News from the centre

If you’re interested in news from around the centre of the Island, this is the place to find it. If you’ve got a story lead, or have news from your part of the Island that you’d like us to share with our readers, get in touch.

V-Dub Festival is on the move

VW Campers at V-Dub Festival

As well as moving to the outskirts of Newport, the V-Dub Festival, which has been gaining support since 2011, plans to move to the beginning of the school summer holidays.

Friday, 27th February, 2015 9:22am

By Sally Perry

Police appeal after man found unconscious in lay-by

Emergency call:

Police have issued an appeal to taxi drivers who may be able to help after a man was found unconscious in lay-by in Newport on Saturday morning.

Thursday, 26th February, 2015 11:27am

By Hampshire Constabulary

Tributes pour in for firefighter Martin Poynter

Martin Poynter

Our thoughts are with Martin Pointer's family, friends and colleagues.

Thursday, 26th February, 2015 10:25am

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Island flautist to perform as soloist with IW Symphony Orchestra

iwso - cor englais

We can't recommend these concerts highly enough - 70 musicians crammed onto the stage at Medina Theatre, performing beautiful music to a high quality.

Wednesday, 25th February, 2015 9:07am

By Tim Isard

Dramatic video of electricity sub-station fire

Newport sub station explosions 22 Feb 2015

Many thanks to Graham Murphy for sending through this video of last night's fire. It must have been scary to have been near to - it sounded like fireworks.

Monday, 23rd February, 2015 9:18pm

By Simon Perry

Time travel over 60 years from Cowes to Carisbrooke (video)

Split Screen video - Cowes - Google Earth

We absolutely love these split screen videos created by Grant Selby that take you on a journey above the Island over a 60 year period.

Friday, 20th February, 2015 7:28pm

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

Renewed hope for Islander who had fallen through the NHS gap

Sam Farren

We're pleased to report a very positive update on the case of Sam Farren who was desperate for to be seen by a consultant in Southampton.

Friday, 20th February, 2015 5:22pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Letter: Why do Southern Housing Group keep locking me out of my garage?


This Southern Housing Group tenant has come to the end of her tether after the padlock on her rented garage has been changed (stopping her from getting inside) not once, but twice by SHG and apparently all without good reason.

Thursday, 19th February, 2015 5:02pm

By Anonymous with 7 readers' comments

Promised surgery vanishes for desperately-ill Islander leaving her stuck on a ward for six days

Sam Farren in hospital bed - cropped

It's every parent's nightmare - Their child falls seriously ill, then the desperately-needed promised treatment vanishes.

Thursday, 19th February, 2015 1:41pm

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

Prisoners treated after fire at prison

Prison Bars

Several prisoners were transferred to St Mary's Hospital for treatment following a fire at HMP Isle of Wight last night.

Thursday, 19th February, 2015 9:36am

By Sally Perry with 19 readers' comments

Thieves steal Newport-born Kelly Sotherton’s Commonwealth Games gold medal

Commonwealth games medal 2006

An Olympic medalist who was born on the Isle of Wight has had her Commonwealth Games Gold medal stolen from her home in the West Midlands.

Wednesday, 18th February, 2015 6:45pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Learn more about Denys Lasdun’s National Theatre at talk

National Theatre

Was Princes Charles correct when he described Denys Lasdun's National Theatre as a nuclear bunker? Find out more about this magnificent modernist building on Thursday evening.

Wednesday, 18th February, 2015 1:23pm

By Sally Perry