UK: Isle of Man sea swimmer did not break laws on gathering

A man accused of breaching the Isle of Man’s Covid laws by swimming in the sea with others has been found not guilty after a trial.

Ian Kirk, of Pinfold Hill, denied taking part in a gathering on Laxey Beach during lockdown on 25 March 2021.

The 36-year-old argued although there were people he knew present, he had not invited them and they did not interact.

High Bailiff Jayne Hughes ruled his actions did not constitute a gathering under the Covid regulations.

Douglas Courthouse heard police went to the beach on 24 March after a report of between 15 and 20 people from “multiple households” swimming in the sea together.

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