug trafficking, money laundering and other types of cross-border activity undertaken by organised criminal groups. The operation will have various aspects, including visible activity at the Sea Terminal and Ronaldsway Airport. 

A spokesman said: ‘As part of our multi-agency approach, teams from the Cabinet Office will be checking documentation to ensure that residents and visitors are complying with the new regulations that are coming into force and are eligible to enter the island.  It is essential you are aware of the travel requirements and documentation that you will need to complete in order to travel in and out of the Island.  For further information on this please click here.

‘Most of our community will be largely unaffected by the low number of crimes that happen on the Island or indeed be unaware of much of the activity that we undertake to tackle it. The COVID pandemic does not stop the illegal supply of controlled drugs, cash leaving our shores or the threats of violence towards members of our community, some of which are vulnerable and who become embroiled in crime. We have both overt and covert Police Officers on patrol around the Island and at the sea, air and fishing ports.  A safe island has strong borders and we will update you periodically on the phases of this operation. We enjoy a great sense of community with relatively low levels of crime and we intend to keep it that way. Travelling and Island based criminals, you have been warned!’

GP Appointment Changes

Routine GP appointments will not be available from 1pm to 6pm on Thursday July 1 as GPs attend their latest education session. Anyone who needs to see a doctor urgently on the specified day should ring their surgery for an appointment with the on-call GP.  Practices will remain open during the afternoon for patients to collect test results, make future appointments and order repeat prescriptions as normal.

Annmarie Cubbon, Manx Care’s General Manager of Integrated Primary and Community Care, said: ‘We understand the importance of both training and service transformation for our GPs. This latest session will include an update on diabetes services from the Consultant in Diabetes Management. Diabetes was one of the first areas for pathway re-design supported by the Health Service Transformation Team.’

Sporting Weekend

A big sporting weekend for Manxies on and off island. In Peel, the world Viking longboat races get underway from 11am as 70 teams compete against the clock. Over in France HE is back on Tour as 30 time stage winner Mark Cavendish returns to the Tour De France. As the second most successful stage winner of all time, Cav will be expected to be in the hunt to pick up a win or two in the world’s greatest cycling race. There appear to be eight stages at the Tour which could finish in a bunch sprint and his team Deceuninck – Quick-Step have one of the best lead-out trains at the race. As a result, the temptation to dream of Cavendish adding to his incredible tally is there, but honestly we’re just glad to see the stand out sprinter of his generation return to the top of the tree.

Matt Hancock

Actually never mind, you’ve probably all seen it and gagged as much as the rest of us.

Record Breaker, Life Saver

Brilliant story from Greater Manchester of a firefighter who has broken a Guinness World Record by walking 55 miles in a full fire kit. Charlie Thompson, a former soldier and now currently an operational firefighter from Greater Manchester based at Farnworth Community Fire Station, walked from the most northern fire station in Nottinghamshire (Howarth Fire Station) to the most southern station in Greater Manchester (Cheadle FireStation) to raise funds for The Fire Fighters Charity. 

He said: ‘This challenge is also in respect and loving memory of a very close family friend Henry Jennings who sadly passed away on New Years Day 2021. He was a very giving young man and would have walked beside me if he could.’ See his Justgiving page here.

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