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18 years since Damien Nettles disappeared

Next month marks the eighteenth anniversary of the disappearance of teenager Damien Nettles, who was last seen on a night out in Cowes on the Isle of Wight.

Now people are digging at a site on the island in the hope they may discover what happened to him.

ITV Meridian spoke to Damien's mum Valerie from Texas via Skype.

Floating bridge to close to traffic overnight

The floating bridge in Cowes will be closed overnight Credit: Isle of Wight Council

Cowes Floating Bridge will be closed to cars for the next three nights. It will be operating a pedestrian only service between 8 o'clock in the evening until 12:30 am. It's so road resurfacing works can be carried out in Medina Road.

On the evenings of 24, 25, 26 and 29 September (8pm to 12.30am), vehicles will not be able to gain access to the floating bridge on the Cowes side.

Signs have been put in place by Island Roads informing motorists of the situation. The resurfacing has been scheduled for night-time hours to minimise disruption to the service.

Between the hours of 5am and 8pm the floating bridge will operate services as normal for vehicles.


Yachtsman killed in high winds

Cowes RNLI lifeboat was among rescue services that attended a large yacht in which a man was fatally injured in what was a near-gale south-westerly today.

The alert was sparked by a ketch radioing Solent Coastguards shortly after 1 pm that a person had been seriously injured. To the scene raced the Cowes Atlantic 85 lifeboat, the police launch Commander and the Lee-on-Solent based rescue helicopter.

The winchman from the helicopter was lowered to the yacht, and after he had assessed the casualty the yacht proceeded to Trinity Landing, escorted by the lifeboat. There the yacht was met by coastguards and the crew of an ambulance which took the casualty on to St Mary’s Hospital.

Earlier the lifeboat acted as go-between for the winchman, taking him on board then transferring him to the police launch from which he was lifted back into the helicopter.

This was the second incident in two days that Cowes lifeboat had been called out to a yacht where a yachtsman had been a casualty of strong winds. In the first a Norwegian was treated at St Mary’s for arm and shoulder injuries, from an apparent accidental gybe. It is understood that the yacht was based in Southampton and was on its way to Yarmouth but before the accident was diverting to Cowes because of the weather conditions.

Cowes lifeboat returned to station at 2.20 pm.

“Irrespective of the outcome, this was a good example of emergency services working in a joined up fashion to deal with a most unfortunate incident. It shows the value of joint training carried out in the Solent by all these rescue units.”

– Lifeboat launch authority, Harry Leslie

A new approach to learning - with no shoes

It's a new approach to teaching that may sound eccentric - but some believe making children take their shoes off at school is making a real difference to their learning

The concept is on the rise around the world.

Supporters say it makes classrooms quieter and calmer and pupils more relaxed and willing to work.

Christine Alsford has been to Lanesend Primary at Cowes on the Isle of Wight where they are hailing their 'shoes off' policy a success.

Driver "life-threatening" after car & tractor crash

Driver in hospital after crash with tractor Credit: ITV News

Police on the Isle of Wight are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a crash between a car and a tractor in Cowes early on Monday morning. A black Mazda 2 TS was involved in a collision with a tractor on Newport Road by the show ground and caught fire at around 6.05am.

The 43-year-old driver of the car was taken to St Mary’s hospital and was later transferred to Southampton General hospital with severe head injuries. His condition is described as life-threatening.

The driver of the tractor was not injured.

Anyone with any information or who saw the collision is asked to contact PC Peni Houghton at Fratton Road Policing Unit on 101 or via the website.

Woman found with serious injuries on the Isle of Wight

Police are investigating after a woman was found with serious injuries at an address on the Isle of Wight.

They were called to a property in Fraser Close, Cowes last night, where the woman lives.

She has been taken to hospital for treatment to her injuries.

A police spokesperson said, "The address is being examined by officers for potential evidence to establish how the woman was injured.

"We're keeping an open mind about the cause of the woman's injuries at this early stage of enquiries.

"The possibility of a crime has not been ruled out."


Appeal after Cowes sexual assault

Hampshire police are appealing for information after a woman was sexually assaulted on the Isle of Wight.

The incident happened between midnight and 12.45am on Tuesday 27th August.

A woman had just been to the cashpoint at Lloyds Bank in Cowes when she was grabbed behind by an unknown man who then sexually assaulted her.

The 32-year-old victim managed to hit out at him and he fled from the scene of the attack.

DI Martin Chudley said: “We are appealing for witnesses to this serious sexual assault, which took place during the early hours of Tuesday morning. Officers would like to hear from anyone who was out at around that time, and who may have seen or heard anything that may assist the investigation."

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