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Manx farmers welcome new balloon and lantern laws

CREDIT: ANNA KERRUISH

Items pose threat to countryside

The Manx Farmers' Union has welcomed a change in the law which bans the release of helium balloons and sky lanterns.

It's in a bid to combat litter, wildfires and the threat the items can pose to wildlife and livestock.

In 2014 the MFU called for them to be made illegal after a cow died from swallowing lantern wire.

Vice President Ean Parsons says they find the items at least once a week:

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