Public Consulted on Policing Plans

Members of the public are invited to find out about the Constabulary’s priorities for policing in their area – and contribute to future plans – at a series of regional public meetings. Open forums will be held in the west, south, north and east of the Island over the coming weeks, starting on Monday 26 July at Queen Elizabeth ll High School in Peel at 7pm. The Minister for Justice and Home Affairs, Graham Cregeen will attend the meetings, which will be led by senior police officers and colleagues from the local policing team.

The importance of neighbourhood policing in helping to keep the Island and its people safe was highlighted in the Chief Constable’s Annual Report 2020-21, which was received by Tynwald this week. In it, Gary Roberts outlines how locality-based police teams work with local communities to identify and address community problems, protect vulnerable people and reduce offending and antisocial behaviour. While the approach was temporarily suspended during lockdown periods as officers were deployed elsewhere as part of the Constabulary’s pandemic response, neighbourhood policing is being restored. In his report, the Chief Constable reiterates that neighbourhood policing is ‘the base upon which all policing activity in the Isle of Man is built.’

The four meetings will take place in QE2 High School tonight at 7pm for the West, Port Erin Methodist Hall on July 29 at 8pm for the South, Bunscoill Rhumsaa junior school on August 3 at 7pm for the North and Old Friends Club in Douglas on August 5 at 6:30pm for the East.

Online Manx/Cornish Event

Language fans can join in with a polyglot conference this friday to learn more about the Manx and Cornish languages. The online event, running from 12-3pm will feature a Q&A with speakers from both languages, chaired by Richard Simcott, and will finish with a quiz to test your knowledge on the Gaelic languages. To sign up for the event or to just learn more you can head to uta.lk/cornish-manx.

Manx Band Release Album

Manx band Raine, made up of singer Suzy Manton and producer Martyn Cain, are releasing their new album ‘Most Night’s Lately’ this Friday. The self-produced album, which is described by the duo as ‘Dream Pop, Slowcore, Trip Hop and Experimental Electronica,’ has been in the works since before Covid and comes after their two singles Provoke and ROAM. It will be available on all major platforms with more information on http://www.raine.im.

GOLD GOLD GOLD

Team GB’s Olympics campaign got into full swing today with three Golds before 8:30am thanks to Adam Peaty, Tom Daley & Matty Lee and Tom Pidcock. Peaty managed to become the first British swimmer to retain an Olympic title with his victory in the 100m breaststroke this morning whilst diver Daley finally clinched that gold medal after 13 years of trying since his debut in Beijing alongside his 10m synchro partner Matty. Minutes after the diving victory, mountain biker Pidcock cycled his way to gold in the cross country event to make history with GB’s first ever medal in the sport. The day also saw Alex Yee and Lauren Williams take silver in the Men’s Triathlon and Women’s -67kg Taekwondo respectively.

London Flooding

The fallout from flooding in London continued today with around 100 inpatients from Whipps Cross Hospital evacuated after buildings lost power and ceilings collapsed in what the NHS declared a ‘major incident’. London Fire Brigade said it has taken over 1,000 flood-related calls as the England capital is battered by heavy rain and the Met Office issues more rain and thunderstorm warning across the UK over the next four days. Flooding also saw nine London Tube and Overground stations closed with St James’s Park seeing 41.6mm of rain yesterday.

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