Just wondering if any Manx person can tell me if Birching is still on the statute books? A couple of low life thieves a few days ago ripped off (literally) some bronze vases at a local Crematorium and then tried to sell them for scrap metal, they have been arrested by the way. Discussing it with my son I mentioned it's a shame people like that aren't Birched on top of any other sentence they will get. I then related about some youths from mainland England, London I think, who got up to mischief on the Isle of Man and were Birched on their backsides, this would be pre 1974. I remember that when they arrived back in England during a news interview they made it clear they wouldn't want that experience ever again. I've often thought it would be a good punishment for a lot of the senseless acts of violence we are seeing these days.