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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 …

WIGHTLINK TO CUT HALF-HOURLY SAILINGS NEXT WINTER

Wightlink has announced that from October it will be cutting its half-hourly sailings on the Fishbourne to Portsmouth route as a result of the introduction of a new, larger ship. The cross-Solent operator’s Winter timetable for 2018/2019 will be open for booking in the next few weeks, but those intending to travel with Wightlink will discover that the half-hourly sailings …

RUNAWAY LORRY CRASHES INTO TREES AT COWLEAZE

UPDATED: A runaway lorry has been severely damaged after smashing through a fence and into a number of trees on Cowleaze Hill near Shanklin today (Thursday). Debris has been left scattered as a result of the Heavy Goods Vehicle and trailer rolling down the steep hill before clipping a bank, veering off to the right, wiping out a wooden fence and …

DEMOLITION OF SANDOWN’S WIGHT CITY COMPLEX BEGINS

Work to demolish Sandown’s Wight City complex has finally begun this week, marking another milestone in the regeneration of the seaside town. Contractors Ryde Demolition have moved onto the site at the junction of Fort Street and Culver Parade and have started the prep work to bring the eyesore to the ground. Wight City was once the thriving home of …

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