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Anti-paedophile vetting plans scrapped on Isle of Man

Plans to create a new vetting system aimed at identifying paedophiles have been scrapped by the Isle of Man government.

It is in line with the UK government's decision in June to drop Labour's Vetting and Barring scheme, which was to have been introduced in July.

The scheme would have widened the vetting criteria to possibly include those who give friends' children lifts.

Rushen MHK Quintin Gill said it would be "bizarre" if the plans went ahead.

'Alienating scheme'

Mr Gill said: "It's not appropriate, it's not proportionate and it's not effective and therefore the British government is putting a block on the whole scheme.

"We need to introduce a more efficient, more user-friendly and less alienating scheme than the previous one.

"It would have been frankly bizarre if we had said we're going to carry on anyway."

UK Home Secretary Theresa May announced in June that children's safety was "paramount", but a modified vetting scheme would be created along "common sense" lines.

Ministers feared that Labour's scheme would drive a wedge between adults and children.

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