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SUBWAY TO OPEN NEWPORT STORE

Subway, a leading fast food chain, is set to open a second store on the Island. Up to 10 jobs will be created when the company open a new store in Town Lane, Newport by the end of May. It will join the likes of McDonalds, KFC and local fast food outlets in the town, alongside restaurants Pizza Hut and Pizza Express. …

GKN FINED FOR SAFETY BREACH

East Cowes firm GKN Aerospace have been prosecuted today for failing to meet safety regulations for a least six years, leaving a number of employees with permanent nerve damage. At a court hearing in Portsmouth today, it was heard how five workers based at the firm’s East Cowes factory have been left with damage to their circulation and nerve systems …

BLOCKBUSTER BUY-OUT SAVES TWO ISLAND STORES

The future of two Blockbuster stores on the Isle of Wight have been secured after the national-chain was bought out yesterday. Following the purchase of 264 stores, it has been confirmed that Ryde and Shanklin will remain open under the new ownership securing a number of jobs for Island residents. Investment company Gordon Brothers Europe purchased 264 stores in the …

FIRE AT THE OLD COMICAL PUB

TWO pumping appliances from the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service have been called to The Old Comical Pub in Sandown this evening. Crews were called around 17:25 to reports of a chimney fire at the historic pub, the oldest in Sandown. Thankfully, the fire has been extinguished by firefighters using a bucket of water. The pub remains open …

DANGEROUS ACTIONS AS VANDALS STRIKE AGAIN

Vandals have put lives in danger for the second time this month when a temporary traffic light was removed from roadworks in Ventnor last night (Friday). As Island Echo reported earlier this month, a set of expensive mobile traffic lights were damaged when callous vandals smashed the light fittings on one set at Newport Road, Ventnor, meaning traffic was not being controlled which …

CAR FLIPS IN ASHEY

A small car has flipped on Ashey Road just off of The Downs this evening. The silver Ford Ka overturned opposite the entrance to West Ashey Farm, on a tight bend, shortly before 22:00. Island Echo understands that two vehicles were involved in the collision. Police were in attendance at the scene, which has since been cleared in the last …

BOMB DISPOSAL ATTEND ‘ORDNANCE’ WASHED UP ON BEACH

UPDATED: Coastguard rescue teams were called this morning (Friday) to reports that a piece of ordnance, believed to be a hand grenade, had washed up on a beach on the South Coast of the Island. Island Echo received reports at  11:57 of the Coastguard Rescue 4×4 heading towards the Freshwater Bay area on a blue light run. A stretch of Compton …

PATIENT MEDIVAC IN SHANKLIN

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance has landed at the County Ground off of Green Lane in Shanklin to carry out a patient medivac this morning. It is understood that the patient has been transferred by land ambulance from a property in Coronation Gardens to the awaiting helicopter, which landed just before 10:30. The air ambulance is often used …

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