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FUNDRAISERS TAKE A NEW YEAR’S DIP FOR RYDE RESCUE

31 people braved taking a dip in the Solent this morning (New Year’s Day) in aid of Ryde Inshore Rescue. The inaugural event, which took place at Appley, certainly went according to plan and really helped kick start the life-saving charity’s fundraising efforts for 2018. A good crowd gathered to cheer on those running into the sea despite the rather …

ANPR PARKING AND TRAFFIC BARRIER TO GO LIVE AT ST MARY’S

A new car parking system and traffic barrier will go live at St Mary’s Hospital on Tuesday (2nd January) to make parking easier for visitors and to stop vehicles using the site as a rat-run. Following a period of commissioning and testing, the automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) system is now ready to be activated on 2nd January at 06:00 and affects the main …

PRISONER GIVEN EXTRA 5 YEARS FOR SETTING FIRE TO HMP ISLE OF WIGHT

39-year-old Dino Laximidas has been sentenced to a further 5 years in prison after setting fire to HMP Isle of Wight almost 3 years ago. A major incident was declared on 18th February 2015 as a blaze ripped through 2 floors of Alpha Wing at Albany prison, resulting in 7 fire engines, an aerial appliance and 8 ambulances attending the scene off …

CHESNEY HAWKES JOINS JACK UP THE 80S SUMMER PARTY

English pop singer, songwriter and actor Chesney Hawkes will be setting sail for the Isle of Wight in August to join hit makers Leo Sayer, T’Pau, Toyah, Jaki Graham and Five at Jack up the 80s. Chesney Hawkes’ career began at 19, when he appeared as the title character in the film “Buddy’s Song” alongside Roger Daltrey. He is best …

19 HOURS AT SEA FOR YARMOUTH RNLI OVER CHRISTMAS PERIOD

With 3 shouts over 3 days, the volunteer crew of the Yarmouth RNLI All Weather Lifeboat spent over 19 hours out on the water during the Christmas period. The crew’s pagers first went off at 20:21 on Boxing Day when they were tasked by Solent Coastguard with relieving Bembridge RNLI from their day watch over the Russian cargo ship ‘Mekhanik …

DRIVING ‘TOO FAST FOR THE CONDITIONS’ LED TO BRADING DOWNS DEATH

The death of 20-year-old Mikey Mason in a road traffic collision on Brading Downs earlier this year was as a result of driving ‘too fast for the road conditions’, but the Isle of Wight’s coroner has not been able to conclusively say what effect cannabis had on his driving ability. An inquest has heard how Mikey, of Lane End Road, Bembridge, …

5 CANDIDATES VYING FOR CENTRAL WIGHT SEAT

5 candidates have put their names forward for next month’s by-election for the local council seat of Central Wight. Back in May of this year Bob Seely was once again elected councillor for Central Wight, but just a month later he was elected MP for the Isle of Wight. Despite initially saying he could carry out both roles, Mr Seely …

ISLAND’S COMMERCIAL FISHERMAN URGED TO TAKE UP FREE SAFETY TRAINING

Seafish is appealing to the Isle of Wight’s commercial fishermen to take advantage of its funding for free training to refresh and advance their safety knowledge and skills ahead of 31st March 2018, when current funding is due to end. The call from Seafish comes as the industry reflects on a 10-year period that saw over 3,300 accidents involving UK …

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