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Man behind controversial IOW 'inbreeding' comments resigns

David Hoare has resigned with immediate effect Credit: PA

An education chief who made controversial comments about people living on the Isle of Wight has resigned.

David Hoare, chairman of Ofsted, had branded the island a "ghetto", claiming there had been "inbreeding". His comments, made earlier this month, caused offence to the island's residents.

Hoare contacted the leader of the Isle of Wight Council, Jonathan Bacon, to make a personal apology.

Today, he announced he will stand down from his role. Here is his statement:

I have today informed the Secretary of State that I will be resigning from my position as Chair with immediate effect.

It has been a great privilege to chair the Ofsted Board for the past two years. I am pleased that the organisation now has an excellent Board in place with expertise across all of our remit areas, including early years and further education.

I am also pleased that Ofsted has recruited a strong new Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman, who is due to take over from Sir Michael in January. We have also been able to agree the strategic priorities for Ofsted, focusing on improving the life chances for the disadvantaged children of our country. I will miss working with an excellent team, making a real difference.”

– David Hoare


BREAKING: Fire investigators announce possible cause of devastating school fire

Fire investigators believe they have identified the cause of a major fire that destroyed a Sussex school.

Firefighters were called to the Selsey Academy on Sunday morning. West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service say the most likely cause of the fire was accidental ignition caused by a workman carrying out maintenance on the roof. They reiterate there is no evidence to support online speculation that this was arson.

Thanks to the efforts of the crews we were able to prevent it spreading to all parts of the school however, and I’m particularly pleased there were no injuries reported. I’m also glad that we were able to protect the neighbouring properties including the thatched houses that are part of Selsey’s appeal. It has been a great shock to the local community and all those people directly involved with the school, but they were tremendous in their support. What we hope for now is for the school to recover and the disruption to be kept to a minimum as it is being rebuilt”

– Gavin Watts, Deputy Chief Fire Officer

Team GB set for heroes welcome as they arrive back a Heathrow

Team GB are set to receive a heroes' welcome when they touch down in the UK following their best Olympics in more than a century.

A Boeing 747 carrying 320 athletes and support staff will land at Heathrow airport at 10am in a gold-nosed British Airways aircraft with "victoRIOus" emblazoned on the side.

Athletes including the women's hockey team, with members from the Meridian region, who scooped Team GB's first ever hockey gold - posted snaps of themselves drinking champagne.

After winning 67 medals at the Games and finishing second in the overall table, Team GB are returning to talk of royal honours for their success. Prime Minister Theresa May's official spokeswoman said there would be "no formal cap" on the number of honours which can be awarded to the athletes.

The team's plane - which will also be ferrying pole vaults, javelins, bicycles and a 6.7-metre sail back from Rio - will be loaded with 77 extra champagne bottles and treats for team members, who will be offered a three-course menu.

They will then face the media at a press conference shortly after landing.< Team GB's stunning success at the Games - which saw their biggest medal haul in a century with 27 golds, 23 silvers and 17 bronzes - drew the praise of the Queen and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The sovereign offered her "warmest congratulations" for an "remarkable achievement".

The Duke and Duchess, meanwhile, lauded the athlete's achievement as an "inspiration to us all, young and old".

Search for missing man last seen at cinema


Police are searching for Michael Goodey, who is missing from Brighton.

The 40-year-old had been at the cinema at Brighton Marina with his family on Sunday 21st August and left on his own accord at about 11.35am, and has not been seen since.

Police are concerned for his welfare, as he did not have his phone, keys or wallet in his possession when he left the cinema.

Michael, who was known as Michael Balkham until he changed his surname recently, is described as white, of medium build, about 5' 10”, with receding brown hair and stubble.

He was last seen wearing a yellow ‘Animal' T-shirt and black cargo trousers.

Do you recognise this man?


Officers investigating a bike theft would like to talk to him.

The suspect is seen on CCTV approaching the yellow and grey Carrera road bike which was outside the Co-op store in Selsey High Street on Saturday 13th August at 3.40pm and riding off on it.

The owner had popped inside the shop for five minutes and when he came out the bike had gone.

PC Grant Hebblewhite said: "If anyone knows who the suspect is or if you know someone who has come home with a new bike please get in touch with us."


Thieves steal only post box in the village

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Residents in a village have been left without access to a post box after it was stolen by thieves.

Thieves stole the only red box from Buckland Ripers, Dorsert sometime between 13 and 14 August.

Police are now on the lookout for anyone trying to sell a Royal Mail post box.

“The residents of Buckland Ripers are now without a post box and for some people this is the only post box they can easily access", Deputy Neighbourhood Inspector Tony Burden said.

“I am appealing to anyone who witnessed this incident or has any information about who may have been responsible to please contact Dorset Police urgently.

“I am particularly keen to hear from anyone who has seen a Royal Mail post box being offered for sale locally".

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