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CENTRAL STORES BOUGHT BY BARGAIN BOOZE

UPDATED: The Island’s Central Convenience¬†stores are set to be transformed into Bargain Booze Select Convenience¬†outlets as a result of a ¬£25million buy out today (Friday). Conviviality, the owners of Bargain Booze, are in the process of buying a total of 127 Central Convenience stores from WS Retail Ltd, part of the troubled Palmer & Harvey (P&H) group. 12 Spar shops …

NO ARRESTS FOLLOWING INTELLIGENCE-LED IMMIGRATION VISITS

Immigration officials were on the Isle of Wight yesterday (Thursday), but their visits to premises in Cowes and Ventnor didn’t result in any arrests. Officers first visited an address on Newport Road, Cowes at 14:30 yesterday afternoon.¬†A search of the property was carried out but no arrests were made and no further action was taken. The same could be said …

ARMED POLICE DESCEND ON RYDE STREET

UPDATED: Armed Police have taken up position on Arthur Street in Ryde this lunchtime (Thursday) as a result of a ongoing incident. Police have blocked off the road at both ends whilst Armed Response Officers attend to the alert, the details of which remain unclear. 2 officers have located themselves either side of a semi-detached residential property close to the …

FLOATING BRIDGE PULLED FROM SERVICE JUST DAYS AFTER RETURNING

UPDATED: The problematic Cowes Floating Bridge has been suspended once again, just days after restarting a timetabled service between East and West Cowes. Vehicles are facing the now regular and lengthy 10-mile diversion via Newport this morning (Thursday) whilst engineers work to resolve what is understood to be a problem with the vessel’s ramps. It was only last Thursday that …

CRASH CLOSES HARDING SHUTE NEAR BRADING

UPDATED: A road traffic collision has forced the closure of Harding Shute near Brading tonight (Tuesday). Emergency services are currently attending the incident between Beaper Shute and West Lane. The road has been closed in both directions as Police, Fire and ambulance crews deal with the situation. UPDATE @ 23:02 – The male driver of a red Daewoo and a …

IMMERSION HEATER FIRE AT RYDE HOME

UPDATED: Firefighters are tackling a small fire at a property off West Street in Ryde tonight (Tuesday). 2 appliances from Ryde were mobilised to the scene at West Place at around 21:30 following a call from the occupants of the house after they noticed something untoward. Island Echo understands that a small fire has broke out in the electrical component …

COUNCIL WON’T ADVANCE FURTHER MONEY TO CHRIST THE KING COLLEGE

UPDATED: The Isle of Wight Council has this morning (Tuesday) announced that it will not advance any further money to Christ the King College in Newport following an “ill judged‚ÄĚ agreement to lease buildings, which could soon be taken away from the school if they don’t pay an overdue ¬£800,000 bill. Island Echo exclusively revealed last night (Monday) that Christ …

CAR FLIPS ON MIDDLE ROAD

UPDATED: A car has come to rest on its roof after flipping on Middle Road near Chessell this morning (Tuesday).¬† It is thought that icy conditions between Chessell and Tapnell have played a part in the crash, which occurred at around 06:30. Firefighters and a Co-Responder from Freshwater are attending the incident alongside Police and the Isle of Wight Ambulance …

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