52% of online child sex offences took place on Facebook-owned apps,

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"Facebook is ‘turning back the clock on children’s safety’ as plans will make it harder to detect and disrupt child abuse online", say NSPCC

Friday, 26th March, 2021 7:38am

By Sophie Smith

Freshwater Five families on today’s Appeal verdict: ‘A dark and bitter day’

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Despite Court of Appeal saying that failure to disclose evidence at their trial “should not have happened”, two of the Freshwater Five have lost their bid to have convictions overturned. The families say, "British justice is broken, and we will never trust it again"

Thursday, 25th March, 2021 4:01pm

By Sally Perry with 8 readers' comments

Derelict Sandown hotel occupied by group aiming to preserve its cultural heritage

Ocean Hotel / King's Head © Sandown Hub

The occupiers say they have no wish to damage or disturb the building, instead they intend to preserve the cultural heritage of this almost 200-year-old building, once frequented by the likes of Lewis Carroll, Charles Darwin and Count Stroganov

Monday, 22nd March, 2021 8:02am

By Sally Perry with 11 readers' comments

Isle of Wight young women targeted on ‘revenge porn’ Websites: Petition launched

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An online petition to crackdown on revenge porn has been launched after it was discovered that Isle of Wight teenagers and young women are being targeted. News OnTheWight finds out more

Monday, 15th March, 2021 6:20pm

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

Jail for Isle of Wight man who fractured woman’s jaw in three places

Karl Waller-Adams

The victim suffered three fractures to her jaw requiring ongoing surgery and treatment. She bravely found the courage to tell medics what caused her injuries three weeks after the incident

Monday, 15th March, 2021 3:28pm

By Hampshire Constabulary with 2 readers' comments

Stronger legislation to protect children from abuse online supported by parents

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The NSPCC say the Government has softened its ambition to make tech directors personally responsible for decisions on product safety. See the details within

Friday, 12th March, 2021 7:26am

By Sophie Smith

18 year sentence for ‘Pillar of the community’ who spent thousands on live sexual abuse of children he directed

Custody photo of Peter Tomlinson

A paedophile, who owned and ran a number of well-known Isle of Wight businesses, including a children's play zone was today given an 18 year prison sentence. “He was directly responsible for the most heinous abuse of children”

Friday, 5th March, 2021 7:33pm

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

Teenager who put gun to head of police officer and pulled trigger is sentenced

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The police officer was assaulted on the head with the imitation gun, but not before having it held to her head and the trigger pulled. Details within

Thursday, 4th March, 2021 2:09pm

By Hampshire Constabulary with one comment

Fundraiser to cover volunteers’ Covid-19 fines raises £800 in 24 hours

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A total to 42 people have donated from as little of £5 to as much as £100 to help cover the fines issued to the volunteers who were painting the building

Monday, 1st March, 2021 2:33pm

By Sally Perry

Families of the Freshwater Five speak out following Court of Appeal hearing

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Families of the Freshwater Five say that to be wrongly imprisoned for ten years for a crime you didn't commit should be something that never happens in a modern society and exposes a deep and serious flaw in the legal system

Monday, 1st March, 2021 11:34am

By APPEAL with 3 readers' comments

Supply of crack cocaine and heroin to the Isle of Wight disrupted in county lines operation

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The intensification of police activity saw 17 drug networks disrupted across the region, with police targeting individuals who ran either local or county lines, supplying crack cocaine and heroin

Friday, 26th February, 2021 12:49pm

By Hampshire Constabulary

Freshwater Five: Day Three for Court of Appeal hearing

Outside the Courts of Appeal

The judgement that Court of Appeal judges make in this case will have a direct impact on the sentences for all the Freshwater Five

Thursday, 25th February, 2021 3:30pm

By Sally Perry