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  1. manx-person

    Lack Of Road Safety Strategy...

    It's not just the administration, in my view. A few years ago (maybe 7), at the start of TT week, just before the roads closed I was in stationary traffic, 10 yards away from a police officer. A motorbike crashed into the back of me, he was taken to hospital with leg injuries (he recovered quite well I understand) and fortunately he was discharged a number of days later- his bike was a "write-off" (I think). My daughter was in the car at the time (aged about 9), and the Police were superb with the way they moved her away from the situation whilst it was dealt with and they spoke to me. I was, quite rightly, breathalysed, which was negative, and then the officer commenced to complete a "notice of intention to prosecute" despite the fact that he had seen what had happened with his eyes. He was eventually dissuaded from doing this, and I was given a "producer notice" to produce my documents. This I did, in the requisite time. The guy who ran into the back of me was given, by concession, longer to produce his documents. Unfortunately by the time he was required to produce the documents, he had left the Island it transpired that he wasn't insured. Had he been required to produce the documents on the same timescale as me he would have still been on the Island at the time, with an opportunity to take him before the courts, I don't think that the matter was followed up by the police. Maybe things would be different now, I don't know - but it felt to me that I was being treated more harshly then a visitor, who (it appeared) "escaped" without penalty. Of course it must be difficult for traffic officers to deal with matters during TT, and I have sympathy with them - but I think that the way that "special treatment" was afforded to a visiting biker/motorist represented a tacit acceptance that visitors weren't being held to the same high requirements as residents, with the consequential impact on road safety and behavior.
  2. Not quite, If you have supplied Alcohol to an under 18 year old then its a strict liability offence, so it wouldn't matter if the ID was not genuine you would, subject to the other available defences, have committed the offence.
  3. manx-person

    Spies interviewed in Isle of Man

    Did they visit Peel Cathedral ?
  4. There are a number of routes after obtaining professional qualifications, for example.
  5. manx-person

    Island at War

    I remember when my kids were younger that that asked about this, I think at the Manx Museum, it stimulated a conversation about the effects of war, and a discussion about their grandfather who was a PoW in a Japanese labour camp. I'm not sure it glorifies war, it perhaps reminds us, like the poppy campaign. Lest we forget
  6. There are even a few Isle of Man specific skills available
  7. manx-person

    Suicidal mechanic hijacks plane & kills himself

    But it happened in the US, surely the US law trumps any dictionary definition ? Or are you advising on Manx law ?
  8. manx-person

    Athol Street police presence

    They were there for over 5 consecutive days, presumably because of some risk 'x'. I only became aware on day 4. If x happened then I would have rather not been there. If they had been overt then I would kept away from the area, which would have been safer for everyone. According to the chief constable's report https://www.iompolice.im/media/1121/annual-report-2016-17.pdf page 77there were only 3 incidents to which firearms were deployed in 2016-17 so this is still a rare event, which makes it in my view significant.
  9. manx-person

    Athol Street police presence

    For me if its about context. 1. If I go to an airport any I see armed police, I realise they have a protection role. I need to be there and I am glad they are there to act as a deterrent and also deal with any (hopefully rare) issue. 2. If I am walking down Athol Street and I see officers in a car with rifles (only by virtue of me looking closely at them in their marked car) then I am concerned as to why they are there. If they had been on the street with their guns I would have realised that there was a risk, and kept away from the area. Them sat in their cars doesn't make it safer for me, it makes it more dangerous as I am unable to avoid the area Its the means of their deployment on Athol Street that concerns me.
  10. manx-person

    Athol Street police presence

    What he said was “The training and deployment of armed officers is becoming routine everywhere across the British Isles”
  11. manx-person

    Athol Street police presence

    #fakenews https://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/castletown-mans-murder-conviction-upheld/
  12. manx-person

    Athol Street police presence

    An “exercise” over three consecutive days? If there was a threat because of “Mr X” that required armed officers, then how could it make sense not to try to keep the public away from the vicinity ? I don’t care who or what but I want to know how public safety was considered - I’m still not reassured.
  13. manx-person

    Athol Street police presence

    How do you know I haven’t ? He’s already made a comment in the newspapers hasn’t he ? Just raising awareness that’s all.
  14. manx-person

    Athol Street police presence

    http://www.iomtoday.co.im/article.cfm?id=42233 So it appears armed police deployments in the Isle of Man over multiple days are routine.
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