Isle of Wight News

For up-to-date news from across the Island, we report on the issues that affect you. We always welcome story leads from our readers. If you’ve got a story lead, or have news to share with our readers, get in touch.

Lifeboats called out to ‘fire on yacht’

fire on yacht

Cowes and Bembridge RNLI lifeboats rushed to a yacht that reported a fire aboard this afternoon.

Monday, 25th July, 2016 6:03pm

By George Chastney

Damien Nettles: Watch first episode of Unsolved: The Boy Who Disappeared (video)

Almost twenty years and the mystery of the disappearance of Isle of Wight teenager, Damien Nettles, has never been solved. Watch the first episode of BBC Three's eight part investigation to see what the journalists uncover.

Monday, 25th July, 2016 7:46am

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

RNLI lifeboat urgently tasked to remove shipping hazard

RNLI embroidered logo

The first ‘shout’ for two crew members of Cowes RNLI saw the perform a vital role in going to the aid of a 16 foot angling vessel stuck in the middle of the shipping lane.

Sunday, 24th July, 2016 10:55am

By George Chastney

Yarmouth RNLI race to boat fire

Cowes RNLI

Yarmouth RNLI assisted a boat in the Solent which had reported a fire on board yesterday afternoon.

Sunday, 24th July, 2016 10:54am

By Richard Heming

PCC explains why he hasn’t appointed an assistant on the Isle of Wight

The previous Police and Crime Commissioner had an assistant on the Isle of Wight, but following the elections in May, that's all changed. Michael Lane explains why.

Friday, 22nd July, 2016 4:42pm

By Sally Perry with 13 readers' comments

Police renew appeal following serious assault on Appley beach

British Transport police

Police renew their appeal for mobile phone footage of the assault that took place on Monday evening in Ryde.

Friday, 22nd July, 2016 2:44pm

By Hampshire Constabulary

John Cattle shortlisted for Positive Role Model Award

john cattle

It's no surprise to hear that Isle of Wight skater, film-maker and all-round good egg, John Cattle, has been shortlisted as a nominee as a 'Positive Role Model' in the National Diversity Awards 2016.

Friday, 22nd July, 2016 2:14pm

By Sally Perry

UKIP councillor votes against motion condemning racism, xenophobia and hate crimes

Daryll Pitcher

At last night's full council meeting, the UKIP councillor for Wootton, Daryll Pitcher, voted against a motion condemning racism, xenophobia and hate crimes. His words were denounced by other councillors, who distanced themselves from his views.

Thursday, 21st July, 2016 11:48am

By Sally Perry with 115 readers' comments

Local growth opportunities prioritised by Solent LEP

gary jeffries

BAE Systems Marine Engineering Workshop in Portsmouth is just one of three projects being prioritised for investment to drive growth in the Solent area.

Thursday, 21st July, 2016 11:43am

By Amy Grinstead with 2 readers' comments

Why you should return your Register of Electors canvass form


Every residential property (around 72,000) on the Island is being sent a form – and it is vital all households respond, even if they have no electors present. It is a legal requirement to supply the information requested.

Thursday, 21st July, 2016 11:27am

By IW Council Press Office

Play Lane Millennium Green awarded Green Flag for fifth year

millenium green

The area of oak woodland and open spaces become a favourite spot for dog walkers and ramblers, as well as being used as a pleasant shortcut between Binstead and upper Ryde.

Thursday, 21st July, 2016 10:00am

By Brian Harris with 2 readers' comments

Follow our live coverage of the Isle of Wight full council meeting

county hall chamber

Follow the live discussion and debate from the July full council meeting being held at County Hall from 6pm.

Wednesday, 20th July, 2016 5:00pm

By Sally Perry with 35 readers' comments