Watchdog says HMP Isle of Wight’s response to rise in violence ‘not good enough’

Prison fencing

Peter Clarke, HM chief inspector of prisons, said there was little support for victims of violence, even though relationships between staff and prisoners were good.

Tuesday, 13th August, 2019 11:21am

By David Anderson, Local Democracy Reporter with 2 readers' comments

Sex offenders make up 98 per cent of Isle of Wight prison population, latest figures reveal


The latest report from HMP Isle of Wight shows an increase in assaults on staff and large rise in incidences of prisoner self harm and a surprisingly older population.

Friday, 9th August, 2019 10:27am

By David Anderson, Local Democracy Reporter with 4 readers' comments

Government intervenes to secure future of Isle of Wight Law Centre

Matt Thatcher, Manager of Isle of Wight Law Centre

Islanders will still be able to seek independent, confidential and impartial advice thanks to the hard work of the team at the Isle of Wight Law Centre.

Tuesday, 6th August, 2019 2:54pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Portsmouth City Council make decision over Coroner merger

portsmouth city council - cabinet

The Portsmouth City Council's cabinet looked at all the options and made their decision this week over possible Coroner service mergers.

Thursday, 11th July, 2019 9:00am

By Fiona Callingham, Local Democracy Reporter with one comment

Portsmouth City Council to consider merging Portsmouth and Isle of Wight coroner services

Spinnaker tower portsmouth

It's not the recommended option, but up for consideration by Portsmouth City Council next week is the merger of theirs and Isle of Wight Coroner Services.

Friday, 5th July, 2019 8:16am

By Sally Perry with 8 readers' comments

Live murder trial experience coming to the Isle of Wight – and YOU could get to decide if they are guilty

scene from the murder trial

For a price you can sign up to act as a jury member in a live murder trial experience and, the organisers say, be part of a national social experiment.

Friday, 21st June, 2019 12:03pm

By Antony Collins with one comment

Released from prison today, Freshwater Five Dan says, ‘Nine years of my life stolen’: Appeal underway

Freshwater Five - Dan Payne on day of release by the sea

Dan said, "I've had nine years of my life stolen from me for something I didn't do. I may have been released from prison but I am still not free. Only the Court of Appeal can put this right now."

Friday, 14th June, 2019 6:27pm

By Sally Perry with 8 readers' comments

Gathering to mark nine years since ‘nightmare began’ for Freshwater Five

Freshwater Five logo

Marking the nine years since police officers say they saw men throw bags off a fishing boat, supporters of the Freshwater Five will meet at the same spot and encourage others to "let the men know they are not alone".

Tuesday, 28th May, 2019 6:06pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Staff cuts at Isle of Wight Probation service puts ‘quality of its work at risk’ says inspector (updated)

Prison fencing

Dame Stacey said the service had the essentials in place to deliver a good probation service and that senior leaders were ‘skilled, knowledgeable and energetic’, but that the quality of its work is at risk due to staff cuts.

Thursday, 9th May, 2019 8:18am

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter

Law Centre say IWC tender was ‘designed to exclude them’

outside the iw law centre

The Law Centre say the Isle of Wight council always knew they would not be able to bid for the full contract as it would mean losing their independent Law Centre status.

Wednesday, 27th March, 2019 2:14pm

By Sally Perry with 9 readers' comments

Ryde man jailed for downloading ‘paedophile manual’ and thousands of indecent images of children (updated)

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The judge labelled the case as having 'levels of depravity this court seldom sees', included a paedophile manual, which gave detailed advice on the abuse of very young children, including babies.

Tuesday, 5th February, 2019 1:28pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Isle of Wight school bus driver caught with 700+ child porn images

Newport Crown and Magistrates Court:

The man from Sandown claimed he was searching for cures to a skin condition and found himself going deeper and deeper into a foxhole. He was found to have 744 indecent images of young children, toddlers and babies.

Thursday, 17th January, 2019 12:01pm

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments