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ISLAND’S ACUTE SERVICES AT RISK UNDER MAINLAND MOVE OPTION

The Isle of Wight NHS Trust has confirmed that it will be looking at whether or not it is safe to continue providing some acute services on the Isle of Wight as it struggles to maintain acceptable standards and staffing levels. This week the Labour party have claimed that acute services other than Accident and Emergency and Maternity could be …

VISIT ISLE OF WIGHT TO BRING ‘WE’RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT’ TO THE ISLAND

A landmark deal has been signed between Bear Hunt Films and Visit Isle of Wight which will bring ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ to life in 2018 on the Island. The year-long agreement will see a series of specially themed weekends designed to attract new family visitors to the Island as part of Visit Isle of Wight’s biggest marketing …

BIRD KEEPERS ENCOURAGED TO INCREASE BIOSECURITY FOLLOWING BIRD FLU OUTBREAK

Keepers of birds across the Isle of Wight are being encouraged to apply extra biosecurity following a confirmed outbreak of Bird Flu in Dorset. On Friday (12th January) DEFRA confirmed the finding of Avian Influenza H5N6 in 17 wild birds in South Dorset – the first time Bird Flu has been found this winter. An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone has been established …

DUO AT CENTRE OF ARMED POLICE INCIDENT RELEASED WITHOUT CHARGE

A man and a woman who were arrested following an armed police incident in Sandown on Friday have been released without charge. 5 heavily-armed police officers surrounded a residential property on Downsview at around 16:00 on Friday afternoon, as first reported by Island Echo. The incident concluded around 3 hours later and prompted a forensic investigation the following morning. Hampshire Constabulary …

MAN FOUND ON NEWPORT STREET DIES IN HOSPITAL

A man in his 70s has died in hospital after being found collapsed on a street in Newport last night (Saturday). Police cordoned off Crocker Street between St James’ Street and Holyrood Street shortly after 22:00, as previously reported by Island Echo. The cordon was removed at 00:15 on Sunday morning. Hampshire Constabulary have now confirmed that a man was …

CANDLE CAUSES CARAVAN FIRE IN BEMBRIDGE

A caravan has been damaged by fire at Whitecliff Bay holiday park in Bembridge. The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service mobilised 2 appliances to Hillway Road at just before 21:15 last night (Saturday). Once on scene fire crews discovered that a candle was the blame for starting the fire, which was extinguished using breathing apparatus sets and hose …

FORENSIC EXAMINATION AS HANDGUN RECOVERED IN SANDOWN

UPDATED: Specialist forensic investigators are conducting an examination of the property at the centre of yesterday’s armed Police incident in Sandown, where a handgun was recovered. White suits have been donned and photographs are being taken at the semi-detached property on Downsview, off Perowne Way, where Police have remained throughout the night. At least 5 Armed Officers surrounded the address …

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