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On the front page, we’ve the latest advice from police after the deaths of five people on the roads during the TT Festival.

We also catch up with fans who are finding it hard to keep dry in their tents as the rain keeps on pouring.

On the back page, we celebrate Michael Rutter’s achievement of the first 100mph average lap on an electric bike. We also report on the remarkable achievement of John McGuinness in the Superstock and the nail-biting finish in the Supersport in our sports pages.

Inside the paper, we have a full report on Treasury Minister Eddie Teare’s proposal to spend £24m of taxpayers’ money on Pinewood Shepperton Studios. We ask him about the VAT issue and talk to Kate Beecroft MHK, a vocal critic of the island’s film industry, about her views.

We were in court when a decorated 22-year-old war hero appeared. He admitted trying to smuggle cocaine into the island hidden in his body and he’s now in jail.

As soon as the TT is over, we can expect major new roadworks. Reporter Jackie Turley finds out about plans for New Castletown Road in Douglas.

We also report on the court case of a young man whose car was involved in an accident. Although the woman he hit later died, he was told he was not responsible for her death.

Remember Alan Shea? He helped to lead the campaign for gay rights when homosexuality was illegal. In 1991, dressed in a concentration camp uniform, he protested on Tynwald Day. We catch up with him now and learn about his civil partnership. How things have changed in 21 years!

Our readers have inundated us with photos of the Olympic flame in the island. We have a special display inside.

There are also pictures of Monday’s fun day in Port Erin, during which at least one pub ran dry, and the Peel in Motion Day on Mad Sunday.

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