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GKN STAFF FACE CONTRACT CHANGE

EXCLUSIVE: Workers at one of the Island’s largest employers, GKN Aerospace, are facing the possibility of losing their jobs should they not sign a new contract being imposed by the company, Island Echo can exclusively reveal.  Following numerous tip-offs from disgruntled members of the workforce, it is understood GKN Aerospace are putting in place a new contract with longer working hours for similar …

ELDERLY MAN INJURED IN COLLAPSE COLLISION

UPDATED: An elderly man has been rushed to hospital this lunchtime (Thursday) following a serious collision with a vehicle in Binstead. It is understood the unknown man collapsed on the pavement beside Binstead Hill, before falling into the road and being hit by 7.5t John Lewis delivery lorry. Emergency services were called to the scene of the road traffic collision …

BUSY MORNING FOR ISLAND FIRE CREWS

Two separate incidents in the East Wight area have kept fire crews from the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service busy overnight. The first shout came in shortly after 02:30 this morning (Thursday) to reports of a garden fire in Oakfield Road, East Cowes. One pumping appliance from East Cowes attended the scene, where it was discovered decking and …

LEVEL THREE HEATWAVE WARNING

HEALTH WARNING: The Met office has issued a Level 3 Heatwave warning today (Wednesday) indicating temperatures have soared above 31 degrees in the region and the high temperature is expected to continue.  Triggered when the Met Office confirms threshold temperatures for one of more regions have been reached for one day and the following night, and the forecast for the next day has a greater …

THREE CREWS ATTEND CROSS STREET SHOUT

Three pumping appliances from the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service have attended a fire at a property in Ryde this evening (Tuesday). Two retained crews from Ryde and a crew from Newport were dispatched to the scene in Cross Street shortly before 22:00 to reports of a property on fire. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used a hose reel …

MISSING YACHTSMAN DIED OF HYPOTHERMIA

An inquest has today (Tuesday) heard how a sailor from Kingston-upon-Thames died of hypothermia after falling over board from a boat he had just purchased before his body was discovered off of the coast of the Isle of Wight some four days later. Hany Nabil Mustapha had just purchased a boat before setting off from Poole in Dorset on 27th October 2012, …

CLIFF DEATH MAN NAMED

The identity of a body found at the foot of Culver Cliff on Saturday has been revealed as that of Geoffrey Edmunds of Ryde. The 76-year-old, who lived in West Hill Road, is believed to have climbed over a barbed-wire fence near to The Culver Inn pub before stepping over the cliff edge and falling approximately 200ft to his death. A vehicle …

FIRE CREWS RESPOND TO BUILDING BLAZE

UPDATED: Two fire crews from the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service are this afternoon attending a reported building fire in Sandown. Appliances from Ryde and Sandown have been dispatched to a mental health accommodation unit, Sandham House in Fort Street, near to the seafront, following reports of a fire within the property. Firefighters using breathing apparatus have entered …

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