A beachcomber on the Isle of Wight has discovered some remarkable stories behind messages in bottles that washed ashore.
Adie Butler managed to make contact with one man who threw a bottle over the side of a cruise ship as part of an art project.
He also tracked down the German author of a secret love letter, who says no one is allowed to read it except the person she wrote it to.
Adie says it was surprisingly easy to solve the mysteries:
All the stories behind the bottle messages will be revealed on ITV Meridian at 6pm
Video: Rail services were halted on the Isle of Wight when a lorry crashed into a low bridge. Large sections of the bridge fell into the road, narrowly missing traffic.
England's Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Professor Sir Mike Richards, has published his first report on the quality of services provided by Isle of Wight NHS Trust. Overall, the Care Quality Commission has rated the trust as Requires Improvement. Acute services provided at St Mary's Hospital, and Community Health services, were both rated as Requires Improvement. Mental Health services were rated as Good.
The trust was inspected in June under its new inspection regime. The inspection team of 79 people which included doctors, nurses, midwives, hospital managers, trained members of the public, a variety of specialists, CQC inspectors spent three days at the trust. Inspectors also returned unannounced two weeks later.
Inspectors found that staff were caring and compassionate, and treated people with dignity and respect. On the whole, patients received the right care at the right time. The ambulance services achieved national response times, patients were seen and treated in the A&E within four hours, people had surgery, diagnostic tests and outpatient appointments within national waiting times.
But at St Mary's Hospital, the pressure on beds meant that patients were being moved between wards too often, and weekend discharges were delayed. Staffing levels were too low in some areas, with difficulties recruiting staff to work on the island. There were not enough nurses for children's care in the A&E, the acute services, community rehabilitation wards, district nursing and older adult mental health wards. The trust faced a similar challenge recruiting doctors, with some services run by locums and this had not provided consistency of leadership or treatment.
Following the inspection CQC has issued a warning notice requiring the trust to take action to improve the ways it assesses and monitors the quality of its services.
Inspectors also identified a number of areas of outstanding practice, including: The Integrated Care Hub was an excellent example of teams from different disciplines working closely together to ensure that patients had timely access to appropriate services. The call centre provides access to the 999 calls service, NHS 111 service, the GP out-of-hours service, district nursing, adult social care, tele-care services, non-emergency patient transport services, and mental health services. The pharmacy service was operational seven days a week and electronic prescribing had reduced medication errors.
CQC's Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Professor Sir Mike Richards, said:
"We have found some examples of outstanding care. The staff were caring, highly motivated, and treated people as individuals. However people told us how at times low staffing numbers affected their care and treatment and there were also areas of poor practice where the trust needs to make improvements. I recognise the challenge that the island faces in attracting and retaining experienced staff. But, the trust must ensure that the clinical leadership of services improve.
Police are investigating an alleged sexual assault against an 11-year-old girl yesterday morning on the Isle of Wight.
The incident happened at around 11am when the victim was at Fort Victoria, near Yarmouth, with her family, when she was approached by a man who allegedly sexually assaulted her and then walked away.
The man is described as-
- White man with pale skin
- In his 50s
- Uncut grey hair
- Clean shaven
- About six feet tall
- Average build
- Deep voice
At the time of the incident the man was wearing a short-sleeved shirt with dark blue and light blue stripes and blue jeans. Police arrested a man earlier today. The man has since been released with no further action to be taken against him.
“This was a rare but very serious incident against a child, during the day in a busy picnic site. We would like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed anything suspicious in the area or who recognises the man from the description. Police have increased patrols in the area over the weekend to reassure the local community."
Four women are celebrating after they swam around the Isle of Wight, raising £1,700 for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.
They completed the swim in just over 24 hours, covering 56 miles in strong tides and choppy, cold waters.
Pauline McCracken, Heather Lunt, Ann Brimelow and Kate Steels-Fryatt started the swim at St Helens on Saturday and finished Sunday night, after each swimming six hours and a distance just short of an English Channel crossing.
In the run up to the swim, the team had a late change as their original fourth swimmer, Chris Pitman, fell ill and had to undergo heart surgery. They also had to loan a yacht from Port Solent after they lost their boat and support crew 24 hours before starting.
“It feels amazing, I can’t believe we’ve done it after 18 months of planning.
“The fifth hour in the water was the toughest thing I have ever done – I came out smiling but very emotional!”
A cannon has been fired on the Isle of Wight to mark the 100th anniversary of the first shot being fired by the Royal Navy in the First World War.
On August 5, 1914, the destroyer HMS Lance fired the first naval shot in anger in the First World War, sinking the German auxiliary minelayer Königin Luise, which was laying mines off the Suffolk coast.
It came just a day after the United Kingdom entered the Great War.
One hundred years later and a gun salute has been held at the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes, on the Isle of Wight, with a sail past by the Royal Navy patrol vessel, HMS Mersey.
A single cannon was fired at 10am and was followed by a one minute silence to remember those who served their country.
"Today’s event marks an important part of UK history and it was a privilege to take part.Just as HMS Lance was protecting our interest in 1914 in a few hours time we will be back at sea protecting our nation’s interest in the waters off the UK.”
"People tend to think of the First World War very much as trench war but the Navy was very much involved with ships powering along to protect our land infantry. The Royal Navy was able to secure an asset for us – HMS Mersey – and today’s firing went extremely well.”
One hundred years ago tomorrow (August 6) the Royal Navy suffered its first loss of the Great War – just hours after its first triumph. More than two weeks before the British Expeditionary Force lost its first soldier on the Western Front some 130 souls were killed when HMS Amphion sank in the North Sea with the war barely 30 hours old.
Amphion left Harwich on August 5 to sweep the North Sea with a destroyer flotilla and was in the vicinity when HMS Lance fired on the former North Sea ferry, Königin Luise, as she lay mines to block British shipping lanes. Shortly after 7am on August 6, as Amphion returned to Harwich, she sailed across the line of mines laid by the Königin Luise.
The blast tore apart Amphion’s forward section – every man save one on the forecastle guns was killed. Just before the explosion, 19-year-old stoker 1st break with his fellow stokers, among them a fellow Lyme Regis native, Thomas Gollop. The latter took rather longer to finish his mug of cocoa and this delay saved his life while Herbert Street was killed in the blast.
Also killed was the Royal Navy’s first officer casualty, Staff Paymaster Joseph Gedge, Amphion’s accountant; in his name a medal was subsequently introduced at Oxford University and a science block erected at his former school in Leatherhead – a project backed by the Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Fleet in 1914, Admiral Jellicoe.
More than 130 Britons died in the loss of the cruiser and her wreck, on the bed of the North sea some 30 miles east of Orford Ness, is a protected war grave.
Such casualties would soon be dwarfed by the Empire’s losses in France. But even in the first month of the war, not one day passed without a member of the Naval Service dying – often of illness, some drowned, but most lost their lives in action.
Determined 'Sip and Puff’ sailor Natasha 'Miss Isle’ Lambert arrived in Falmouth twith a huge smile on her face after a day of champagne sailing in sunshine and good breeze.
The 17-year-old from the Isle of Wight, who has cerebral palsy and controls her boat by breathing through a straw in a specially-engineered bicycle helmet, is eight legs into her 12-leg sailing challenge and was delighted to be sailing with more power as she completed the 22 miles from Fowey in five hours.
Sea and Summit is Natasha’s biggest challenge yet - a month-long project sailing her specially-designed 21ft yacht, single-handed around the South West coast of England to Wales before she swaps her boat for her special walking aid, called a Hart Walker, to climb Pen y Fan, the highest peak in Southern Britain.
Britain's oldest seaside pier is celebrating its 200th anniversary this weekend. These days Ryde Pier on the Isle of Wight is a transport hub rather than an entertainment centre but that probably explains why it has lasted so long. Richard Jones reports.
Today marks the 200th anniversary of the opening of Ryde Pier - Britain's first seaside pier.
Its construction paved the way for dozens like it across the country and to this day it remains the gateway to the Isle of Wight.
ITV News reporter Sejal Karia's reports:
The 200th anniversary of the opening of Britain's first seaside pier is being marked today.
Ryde Pier on the Isle of Wight opened on July 26 1814, and today still stands as a reminder of the feat of Victorian engineering.
It was the original seaside pier and paved the way for dozens of others up and down Britain, from Dunoon in Scotland to Falmouth in Cornwall.
Along with fish and chips and rock, piers became a staple of British seaside life and a magnet for holidaymakers before the boom in international travel.