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COCAINE SEIZED OFF ISLAND’S COAST

TWO Polish men have today appeared in front of Portsmouth Magistrates Court after being caught off the Isle of Wight attempting to import over £20 million pounds worth of cocaine. Officers from the UK Border Agency intercepted the drug-carrying yacht off of the coast of the Island on Sunday afternoon before escorting the vessel into Portsmouth Harbour. Once in port, …

PRIMARK COMING TO THE ISLAND?

FOLLOWING rumours that a Primark store is opening on the Isle of Wight, Island Echo have contacted the company to investigate. It has been rumoured that the much loved chain will be opening a Newport branch in the coming months with potential sites including the former Bon Marché and Peacocks store, the former Millets store and even the now empty Argos …

TWO VEHICLE CRASH IN BRADING

A van and car have collided at the junction of Green Lane and the High Street in Brading. A Ford Transit and a Toyota Corolla have both suffered serious front end damage after coming together on the roundabout entering the town. Emergency services are currently in attendance. It is believed one woman has complained of back pain and is currently …

WATER SUPPLY OUT IN PO33 AND PO34

Water supplies are currently out in the PO33 and PO34 region of the Island. Southern Water are currently investigating where a mains water pipe has burst. The company has three inspectors currently searching the area to find the problem. Supplies have been down for around an hour. UPDATE: Engineers have located the problem to a back garden in Ryde. The …

MAN CRITICAL AFTER RIB DRAMA

A man is this afternoon in a critical condition in hospital after being thrown overboard from a RIB in Osborne Bay, becoming entangled in the craft’s propulsion system. Members of the Royal Yacht Squadron spotted the drama unfolding in front of their eyes as the unknown man went overboard while attempting to lower his anchor, before knocking the throttle control …

TEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED AFTER MOTORCYCLE SMASH

A 17-year-old teenager has been seriously injured this Morning following  a smash on a motorcycle while playing around in a field. It is believed the rider has suffered serious trauma to his head and is in a critical condition. Crews from the Isle of Wight ambulance service were called to he scene in a field at Merstone shortly before 11:00. …

CREWS TACKLE ELECTRICAL FIRE IN COWES

FIREFIGHTERS are currently tackling an electrical fire at The Arcade in Cowes. Two pumping appliances from Newport Fire Station were called shortly after 10:50 this morning to reports of a small fire in an electrical box in the centre of the town. Firefighters have entered the property using breathing apparatus to extinguish the fire. Southern Electric are currently en route …

BOAT BUILDER PROSECUTED OVER SAFETY NEGLECT

AN internationally-known Isle of Wight boat builder has been prosecuted for neglecting safety precautions after a worker fell from wooden staging set up around a boat while it was being refurbished. The employee, who had worked at the yard for 16 years, was attempting to pick up a linisher – a specialist sanding/polishing machine – while working on a vessel …

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