Severe gales cancel Isle of Man ferry sailings

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Gale force winds in the Irish Sea have forced the cancellation of ferries to and from the Isle of Man.

The Isle of Man Met Office has predicted severe winds reaching up to gale force ten.

The Steam Packet Company's evening and early morning sailings between Heysham and Douglas have been cancelled due to winds of up to 70mph (104km/h).

A company spokesman said Friday's sailings at 08:45 (GMT) and 14:15 are also subject to disruption.

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