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JON PLATT TO PAY £2,000 IN COSTS AS HE IS FOUND GUILTY

Local father Jon Platt has been ordered to pay £2,000 and has been given a criminal record after being found guilty of taking his daughter on holiday as an unauthorised absence from school at the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court today (Friday). The same court previously declared that Mr Platt had ‘no case to answer’, but following a long legal battle – …

POLICE NAME COWES MAN KILLED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH

30-year-old Peter Kilshaw of Terminus Road, Cowes has been named as the victim of Wednesday’s fatal road traffic collision between Shalfleet and Porchfield. As previously reported by Island Echo, emergency services were called to the scene of the crash on Corf Road at the junction of Town lane at around 17:50 on Wednesday evening. Despite the best efforts of local …

FURTHER CANCELLATIONS AS STAFF SHORTAGE CONTINUES FOR WIGHTLINK

Wightlink have announced that they are to cancel 4 sailings on their Fishbourne-Portsmouth car ferry service tomorrow morning (Saturday) – that’s in addition to the 4 cancellations today. On Wednesday the cross-Solent operator announced that a number of sailings were being cancelled for Friday due to staff shortage for today. Now, it has now been confirmed that the staff shortage …

BACK-TO-BACK SHOUTS FOR YARMOUTH LIFEBOAT

Yarmouth RNLI lifeboat received 2 requests for help 1 immediately after the other and both to similar incidents in the Western Solent earlier this afternoon (Thursday). The first request to launch came from Solent Coastguard at 14:21 in response to a Pan-Pan distress call from a yacht which had run aground on Black Rock just off Yarmouth. The second shout …

FEARS OF A LARGE BUILDING FIRE IN RYDE DOUSED

Fears that a large fire had broken out in a multi-storey building on Nelson Street in Ryde prompted a significant response from the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service earlier this afternoon (Thursday). 6 appliances from Ryde, East Cowes, Newport and Shanklin – plus the Aerial Ladder Platform from Ryde – were mobilised to the scene between Castle Street …

COWES MOTORCYCLIST KILLED IN CRASH NEAR PORCHFIELD

A 30-year-old man from Cowes has been killed in a road traffic collision between Shalfleet and Porchfield, Hampshire Constabulary have confirmed. Emergency services, including the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, were called to the scene at around 17:50 yesterday evening (Wednesday). The incident happened at the junction of Town Lane and Corf Road on a right-left bend as …

ROUTINE OPERATIONS DELAYED AS ST MARY’S STRUGGLES WITH PRESSURE

A significantly high number of very poorly patients admitted to hospital and ongoing difficulties in discharging patients has resulted in the need to postpone some inpatient surgery at St Mary’s Hospital. In the last week (Wednesday 14th to Tuesday 20th June) 1,408 people have phoned NHS 111, a 13% increase on the same week in 2016. 952 people have attended …

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