Breaking News First reported by Island Echo


UPDATED: A search is underway for a vulernable missing person in Whippingham tonight (Friday).

Police officers are present near St Mildred’s Church on Beatrice Avenue on the outskirs of East Cowes.

It’s here that WightSAR – the Island’s voluntary search and rescue team – have also set up their rendezvous point.

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It is apparant that search teams are focusing on an area of woodland and open field not far from the former SARO works on the banks of the River Medina.

The search began around 18:00.

Hampshire Constabulary have not issued any public appeal for information at this time.

UPDATE @ 21:54 – An appeal for information relating to missing 44-year-old Darren Jones has now been issued by Police. Read more at

UPDATE SATURDAY @ 16:30 – Mr Young has returned home safe and well this afternoon. The search has been called off.

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