Minister backs ferry ID checks during increased terror threat level

The Home Affairs Minister says police in Heysham were right to bring in ID checks for ferry passengers when the UK's terrorism threat level was increased to critical last month.

Passengers travelling to the Island through the Lancashire port were asked for identification before being allowed to board the Ben-my-Chree.

When asked about the move at this month's sitting of Tynwald, Bill Malarkey said officers were quite right to increase security.

He also revealed the Manx police expressed concern over potential delays during TT fortnight as a result of the extra checks.

Mr Malarkey said he wasn't aware of anyone being refused transport as a result of the increased checks.