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UNEXPECTED CLOSURE OF THE CHEQUERS INN AND SHAW’S GARAGE

UPDATED: The Chequers Inn public house on the outskirts of Rookley will be closing its doors this Sunday, whilst Shaw’s Garage in Ryde – operated by the same director – has already closed with the loss of a number of jobs. The unexpected news comes almost a year after Sam and Donna Shaw, who also own The Fighting Cocks in Arreton, …

THREATS OF EXPLOSION CLOSES NEWPORT PETROL STATION

Sainsbury’s petrol station in Newport has re-opened this morning (Saturday) after threats of explosion forced its closure last night. The station, situated on Hunnycross Way, was evacuated and closed at around 21:30 when information was received through 3 phone calls that the building and forecourt was going to ‘explode’. Hampshire Constabulary were alerted to the anonymous tip off and deployed …

FESTIVAL TICKETS NOW ON SALE WITH SPECIAL ISLANDER DISCOUNT

Early Bird and Islander weekend tickets have been released for next year’s Isle of Wight Festival, which is set to take place slightly later than normal between 21st-24th June 2018. Festival goers are now able to buy tickets for a discounted price until 28th November, as well as taking advantage of monthly payment plans and special ferry offers from as little …

22-YEAR-OLD UP IN COURT OVER STABBING IN NEWPORT

UPDATED: 22-year-old Natasha Pink of Caesars Road, Newport is to appear before the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court today (Thursday) accused of the attempted wounding with intent of a 26-year-old man. The man – who has asked not to be named – walked into The Crispin pub at around 21:00 on Tuesday night after he had sustained a puncture wound …

RESCUE FROM HEIGHT AT SPINLOCK IN COWES

UPDATED: The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service are carrying out a rescue at Spinlock in Cowes this afternoon (Wednesday). An aerial ladder platform, a rescue tender and at least 2 other appliances are currently on scene off Three Gates Road, where it is understood firefighters are rescuing a person from height. Emergency services mobilised to the scene at …

POLICE AND COASTGUARD CALLED TO CULVER

UPDATED: Multiple Police units and HM Coastguard are attending Culver Down near Sandown this afternoon (Wednesday). Emergency services have taken up position at the top of the cliff having been alerted to an ongoing situation at just before 13:30. Bembridge Coastguard Rescue Team and Ventnor Coastguard Rescue Team are en-route to the scene. UPDATE – A teenage man has been …

WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER MAN STABBED IN THE CHEST

A 22-year-old woman has been arrested by Police on suspicion of causing grevious bodily harm with intent after a man was stabbed in the chest in Newport last night (Tuesday). As first reported by Island Echo, Police descended on High Street, Newport last night when a man, who was covered in blood, walked into The Crispin pub in front of shocked …

WIGHTFIBRE ANNOUNCES GROUND BREAKING INVESTMENT

WightFibre has announced that it’s secured a £35million investment to build a full-fibre, future proof, ultrafast broadband network across the Isle of Wight.  Cowes-based WightFibre is the first company in the country to receive investment from the government’s new Digital Infrastructure Investment Fund, which was launched by HM Treasury in July this year. Staggering speeds of up to 1Gb (1,000Mb) …

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