Isle of Wight News

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Click4Internet users angry after a week without Internet access

Internet Access

A seven day outage from this Internet provider has severely affected professionals, as well as farmers and holiday home providers, who've found themselves having to tether from mobile phones or rely on the goodwill of friends.

Thursday, 5th March, 2015 8:00pm

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

Police name man who died in Cowes garage

Flower and sunlight

Police investigating the death of a man whose body was found in a garage on Monday confirm his identity.

Thursday, 5th March, 2015 4:21pm

By Hampshire Constabulary

Drug and alcohol recovery unit gets £355,000 boost

Fan of 20 pound notes

Public Health England has approved a grant of £355,000 to refurbish and improve a key facility at Sandown which helps Island residents recovering from drug and alcohol-related issues.

Thursday, 5th March, 2015 3:54pm

By IW Council Press Office with 3 readers' comments

Warning over rogue traders offering driveway work

Tarmac

Rogue traders pretending to be from Island Roads are offering to tarmac people's driveways and businesses car parks.

Thursday, 5th March, 2015 1:24pm

By IW Council Press Office with 9 readers' comments

Sandown Independent, Bob Blezzard, confirmed as LibDem election agent (updated)

David Goodall and Bob Blezzard

The former LibDem councillor, now an Independent, will be acting as the election agent for IW LibDem candidate, David Goodall.

Thursday, 5th March, 2015 12:17pm

By Sally Perry with 28 readers' comments

Staley family win holiday thanks to public vote

Yorkshire dales

Organisers of the competition say Neal Staley prompted the team to think about giving others in the competition a free break instead of the proposed money-off vouchers, so they are sending four families on a free break.

Thursday, 5th March, 2015 11:05am

By Sally Perry

Villagers unhappy with planning officer’s recommendation

Blanchards development

The local councillor says 98% of those who commented on the application were opposed and that approving the development would go against national planning policy.

Thursday, 5th March, 2015 10:38am

By Sally Perry with 9 readers' comments

Centre for Excellence will bring huge opportunities for young Islanders

Centre for Excellence will bring huge opportunities for young Islanders

The new Centre for Excellence for Composites, Advanced Manufacturing and Marine Technology being created in East Cowes should provide 550 young people with workshop and learning facilities and provide 250 apprenticeships.

Thursday, 5th March, 2015 9:59am

By Andrew Turner's Office with 3 readers' comments

Find out how you can help fight the Himalayan Balsam infestation

Himalyan balsam

Natural Enterprise and The Community Fund are hoping to raise £2,000 to fund an ambitious project to control weed infestation in the Isle of Wight.

Thursday, 5th March, 2015 7:06am

By Carol Flux with 2 readers' comments

Cowes garage death: ‘Assisting a suicide’ arrest

POlice vans

The 52 year old man has now been released on bail after being arrested on suspicion of assisting a suicide.

Wednesday, 4th March, 2015 7:09pm

By Hampshire Constabulary

Immigration is not harming our NHS – it is keeping it running says Green candidate

Vix Lowthion - Green party Candidate - canvassing in Newport

Isle of Wight Green Party parliamentary candidate, Vix Lowthion, says the NHS would collapse without immigrants.

Wednesday, 4th March, 2015 2:01pm

By Vix Lowthion with 45 readers' comments

Fascinating story of Isle of Wight brothers who fought the Gallipoli Campaign

Lone Pine Cemetery

The Urry brothers from Newport are thought to be the only case where three brothers died in the same action on the same day during the First World War. Lieutenant Martin Heighway shares some fascinating facts about them and other Islanders who fought with the IOW Rifles 100 years ago.

Wednesday, 4th March, 2015 1:08pm

By Lieutenant Martin Heighway