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NIGHT-TIME DASH FOR COWES LIFEBOAT

A yacht on a voyage from Jersey to Hamble had to call for assistance in the early hours of Sunday when it was unable to start its engine in the light wind conditions, and was also in a no-anchoring zone. The 46 foot Dido with four people on board, had alerted Solent Coastguards of the problem when off Gurnard, just …

POLICE APPEAL AFTER SHELTER THEFT

Island Police are appealing for more information as an investigation continues into a burglary at sheltered accommodation for the elderly at Gordon Lodge in East Cowes. A man aged in his 70s awoke to find a man in his room stealing cash from a tin. It’s alleged the thief then made his escape from a first floor balcony onto the …

KAYAK PAIR RESCUED

TWO men whose kayak capsized in the Solent yesterday were rescued by Cowes RNLI lifeboat. The alarm was raised by someone on shore dialing 999 at about 1.15 pm after spotting the men waving a paddle about  two miles off Gurnard. The lifeboat crew had just returned to station at Shepards Wharf Marina after four hours of sea training when …

STICKY SITUATION FOR ISLAND ROADS

A Newport road, only recently surface dressed, has had emergency works carried out this week. Scorching temperatures have sent the main Blackwater road between Newport and Merston, outside Bardon Vectis, into a bubbling mess as the tarmac started to melt. Contractors have treated the road and are today laying gravel on top of the repaired roads, causing great plumes of dust. …

CHURCH APPEAL AFTER ARSON ATTACK

A 150-year-old church bier has been badly damaged by fire after a suspected arson attack. The Victorian era bier, which is designed to help carry coffins during burials, was located in a garden shed within the grounds of All Saint’s Church, Freshwater before it was burnt to the ground last Wednesday. Firefighters from Newport Fire Station were called to the …

BUSINESSES ALL FOR STREET CLOSURE

BUSINESSES in Sandown have backed plans to close the main High Street once a week during the school holidays. Around 25 businesses have said they support plans to close the High Street between Albert Road and Pier Street once a week to allow for outside seating and live entertainment to be held, without traffic. The idea was put forward by …

SEWER CAUSES TRAFFIC DELAYS IN WOOTTON

Due to a collapsed sewer, traffic delays are being experienced in the Wootton area. The incident, outside the Cedars Pub, has left a large hole in the road. Contractors are currently working to repair the sewage system. Motorists are advised to find alternative routes especially during this morning’s busy rush-hour period.

SCHOOL FUNDING WELCOMED BY MP

The Island’s MP, Andrew Turner, has welcomed support from the Government for four Island schools in need of upgrading or urgent repair work. An announcement was made yesterday that four Island schools, Carisbrooke College, Christ the King College, Oakfield C of E Aided Primary School (at the former  Bishop Lovett site) and Ryde Academy will receive capital funding to update or …

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