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Lovesick Scot jailed for breaching Covid rules on jet-ski odyssey

Lovesick Scot jailed for breaching Covid rules on jet-ski odyssey”

28-year-old Dale McLaughlan, from North Ayrshire, travelled for four-and-a-half hours from the Isle of Whithorn to Ramsey last Friday (December 11).

Coronavirus restrictions on the tax haven - famous for the annual Tourist Trophy motorcycle race - mean non-residents now require special permission to land on the island.

He also thought the crossing would only take him 40 minutes, but was on the water for far longer, then also had to trek 15 miles on foot before finally arriving at his lover's door, according to the BBC.

The man was given permission in September this year for 1 day, but that was not heard and his subsequent applications were rejected by the island.

Undeterred by the ban and determined to be reunited with Miss Radcliffe, he bought a Jet Ski and set off across the Irish Sea.

McLaughlan's lawyer reportedly told the court that he was so upset by not being able to see his partner due to coronavirus restrictions, he took matters into his own hands.

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McLaughlan admitted to the court that he arrived unlawfully on the island, as he was jailed for four weeks.

On Sunday he was arrested by police after they found out he had arrived illegally and visited nightclubs with his girlfriend.

The Isle of Man has seemingly managed to beat the virus, having gone more than six months without a case of local transmission, where health experts can not track where a patient has picked up the virus.

"The facts are highly unusual", said the island's high deputy bailiff Christopher Arrowsmith in a statement.

It says the government believes it is likely to need "some form of border restrictions" for "some time to come".

Public health officials were satisfied there was no wider risk to the public as a result of the incident, it was reported after the hearing.



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