Ten years for death crash motorist

A driver who crashed into a car, killing a 10-year-old girl after spending the day drinking and smoking cannabis, was jailed for 10 years.

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Police appeal after attack on badger sett

Police are appealing to the public for information after the entrance of a badger sett was set on fire on the Isle of Wight. It happened at St Boniface Down and reported to police on March 31. It appears that petrol was poured into the sett.

Sergeant Richard Stapleton who is investigating said: “We’d like to hear from you if you saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area over the past few days."

A red plastic petrol container was left behind at the scene. The person responsible may have suffered injuries.


Fire service on the look-out for more retained firefighters

The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service is holding information sessions for anyone interested in becoming a retained firefighter.Sessions are being held at Ryde Fire Station on Saturday 22 March at 10.30am and on Tuesday 25 March from 6.30pm.

The service is looking for committed individuals who want to work as part of a dedicated and friendly team providing an important service to the local community. You must be over 18 years of age, be physically fit and possess good communication skills.

Your current employer must sign a consent form allowing you to leave your workplace at any time for operational reasons, and you need to live close to your local fire station.Although no formal qualifications are required, a good standard of literacy and numeracy will need to be demonstrated.

Public asked for help after attack on bus

Police would like to talk to this man Credit: Hampshire Police

Police are trying to identify a group of men after a serious assault on a man on the top deck of a bus going to Newport from Ryde on the Isle of Wight.

Police would like to talk to these men Credit: Hants Police

The attack happened after an altercation between a 20-year-old man and a group of three men, also in their 20s, travelling on the bus. The 20-year-old man was knocked unconscious after he was repeatedly punched in the head by one of the men in the group.

The injured man was later taken to hospital for medical checks. It was also reported that a wine bottle was thrown at the time by one of the men, which struck the bus window.


Paloma Faith and Basement Jaxx sign up for Bestival

Bestival will be held between the 4th-7th September 2014 Credit: Bestival

Paloma Faith, Basement Jaxx and Candi Staton have all been confirmed to be playing at this years Bestival.

They join acts such as Chic, featuring Nile Rodger, Outkast, and Foals and Beck at the event to be held in September at Robin Hill on the Isle of Wight.

Man arrested after pedestrain suffers serious injuries

Police are investigating a serious road collision on the Isle of Wight which left a 78-year-old man with life threatening neck injuries.

A Ford Transit van was travelling along Stroud Road, towards the junction with Camp Road, in Freshwater when it turned right and collided with a pedestrian.

The pedestrian is currently in hospital being treated for his neck injuries.

The van driver, a 27-year-old man from Totland, was arrested on suspicion of driving without due care and attention and was bailed until May.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Roads Policing Unit at Shanklin on 101.

Teenager reveals her big sailing ambition for 2014

16-year-old Natasha Lambert will sail from Cowes to Wales single-handedly Credit: RYA

On the 24th July, Natash Lambert, 16, will sail from her hometown of Cowes, on the Isle of Wight, to embark on a month-long challenge sailing her 21ft Mini Transat, Miss Isle Too, single-handed down the South West coast of England to Wales.

Natasha was born with cerebral palsy, which affects her limbs. This weekend she has officially revealed her incredible 2014 sailing challenge: ‘Sea and Summit’.

Natasha's condition means she does not have use of her hands, so she sails her yacht using her mouth to operate a ‘sip and puff’ mechanism engineered by her father. It is operated via a straw mounted inside a cycling helmet.

Having completed the sailing part, Natasha will then swap her boat for her special walking aid, called a Hart Walker and will climb Pen y Fan in the Brecon Beacons, the highest peak in Britain south of the Snowdonia mountain range.

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