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BIG PARADE BRINGS ISLAND COMMUNITY TOGETHER

VIDEO AND PHOTOS: Crowds lined the streets of Ryde yesterday (Saturday) to watch a spectacular coming together of the Island community in celebration of the second annual Isle of Wight Day. Bunting, music and smiles were aplenty as The Big Parade set off from Dover Street before working its way through the town and along to the Esplanade to Simeon …

HOUSING BENEFIT CLAIMANTS TO RECEIVE MONEY A DAY LATE

Due to a mistake by the Isle of Wight Council, Housing Benefit payments due to be received by Islanders in their bank account on Monday (25th September) will now not be received until Tuesday (26th September). The Council has apologised for the mistake and recognises that some Islanders may experience difficulties with this. Landlords are being asked to be considerate. A …

BEMBRIDGE TEEN SUFFERED CARDIAC ARREST DAYS AFTER HEROIN OVERDOSE

An 18-year-old teenager from Bembridge died following a cardiac arrest just days after overdosing on heroin, an inquest has this week heard. The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance was called into action on 13th August last year when 18-year-old William Gear-Bayliss was found unconscious at his home on Dennett Road, Bembridge. Firefighters from nearby Sandown were called in …

SUSPENDED SENTENCE FOR GODSHILL PENSIONER AFTER GUN INCIDENT

67-year-old David Lench has been given an 8 month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, following an incident which sparked Armed Police to descend on the village of Godshill back in June. On the afternoon of 6th June Armed Police moved in on a property in Freshwater where 4 officers surrounded a residential address. It soon emerged that Police were at the …

POLICE ESTABLISH NO BLAME IN CHILLERTON CRASH

Police investigating a serious crash on the outskirts of Chillerton, which resulted in a motorcyclist losing his leg, have established that neither the car driver nor the motorcyclist were to blame for the accident. Emergency services were called to Berry Shute between Chillerton and Billingham on the morning of 14th April this year following reports of a road traffic collision. …

MENDI BELL TO VISIT THE ISLAND’S SHIPWRECK CENTRE

The Maritime Archaeology Trust have announced the short-term loan of the ship’s bell from SS Mendi, which was wrecked off the Isle of Wight in 1917. The bell will be on display at the Shipwreck Centre and Maritime Museum at Arreton Barns for 1 week only from Monday 25th to Friday 29th September 2017. In 1974, the resting place of the …

YARMOUTH LIFEBOAT TO FEATURE IN ‘SAVING LIVES AT SEA’ EPISODE

The next episode in the second series of BBC2’s RNLI documentary ‘Saving Lives at Sea’, which airs at 20:00 on Tuesday (26th September), will feature footage of the Yarmouth Lifeboat in action and interviews with the Coxswain and members of the volunteer crew. Tuesday night’s episode will include film footage of 2 rescues carried out by the Yarmouth RNLI Lifeboat …

FREE PARKING FOR ISLE OF WIGHT DAY

In celebration of Isle of Wight day tomorrow (Saturday 23rd September), there will be free parking in selected Council car parks across the Island. It is hoped the move will encourage people to support Island businesses and Isle of Wight Day events. The locations and car park areas are as follows: Cowes • Cross Street – free parking although maximum …

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