Deemster wants to ban man from pub but can’t

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DEEMSTER Montogemerie has expressed his frustration after what he says was a ‘drafting or printing error’ meant he did not have the power to ban a man who appeared before him from pubs.

The Manx Independent tells the full story in today’s paper.

The newspaper also includes the latest details in the investigation into the TT sponsorship deal that hit the front page on November 1.

Former MHK and government minister Martyn Quayle says he was shocked and appalled at the situation he discovered. A £1.6m contract was not signed.

The paper has lots of news from the Keys. The politician in charge of public transport says that bendy buses could save the taxpayer money.

Just under 70 per cent of long-term incapacity benefit claimants have had their payments stopped following the introduction of fitness to work assessments. It’s all down to reviews carried out by a company that’s caused controversy in the UK.

Elsewhere, we look into the closure of the Mailbox bar in the face of increased competition.

Meanwhile, in the face of continuing declines in passenger numbers at the airport, Ronaldsway boss Ann Reynolds comments on the decision by Manx2 to withdraw from Leeds and Oxford from January.

In Castletown, a bar boss says he’s been the victim of racist abuse after a false rumour spread in the town. We talk to him.

In our leisure and entertainments section, we look forward to Grease, which is due to be performed later in the month.

Former England manager Kevin Keegan is to visit the island. The Manx Independent has details.

In sport, we celebrate Manx achievements in an 80km walk in South Africa. We also look at the Forest Rally, football, golf, athletics and more.

The Manx Indepedent also includes its usual two pages of What’s On.

The paper is in the shops now.

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