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Pupils denied free school transport if they choose not to attend the Island Free School

Piles of coins:

It was pointed out that parents may choose on principle or due to the specialist nature of the Free School to not send their children to the school. If they do, they'll be denied free school transport to other Isle of Wight schools if DfE guidelines are followed.

Wednesday, 22nd October, 2014 12:36pm

By Sally Perry

Cat shot with air rifle

Cat shot - Air rifle - 22 Oct 2014

Worrying report from the police that a cat has been shot with an air rifle.

Wednesday, 22nd October, 2014 10:13am

By Simon Perry

Isle of Wight Travel Status – 22 Oct 2014

Simpsons sky :

Given yesterday's disruption we thought it might be useful to have another 'How's transport around the Island' article today.

Wednesday, 22nd October, 2014 6:48am

By Simon Perry

Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust welcomes youngest member to Board of Trustees

Ellen MacArthur and new Trustees

In a progressive step the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust’s Board of Trustees have appointed their first young person in recovery from cancer to the Board, welcoming 21-year-old Claire Amaladoss to the team.

Tuesday, 21st October, 2014 1:48pm

By Jessica Gray with one comment

Fire service advise residents to check their smoke alarms

Smoke alarm

On Sunday 26 October, the clocks go back one hour and the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service is asking all homeowners to remember to take just a few minutes to check your smoke alarms while changing their clocks.

Tuesday, 21st October, 2014 12:36pm

By IW Council Press Office

TV series shot on the Isle of Wight airs this afternoon

Len Goodman and Esther Rantzen Holiday of a lifetime

An episode of a brand new television series in which Strictly Come Dancing’s head judge, Len Goodman, takes a well-loved famous face back in time to recreate their own childhood holiday has been filmed on the Isle of Wight.

Tuesday, 21st October, 2014 11:38am

By Sue Emmerson with one comment

Anti-Bullying Conference for Young People taking place for first time this week

Anti-bullying messages:

A major event focussing on anti-bullying is being held in Newport this week, bringing together a number of schools and agencies.

Tuesday, 21st October, 2014 11:02am

By Sally Perry

Don’t forget to get secondary school admission forms posted


The deadline for parents and guardians to submit an on-time application for children starting secondary school in September 2015 is fast approaching.

Tuesday, 21st October, 2014 10:45am

By IW Council Press Office with 6 readers' comments

Met Office issue severe weather warning for the Island

Steephill wind and waves:

The weather warning has only just been issued, as the high winds are now predicted to affect the Isle of Wight today.

Tuesday, 21st October, 2014 10:27am

By Sally Perry

Island needs ‘taskforce’ to tackle education says Labour candidate

Stewart Blackmore and Tristran Hunt:

The Labour parliamentary candidate Stewart Blackmore welcomed shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt to the Island last week to discuss the education system.

Tuesday, 21st October, 2014 10:22am

By Ed Gouge with 22 readers' comments

Black History Month event builds relations between police and diverse communities

Chief Inspector Alison Heydari and Annette Wincott

Hampshire Constabulary is thanking members of the public from its diverse communities for celebrating Black History Month.

Tuesday, 21st October, 2014 8:35am

By Hampshire Constabulary with 8 readers' comments

Drivers using mobile phones to be targeted by police

Mobile use whilst driving -:

Officers from the Hampshire and Thames Valley Joint Operation Unit have begun a week long operation targeting people who use their mobile phones while driving.

Tuesday, 21st October, 2014 8:08am

By Sally Perry