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STORM BRINGS RED SKY WARNING ACROSS THE ISLAND

Don’t panic – the red sky isn’t a sign that the end of the world is nigh… it is actually dust from the Sahara desert being blown towards the United Kingdom. Island Echo readers have been highlighting the unusual hues of the sky both last night and this morning. Anyone looking out their windows will see a strong red tinge …

POTENTIALLY FATAL DANGER WASHING UP ON THE ISLAND’S SHORES

UPDATED: Portuguese man o’ war have been washing up on the Island’s shores this week with sightings reported at Yaverland and Compton. The siphonophore – a similar creature to a jellyfish – causes an incredibly painful sting which in some cases can prove fatal. Although most people suffer whip-like injuries, the venom can travel to the lymph nodes and may cause symptoms that mimic …

NORTHWOOD DEATH NOT THOUGHT TO BE SUSPICIOUS

UPDATED: Police investigating the sudden passing of a young woman in Northwood last night (Saturday) are not thought to be treating the death as suspicious. Several Police officers and paramedics from the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service were mobilised to an address in Northwood Close near Cowes at just gone 20:30. Sadly, the life of the patient – a 21-year-old …

LIFEBOAT LAUNCHED AFTER BOAT RUNS AGROUND AT BEMBRIDGE

Bembridge RNLI’s inshore lifeboat ‘Norman Harvey’ (D-778) was launched at the request of Solent Coastguard at just before 21:00 last night (Saturday). The volunteer crew and their D-class lifeboat were tasked to assist the 23ft Angling Boat ‘Scorpio’ – with 2 crew on board – that had run aground just inside Bembridge Harbour on a falling tide. The ‘Norman Harvey’ …

19-YEAR-OLD TO APPEAR IN COURT OVER ATTEMPTED DUMPER TRUCK THEFT

19-year-old Ben Cooney of Atkinson Drive, Newport is to appear before the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court this morning (Saturday) following the attempted theft of a dumper truck on Thursday night. As first reported by Island Echo, Police descended on Bluebell Meadows at around 22:00 when neighbours rumbled a man attempting to steal a dumper truck from a construction site at Godric Road.

WARNING AND RECALL ISSUED FOLLOWING E.COLI OUTBREAK

UPDATED: Public health, environmental health and food standards experts are asking people who may have bought raw (unpasteurised) milk from an Isle of Wight farm to return or dispose of it, following an outbreak of E. coli O157 which has affected 4 people and has led to the hospitalisation of 3 others. Public Health England South East’s Hampshire and Isle of …

RESIDENTS FOIL ATTEMPTED DUMPER TRUCK THEFT

UPDATED: Residents living on Bluebell Meadows in Newport have foiled an attempted dumper truck theft tonight (Thursday), but significant damage has been sustained to cars and gardens. The incident began at around 22:00 when commotion was heard as the dumper – situated on a work site at the bottom of the Meadows – crashed through metal barriers. Island Echo understands …

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