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HEART UNIT SAVED FROM CLOSURE

SOUTHAMPTON General Hospital’s children’s congenital heart unit has been saved from closure this evening. Under proposals, the heart unit faced closure following a review conducted by the Joint Committee of Primary Care Trusts. Closure would have meant Island youngsters travelling to Bristol or London for their much needed treatment, instead of the short journey across the Solent. A petition erupted …

RUSH HOUR TAILBACKS AFTER COWES CRASH

TRAFFIC is being diverted via Noke Common this evening followed a crash on the main Newport-Cowes road, causing long tailbacks in the area. The collision has occurred outside the Royal County Show Ground on the outskirts of Cowes. Emergency services are currently on scene and are diverting traffic. On the other side of Newport, temporary traffic lights at Staplers Road …

CAR FLIPS AT GATCOMBE

A car has flipped onto its roof this morning in Gatcombe. The incident has occurred near to the former Whitecroft Hospital at the junction of Whitecombe Road and Sandy Lane. Emergency services are currently on scene. It is unknown if anyone has been injured in the incident. UPDATED @ 09:30 – The scene has now been cleared by Police. No one …

THREE VEHICLE COLLISION IN ARRETON

  THREE vehicles have been involved in a collision this afternoon at the notorious junction of Watery Lane and Winford Road near to the Fighting Cocks pub, Arreton. Police and the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service are currently in attendance, however it is not believed anyone has been seriously injured in the crash which has involved a white Seat Arosa, …

‘ACTUAL’ TRIMARAN WINS ROUND THE ISLAND

AFTER a dramatic start to the 81st J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, ‘Actual’, a Multi-50 trimaran has crossed the finish line in Cowes, winning the 50 nautical mile race. The trimaran, skippered by Yves Le Blevec, was amazingly just 1 minute 27 seconds short of the race record time, completing the course in 3 hours 9 minutes and …

POWER CUT HITS COWES

UPDATED – OVER 1700 properties are without electricity this morning following a fault in the network in Cowes. Southern Electric are currently working towards restoring power in the area, which cut off at around 11:00. Businesses, schools and private homes have all been effected by the outage. UPDATED AT 14:45 – Around 80 homes remain without power this afternoon, however …

MULTI STOREY HOUSE FIRE IN SANDOWN

UPDATED AT 14:00 – EMERGENCY services are currently attending a multi-storey house fire in Central Way, Sandown that has left a family homeless this morning. Three pumping appliances from Newport, Shanklin and Sandown are currently at the two storey semi-detached property alongside paramedics from the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service and officers from Hampshire Constabulary. The blaze has ripped through …

KATE NASH SET FOR BESTIVAL 2012

BESTIVAL  HQ is abuzz with excitement as the definitive festival of the year, set in the leafy surrounds of Robin Hill Country Park on the Isle ofWight, draws tantalisingly close. Tickets are flying out the door for our 2012 Wildlife spectacular – if you haven’t grabbed yours yet, dust of your giant bear jumpsuit and don’t delay, the best party …

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