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TEEN SENTENCED FOR BESTIVAL TICKET SCAM

A teenager who admitted selling thousands of pounds worth of fake tickets to Bestival 2015 has been sentenced to 21 months in a young offender institution today (Friday).  Benjamin Hyland-Ward, 19, of Saltdean near Brighton, left around 375 people disappointed after taking about £60,000 for tickets that he failed to produce or provide a refund for. He was arrested back in …

TERRY’S CHRISTMAS LIGHTS RAISE OVER £4000 FOR CHARITY

Cheques totaling over £4000 have been handed over to 3 worthy causes this afternoon (Friday) following the success of the Long Lane Christmas Lights display in Newport last month. Terry and Sue Ramplin have been inviting members of the public to enjoy their magical display of lights for some 17 years – and Christmas just gone was no exception. Thanks to the support …

FALL IN THE NUMBER OF PHYSICAL ASSAULTS ON NHS STAFF

The number of reported physical assaults against staff working at the Isle of Wight NHS Trust has fallen by 9%. Figures for 2015/16 recently published by NHS Protect, which leads on work to identify and tackle crime across the health service, show there were 82 physical assaults reported by Isle of Wight NHS Trust in 2015/16 on NHS staff working …

£44,745 CASH BOOST FOR ISLE OF WIGHT LAW CENTRE

The Isle of Wight Law Centre will provide support to more homeless people in the community thanks to a £44,745 3-year grant from Lloyds Bank Foundation. The grant will enhance its current Private Rented Sector Access service, a project that works in partnership with private sector landlords to rehouse homeless people rehoused by the charity and provides ongoing support, advice …

BEST OF THE ISLAND’S BUSINESSES RECOGNISED AT AWARDS CEREMONY

There was cause for celebration for business winners at the Red Funnel My Isle of Wight Awards on Wednesday night, for making the Island a ‘special place to visit in 2016’. The proud winners were announced at this week’s awards event at The Cow Co at Tapnell Farm after over 34,000 votes were cast for Isle of Wight businesses across 24 …

14 ISLAND ARRESTS DURING POLICE CHRISTMAS CRACKDOWN

Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Police (TVP) arrested a total of 538 people for drink and/or drug-driving during their Christmas campaign, Operation Holly. During the campaign, which ran from 1st December to 1st January, the number of people arrested for drink/drug driving was 14, an increase of 4 compared to 2015. In Hampshire, 222 arrests were made whilst in the Thames …

COLD CALLER REMINDER TO ISLAND RESIDENTS

Island residents are being reminded to be alert to cold callers at the door.  Recent reports in the region involve a cold caller purporting to be an officer from the Office of Fair Trading investigating a company that previously did work at the resident’s address.  The resident may be told they are due some compensation, and may be asked for …

ISLAND FESTIVAL ORGANISERS GET ARTS COUNCIL FUNDING

The small team of Island volunteers that act as the creative force behind the Mondomix Festival are celebrating this week, having received further funding from Arts Council England through the parent organisation The World Village Project. The Mondomix Festival of New Empowering Music, which focuses on bringing to the Island a diverse range of world influenced music, is proving to …

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