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Sea defence work reveals historic seawall dating back to 17th century

Portsmouth historic sea wall

The historic 17th century wall was discovered during the £100m sea defence project in Southsea. Read the details within

Friday, 22nd January, 2021 2:32pm

By Fiona Callingham, Local Democracy Reporter

33 years jail sentence for Isle of Wight trio

Graham Smith Tim Brown and Louise Spence

All initially tried to deny their involvement in the offence, but with the odds stacked against them they threw in the towel and admitted their guilt

Friday, 22nd January, 2021 1:38pm

By Hampshire Constabulary with 2 readers' comments

Isle of Wight council drop Bus Pass time restrictions for older travellers

The free bus travel for older residents will be available before 9.30am to help them make use of early morning slots for vaccines, healthcare, shopping and other vital appointments

Friday, 22nd January, 2021 9:34am

By IW Council Press Office with 3 readers' comments

Isle of Wight test centre still seeing people with mainland postcodes – but it’s tiny

covid-19 drive through testing centre - person standing at door of car with clipboard

The Covid-19 virus thrives on social contact - more social contact leads to rising cases, which leads to more hospital admissions and tragically, more people dying

Friday, 22nd January, 2021 8:21am

By Sally Perry with 6 readers' comments

Graze It deliver boxes of cakes to hospital wards as thank you from the community

Parita Patel with boxes at Hospital

Parita has been delivering freshly cooked meals to the hospital throughout the pandemic as a thank you to NHS staff, this latest offering of boxes of baked goods put smiles on lots of faces

Thursday, 21st January, 2021 6:33pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Update on daily number of Isle of Wight positive Coronavirus tests and deaths

Giving the covid vaccine

See today’s update on the number of positive Covid-19 tests, deaths and hospital admissions on the Isle of Wight, including graphs showing trend over last two weeks

Thursday, 21st January, 2021 5:36pm

By Sally Perry

Child sexual abuse images ‘unquestionably amongst worst I have seen’ says Investigating Officer

Jail corridor and Michael Henderson

The man from Ventnor came to officers' attention whilst using online forums to discuss child abuse - they found thousands of images of child sexual abuse on his devices

Thursday, 21st January, 2021 4:35pm

By Hampshire Constabulary with one comment

Feasibility study into extending Island Line to Ventnor and Newport underway

The feasibility study into extending Island Line from Ryde to Newport and Shanklin to Ventnor has begun but Bob Seely says it can only proceed with the support and cooperation of the Steam Railway

Thursday, 21st January, 2021 4:22pm

By IW Council Press Office with 20 readers' comments

Two weeks’ notice before schools reopened welcomed by education union

whiteboard and desks in classroom in black and white

The news has been welcomed by the National Education Union, but reinforce that the last thing parents and children need is a stop-start approach

Thursday, 21st January, 2021 1:59pm

By Sally Perry

Dinosaur Isle: Unrivalled tourism offer planned as part of major project, says council leader

Dinosaur Isle on a summer day with two people walking in front of it

Residents in Sandown have been waiting a long time to hear what will be happening with Dinosaur Isle and the land occupied by Brown's Golf Course and Artecology's studio

Thursday, 21st January, 2021 1:14pm

By Sally Perry with 9 readers' comments

Plan to give Isle of Wight residents a stronger voice through a Citizens’ Assembly voted down by councillors

Thumbs down symbol behind window covered in rain drops with thumbs up reflecting in them

It was suggested the councillors missed the point of the motion, and some were accused of making personal attacks on Cllr Lilley. Comprehensive report within

Thursday, 21st January, 2021 12:28pm

By Sally Perry with 13 readers' comments

More journeys being added to Hovertravel timetable

Hovertravel's Solent Flyer

Two more crossings are being added to the Hovertravel timetable. Details within

Thursday, 21st January, 2021 12:14pm

By Stephen Forster with one comment