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IMMIGRATION TEAMS ARREST ALBANIAN MAN AT COWES CAR WASH

Home Office Immigration Teams have visited a car wash in Cowes this afternoon (Friday), arresting a 31-year-old Albanian man. Officers arrived on the Island at lunchtime as part of an intelligence-led operation, making their way to Somerton to visit the ‘British Hand Car Wash’ opposite BAE Systems. A spokesperson for the Home Office has said: “Acting on intelligence, Immigration Enforcement …

NEW COUNCIL EXECUTIVE ANNOUNCED

UPDATED: The Leader of the Isle of Wight Council, Councillor Dave Stewart, has named his Executive that will take care of the leadership of the authority until the local council elections in May 2017. It’s all change at the top with plenty of local councillors taking up new roles, including Cllr Jon Gilbey for Major Contracts Management (Waste, PFI) and …

EMERGENCY CREWS CALLED TO CARISBROOKE CRASH

UPDATED: Emergency services, including the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service are attending a road traffic collision on the outskirts of Carisbrooke tonight (Thursday). 2 fire appliances and a rescue tender from Newport are on scene alongside Police and Paramedics at Whitcombe Road, near the junction with Froglands Lane. They were called at just before 22:15. It is thought 2 …

REVISED WIGHTLINK TIMETABLE FOLLOWING FIRE

UPDATED: Wightlink are to run a revised timetable on their Fishbourne-Portsmouth car ferry service tomorrow (Friday) following this morning’s fire on board St Faith. With the mid-Solent blaze ruling the 27-year-old ferry out of action and St Clare away for refit, Wightlink are left with a 2-vessel service with the remaining Wight Sun and St Cecilia ferries. As first reported …

BLACK SMOKE BILLOWS FROM WIGHTLINK FERRY

UPDATED: A plume of black smoke has been seen to be billowing from the Wightlink car ferry in the Solent this morning (Thursday).  Several Island Echo readers have got in touch after seeing the thick, black smoke rising from the vessel ‘St Faith’ the middle of the Solent. Island Echo understands there has been a fire on the bridge of the …

KAISER CHIEFS TO PLAY ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL

Kaiser Chiefs have this morning (Thursday) been announced as one of the latest acts set to perform at this year’s Isle of Wight Festival. The chart-topping group will perform on the Main Stage, joining the likes of the already-announced Arcade Fire, David Guetta and Rod Stewart. It has also been announced that Texas, Jonas Blue and Example will be playing …

COUNCILLOR STEWART ELECTED AS NEW COUNCIL LEADER

Councillor Dave Stewart has been elected as the new leader of the Isle of Wight Council tonight (Wednesday). Following the shock resignation of Cllr Jonathan Bacon as Leader and Cllr Steve Stubbings as Deputy Leader, councillors had been tasked with electing a new leader to take the Isle of Wight Council forward in the run up to May’s local elections. …

REDUNDANCY RISK FOR GURIT WORKFORCE

UPDATED: Gurit UK Ltd have begun a consultation on further redundancies at their Newport site today (Tuesday), it has been confirmed to Island Echo. The composite manufacturing firm situated on St Cross Business Park say they have entered a period of consultation to discuss ‘potential minor adjustments’ to their workforce. It is unclear just how many positions are at risk and when the redundancies are …

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