News from the West

If you’re interested in news from around the West of the Island, this is the place to find it.

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Child rapist from Freshwater recorded his abuse and had over 200,000 images and videos of child sexual abuse (updated)

jail-corridor with inset photo of jonathan maertens

The man pleaded guilty to numerous incidents of child rape, including drugging the victims and recording his abuse. He was jailed today

Monday, 23rd November, 2020 2:33pm

By Hampshire Constabulary with one comment

Share your Isle of Wight experiences of the impact of Covid-19 on sports (updated)

Clare Griffin

Clare will be using the judging panel opportunity to get a balanced message out there about the devastating effect Covid has had on grassroots sport.

Monday, 23rd November, 2020 12:12pm

By Sue Lupton

Increase in incidents involving inflatables for lifeboat crews this summer

unicorn inflatable on the sea

Newly released figures show a large increase in the RNLI being called to incidents involving inflatables this summer

Friday, 20th November, 2020 3:13pm

By Paul Dunt with one comment

Part of iconic Freshwater Bay sea stack collapses during storm

Mermaid rock from The Bay IOW

The Island was battered with bad weather at the weekend and part of the Mermaid Rock collapsed. See before and after photos

Tuesday, 17th November, 2020 8:21am

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Isle of Wight swimmer – who is blind – completes 5,000m swimathon challenge

Chris says “Swimming is my favourite exercise. It is the one thing you can do on your own when you are blind. I like that freedom”

Monday, 16th November, 2020 12:31pm

By Sue Lupton with one comment

Fate of former All Saints’ Primary School building sealed at planning meeting

yarmouth school plans for all saints sitea

Despite its unanimous decision, conditions were added to the planning approval for a new school building in West Wight last night

Wednesday, 4th November, 2020 10:03am

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 7 readers' comments

Local opposition to ‘dreadful over-development’ as plans for six houses rises to eight

close up of a black computer keyboard

Locals and the Isle of Wight CPRE have lodged their opposition to the expansion of a development of six houses to eight larger ones. Details within

Thursday, 29th October, 2020 9:58am

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with one comment

Man admits serious child sex offence in three-year-old rape case

fort victoria country park car park

It’s emerged that the 62-year-old man was not known to the three-year-old girl that he seriously sexually assaulted in Fort Victoria Country Park - as he admits the offence.

Monday, 26th October, 2020 5:20pm

By Hampshire Constabulary with 2 readers' comments

New Yarmouth School – in Freshwater – goes before Isle of Wight council planning committee


The plans will go before the Isle of Wight council planning committee next week, with the full support of the Cabinet member for education

Monday, 26th October, 2020 3:44pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 5 readers' comments

Row over grass cutting after Viewpoint vistas obscured by overgrown trees and bushes

bouldnor grass verge

Shalfleet Parish Council decided to cut this area without informing Isle of Wight Council, in latest row over verge cutting

Friday, 23rd October, 2020 2:08pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 4 readers' comments

GP surgery to close permanently and revert back to housing (updated)

closed sign on door

The doctor said the closure is entirely supported by the WWMP, which finds it very difficult to recruit doctors

Tuesday, 20th October, 2020 5:45pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 7 readers' comments

Police cordon at Isle of Wight supermarket following discovery of ship flare (updated)

police tape at side of road

Police have been liaising with the Navy’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team who have advised that the cordon needs to be put in place while the item is safely removed

Tuesday, 20th October, 2020 9:38am

By Hampshire Constabulary