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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) …

2-DAY STRIKE BEGINS ON ISLAND LINE

Train services between Ryde Pier Head and Shanklin have been cancelled until Friday morning as staff begin 2 days of strike action. As previously reported by Island Echo, staff are joining colleagues from across the country in industrial action over the uncertain future of the role of guards on train services. Although no trains will be running today or tomorrow …

MAN ‘COVERED IN BLOOD’ STAGGERS INTO NEWPORT PUB

UPDATED: A man has been taken to hospital tonight (Tuesday) after reportedly staggering into a Newport pub ‘covered in blood’. The unusual incident is said to have occurred sometime before 21:00 at The Crispin in Newport High Street. 4 Police cars descended on the scene alongside paramedics from the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service. It remains unclear at this time …

ISLE OF WIGHT NEWS NOW AVAILABLE ON ALEXA DEVICES

Accessing Isle of Wight news is now easier than ever before thanks to a collaboration between Island Echo and Solent Create, with the latest headlines available on all Alexa-enabled devices from today (Tuesday). Islanders can now simply ask their Alexa powered device – such as an Amazon Echo – for a ‘flash briefing’, and summaries of the latest top 3 stories from …

BURST WATER MAIN LEADS TO ROAD CLOSURE IN RYDE

An emergency closure has been put in place on Green Street in Ryde this afternoon (Tuesday) due to a burst water main. Southern Water engineers are on site and are preparing to commence repairs to the 2-inch pipe. The burst has resulted in water flowing down the carriageway. Green Street has been closed in both directions between West Street and …

£90,000 GRANTED TO ISLAND’S INDEPENDENT LIFEBOATS

Freshwater Independent Lifeboat, Sandown & Shanklin Independent Lifeboat and Ryde Inshore Rescue have jointly received almost £90,000 from the government to help keep Islanders and visitors safe. Water rescue charities across the country have been awarded £1million in funding for vital rescue equipment, with £63,000 of that going to Ryde Inshore Rescue for a new lifeboat. The award amount is the …

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