News from the West

If you’re interested in news from around the West 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.

Freshwater man has now been charged in case of rape of 3-year-old: Court tomorrow

prison jail corridor

The shocking case - rape of a three-year-old - occurred on August bank holiday. A Freshwater man has now been charged

Wednesday, 23rd September, 2020 6:05pm

By Hampshire Constabulary with 2 readers' comments

Isle of Wight Freemasons show their support for Cruse Bereavement Care

L-R Hilary Hastings and Shirley Peters. Kelvin Currie, Tommy Metcalfe, Chris Jarman

We have all experienced the unimaginable grief of losing someone close to us and Cruse provide that critical support and empathy that is essential

Thursday, 17th September, 2020 2:49pm

By Chris Jarman

Isle of Wight Nursery manager faces the hair clippers in fundraising challenge

Clippers and hair in sink

The Nursery’s usual fundraising activities have been hit hard by the Coronavirus pandemic, so Kim is shaving her head this afternoon in the hope of raising much-needed cash

Thursday, 17th September, 2020 9:10am

By Sally Perry

Plans for glamping domes on West Wight farmland attracts objections

Tapnell farm glamping domes

There are plans for the five domes to be re-sited to another part of the farm estate, but objectors say it will harm the Isle of Wight Dark Skies and AONB. Details within

Wednesday, 16th September, 2020 11:12am

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

These Geese on the Isle of Wight – Why are they flying back and forth? Migrating?

Canada Geese

If you have seen lots of Geese flying back and forth past your window on the Isle of Wight and wondered what they were up to, News OnTheWight has the answer

Sunday, 13th September, 2020 1:38pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Ducklings rescued from Calbourne drain now released back into the wild

Ducks ready for release

Thanks to the quick thinking actions of the member of the public who spotted the ducks and Island Roads for assisting in their rescue, these ducklings have been given a second chance at life

Thursday, 10th September, 2020 5:01pm

By Anna Price

Dimbola Museum and Galleries reopens

Dimbola Museum and Galleries 2020

New social distancing and cleaning measures have been implemented as well as a new circular one-way route around the house

Tuesday, 8th September, 2020 4:15pm

By Elissa Blizzard

Operation July: Police revisit Fort Victoria Country Park a week on from serious sexual assault on a child

police tape at side of road

Officers will be in the area where the incident took place speaking to potential witnesses and handing out appeal leaflets

Monday, 7th September, 2020 12:12pm

By Hampshire Constabulary

Footage and photo appeal as Police investigation into serious sexual offence on three-year-old girl continues

fort victoria country park car park

If you were in the area on Bank Holiday Monday you may have inadvertently captured something, or someone, significant without realising it, say Police

Saturday, 5th September, 2020 2:31pm

By Hampshire Constabulary

Isle of Wight man arrested on suspicion of raping three-year-old girl bailed with conditions

police officer with 101 on lapel - westmidlandspolice

The District Commander for the Isle of Wight thanked the public for their ongoing support and urged anyone who may have not yet come forward with information to do so

Thursday, 3rd September, 2020 2:14pm

By Hampshire Constabulary with 4 readers' comments

Isle of Wight man arrested on suspicion of raping a three-year-old girl

fort victoria country park car park

Police ask residents to not speculate on the matter, after it was confirmed a man in his 60s was arrested on suspicion of raping a three-year-old girl

Wednesday, 2nd September, 2020 2:28pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Serious sexual offence involving three-year-old girl and man in 60s: Police appeal for dog walkers

Police control operator

Police say the serious sexual offence incident took place in the woods and involved a three-year-old girl and man in his 60s

Tuesday, 1st September, 2020 5:14pm

By Hampshire Constabulary