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Isle of Wight Festival gets underway

The glorious weather we've been experiencing turned to rain in many places today so it can only mean one thing - the festival season has begun!

Yes thousands of people on the Isle of Wight swapped their flip-flops for wellies in preparation to see headlines acts such as Blur, Fleetwood Mac, Billy Idol and The Prodigy.

Divya Kohli has been among the festival goers and met one visitor of a very different kind...

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Hunt for man after women assaulted at IOW festival

Police are searching for a man suspected of indecently assaulting a woman at the Isle of Wight Festival.

A woman in her 40s was standing alone in the Cabaret Club waiting for friends between 6.30pm and 7pm on Sunday 15th June.

She was approached from behind by a man who assaulted her physically and indecently for about five to ten minutes before walking away.

The suspect was wearing a green short sleeved polo shirt with a white stripe around the collar Credit: Hampshire Police

The suspect has been described as white, in his early 40s, 6ft, medium build with short spiky brown hair with sideburns.

We are keen to talk to anyone who was in the Cabaret Club between 6.30pm and 7pm watching the burlesque show on Sunday, June 15. They may have seen this incident, which occurred at the entrance to the show floor, particularly the woman who spoke to the victim to check on her welfare.”

– Investigating officer Detective Constable Vici Hayward of Isle of Wight CID

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T'Pau on tour for 25th anniversary

They were massive in the eighties, with a quadruple platinum debut album, and success here, as well as all over the world.

Yes, T'Pau - who will be playing at the Isle of Wight Festival in a few days time, are on tour for their 25th anniversary.

Our reporter Divya Kohli caught up with lead singer Carol Decker just before the band were about to go on stage in Hampshire.

Council hope to keep festival traffic flowing

Stuart Love, Isle of Wight Council's strategic director for the economy and environment, said: “We hope that there will be no repeat of last year’s terrible weather, but if the worst does happen we are ready to put our alternative traffic plans into place.

"The arrangements we have give us the flexibility to keep traffic moving and to get large numbers of vehicles off the road network in a wide variety of scenarios.

“We would like to ask residents to help us by avoiding the designated festival traffic routes on the Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Monday of the event when traffic volumes are at their highest."

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