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BINSTEAD PRIMARY SCHOOL CLOSED DUE TO BOILER ISSUE

Binstead Primary School near Ryde has been closed to students today (Thursday) as a result of there being no heating or hot water. Parents were told of the issue earlier this morning with hopes that the school would open slightly later than normal. However, engineers have been unable to fix the boiler issue and therefore the school is to remain …

FURTHER WARNING ISSUED FOR WINDY CONDITIONS

The Met Office has issued yet another yellow weather warning for strong winds across the Isle of Wight this morning (Thursday). A spell of strong and gusty winds will move eastwards throughout today with delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport likely. Gusts of 50-60mph are expected fairly widely with some gusts reaching 65-75mph along exposed coasts. It is likely …

GREEN LANE CROWNED LIGHT UP THE WIGHT WINNER

A well-thought-out and colourful display of lights, complete with a giant homemade Christmas tree, has been crowned the winner of Light up the Wight 2017. Entry number 9 – Green Lane on the corner of King Edward’s Close – received the highest number of votes in this year’s Christmas lights competition, which saw a total of 1,406 votes cast during …

‘PERSON IN THE WATER’ RESCUE AT SHANKLIN

UPDATED: HM Coastguard and the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service are in attendance at Shanklin Esplanade this afternoon (Wednesday) where at least 1 casualty has been pulled from the water. Emergency services were alerted to 2 persons in the water opposite The Napier complex at just before 13:45, prompting a response from Ventnor Coastguard Rescue Team, 2 ambulances and an ambulance …

FALLEN TREES CLOSE ROADS ACROSS THE ISLAND

UPDATED: Island Roads are working to clear a number of fallen trees from the road network this morning (Wednesday) following 89mph winds overnight. Contractors are on scene at Pondwell Hill/Calthorpe Road near Nettlestone where a tree has come down across the carriageway. Meanwhile on the other side of the Island, a tree is blocking Newport Road in Niton. Trees have …

MAN FALLS FROM SCAFFOLDING IN COWES

UPDATED: A man has been taken to St Mary’s Hospital by ambulance following a fall from scaffolding in Cowes this afternoon (Tuesday). Emergency services were called to the scene of the incident on Victoria Road near the junction with St Mary’s Road at around 13:45. It is unclear how serious the man’s injuries are or how the fall came about. …

2017 IN PICTURES: YEAR REVIEW

VIDEO AND PICTURES: As one year draws to a close and another begins, we take a look back through the Island Echo archives and review the past 12 months in pictures. Here is a reminder of some of the breaking news stories (out of 3,500 articles we published) that made the headlines in 2017. You can also see our video highlights above. …

STRONG WINDS AND LARGE WAVES FORECAST FOR WEDNESDAY

UPDATE: A yellow weather warning has been issued for strong winds, large waves and potential damage to property on Wednesday. The Met Office is forecasting that gusts of 80mph could be experienced here in the South between the hours of 00:05 and 22:00. As a result of the gusty winds, combined with a period of high tides, it’s likely that …

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