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ISLANDERS URGED TO GET COVID TESTS DESPITE LOW CASE RATE

The leader of the Isle of Wight Council has urged us to get Covid tests with the increase of the Delta variant in the country – even though just 5 cases of it have been found on the Island. Speaking at the first cabinet meeting since the elections, Cllr Lora Peacey-Wilcox has reiterated the importance […]
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TAKEAWAY FIRM DELIVEROO REVEALS ISLE OF WIGHT LAUNCH DATE

Online ordering and delivery firm, Deliveroo, has officially confirmed its expected Isle of Wight launch date. As first reported by Island Echo, the delivery firm began its recruitment drive for deliverers on the Island back in April. The firm has since renewed its efforts to get cyclists, scooter riders, motorcyclists, and drivers signed up to […]
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UNANNOUNCED FISHING VESSEL INSPECTIONS TO BE CONDUCTED BY MARITIME AND COASTGUARD AGENCY

Surveyors from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency are to carry out unannounced inspections of fishing vessels across the UK. The inspections are being carried out as part of ongoing work around fishing vessel safety in an industry recognised to be one of the most dangerous in the world. Since November 2020, there have been 8 […]
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NO CORONAVIRUS PATIENTS AT ST MARY’S – WITH JUST 12 IN THE PAST 2 MONTHS

The latest data released by the Government shows that there were no coronavirus patients in St Mary’s Hospital as of the 30th May. The figures also reveal that just 12 people were admitted to hospital on the Isle of Wight following a positive coronavirus test in the previous 2 months – with a total of […]
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POSSIBLE CUTS TO WIGHTLINK SERVICES BETWEEN YARMOUTH AND LYMINGTON

Cuts in the number of sailings on Wightlink’s Yarmouth to Lymington vehicle ferry service could come into force this winter. It’s understood that the ferry firm could reduce its route to a 1 boat service following the change to the Winter timetable, which is expected to take place in October. As it stands, 14 sailings […]
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ISLE OF WIGHT COUNCIL WRONGLY REMOVED SUPPORT FOR BOY WITH MEDICAL NEEDS

A boy, who has visual impairments and other medical conditions, was without the support he needed for months because Isle of Wight Council did not clarify a Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Tribunal’s decision in time, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has found. The boy’s Education Health and Care (EHCP) Plan was considered […]
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AT DEATH’S DOOR! FORMER ISLAND LINE CARRIAGES COULD BE SCRAPPED IF NO BUYER FOUND

Former London Underground trains that have recently retired from service on the Isle of Wight could be scrapped in the next 5 weeks unless a buyer is found for them, according to their current seller. Several carriages from the 1938 tube stock – which was removed from the Island’s railway network as part of a […]
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BOY TAKEN TO HOSPITAL FOLLOWING FALL ON ROCKS IN VENTNOR

A boy who sustained a deep laceration to his knee was taken to hospital after falling on rocks at Ventnor this afternoon (Sunday).  As crowds flock to the seaside for the start of the summer season, Ventnor Coastguard Rescue Team are patrolling the coast this Bank Holiday Weekend. It was at 13:30 that the patrol […]
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18-YEAR-OLD DRINK DRIVER HANDED DISQUALIFICATION

An 18-year-old drink driver has been handed a driving disqualification after registering over 1 and a half times the limit. Emily Rose Williams of Egerton Road, Bembridge, appeared before the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court following the incident on the 8th May. The court heard that Williams had been spotted driving above the speed limit […]
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‘I KNEW I WAS OVER’ – DRINK DRIVER CAUGHT WITH COCAINE RECEIVES 20-MONTH BAN

23-year-old Ashley Hills has been handed a 20-month disqualification from driving after being caught behind the wheel whilst twice the drink-drive limit. Hills, of Mountfield Road in Wroxall, appeared before the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court on Friday (21st May) charged with driving a motor vehicle when alcohol level about limit and possession of a […]
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