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ARREST MADE AFTER CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO CARS IN EAST COWES

UPDATED: Officers investigating criminal damage to a total of 16 vehicles in East Cowes last week have made an arrest. A 21-year-old man from East Cowes has been arrested on suspicion of 3 counts of criminal damage to property valued under £5,000. UPDATE @ 17:36 – Jerry Lee Russell, 21, of Gort Road, East Cowes has been charged with 3 counts of criminal damage …

COUNCIL LEADER AIMS TO TACKLE THE ISLAND’S ‘BRAIN DRAIN’

Isle of Wight Council Leader, Cllr Dave Stewart has today (Thursday) said that more must be done to encourage young people to stay on the Island and stop the ‘brain drain’ to the mainland that risks harming future economic viability. Cllr Stewart said Conservatives will look to setting up a joint approach between the Council, schools and businesses to address the …

POLICE INVESTIGATE TYRE SLASHING IN RURAL AREAS

Police on the Isle of Wight are investigating instances of tyres being slashed in rural parts of the Island. On 21st January it was reported that a sheep trailer situated on a farm in Whitwell had its 4 tyres slashed by currently unidentified persons. Then, just a week later, 4 tyres were slashed on a trailer and another on a …

ISLAND SCHOOLS HEAD TO POMPEY FOR ROCK CHALLENGE AND J ROCK

A total of 13 schools will be traveling across to the Solent to Portsmouth next week to take part in the 2017 Rock Challenge and J Rock competition, entitled the ‘Education through Creation’ tour. Rock Challenge was introduced to the United Kingdom in 1996 by Hampshire Constabulary with the aim to help young people enjoy school and live pro-active and …

LOCAL JOBS BOOST THANKS TO MHI VESTAS OFFSHORE WIND JOBS FAIR

The Isle of Wight’s economy has been given a boost thanks to a further recruitment drive by MHI Vestas Offshore Wind (MVOW), manufacturers of blades for offshore wind turbines. As part of this further recruitment drive MVOW held a jobs fair back in November that was attended by over 500 men and women from across the island – partially thanks …

REDUCE GRASS CUTTING TO MAKE ISLAND MORE BEAUTIFUL SAYS COUNCIL LEADER

Council Leader Dave Stewart has said the Isle of Wight Council should consider less cutting of grass verges this spring to promote wild flowers and insects, and make the island more beautiful. The new green initiative is the first part of an action plan he wants the Council to implement in consultation with conservation and tourism bodies to help wildlife …

SHANKLIN CLIFF LIFT BRIDGE TO BE REPLACED WITH PERMANENT STRUCTURE

Work to install a new, permanent replacement link bridge for Shanklin Cliff Lift is to begin this week, 2 years after the previous footbridge was condemned. In March 2015 the cliff lift was shut to the public due to concerns about the condition of the footbridge, prompting a temporary structure to be erected. In March 2016 work began to upgrade the lift mechanism …

SAFE STOLEN FROM CHURCH FOUND IN FIELD

A safe that was stolen from a church in Brook earlier this month has been found in a field in Shorwell. Police are investigating the incident in which a safe and its contents were taken from St Mary’s Church in the rural village of Brook at the beginning of February. A silver Jeep Cherokee and a Blue Line trailer, which are …

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