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Ryde Pier celebrates 200 year anniversary

Ryde Pier on the Isle of Wight in 1935 Credit: Topham/Topham Picturepoint/Press Association Image

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.

Royal Thames Yacht Club races in 1935 with Ryde Pier in the foreground Credit: Topham/Topham Picturepoint/Press Association Image

Police name man whose body was found on street

A man whose body was found on the pavement on the Isle of Wight has been named by police. He was 44-year-old Christopher William Parsons, of Arnolds Yard, Brading. Mr Parsons was found lying on the pavement in Cross Street just after 11pm on Friday, July 4th.

Despite attempts to resuscitate him, he was pronounced dead at the scene. A post-mortem examination found the cause of death has yet to be determined. Further toxicology tests will now be carried out. However Mr Parsons does not appear to have suffered any visible injuries.

A 50-year-old man from Sandown who was arrested on suspicion of murder has been released without charge. He was also arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply heroin and has been bailed until September 29.

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Man quizzed after body found on pavement

Police will today continue to question a man over the murder of a man whose body was found on the pavement at a holiday resort on the Isle of Wight.

Officers were called to Cross Street, Sandown just after 11pm on Friday by the ambulance service.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Hampshire Police said they are treating his death as unexplained. A 50-year-old man from Sandown has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody.

The victim is believed to be a 44-year-old local man and his next-of-kin have been informed.

Isle of Wight body find being treated as unexplained

We are still in the very early stages of our investigation and are keeping an open mind about what has happened. At the moment, we are treating the cause of this man’s death as unexplained. We’ve already had a good response from members of the public who were in the Cross Street area last night and I would like to thank them for their assistance.

– Detective Chief Inspector Nick Heelan, Hampshire Police

Man arrested on suspicion of murder after body found

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a body was found in the street on the Isle of Wight. Officers were called by the ambulance service to reports of a man lying on the pavement in Cross Street, Sandown last night. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The area of Cross Street and North Street remains closed while specialist officers conduct their enquiries at the scene.

A post mortem examination is due to take place today. At this time, the man’s death is being treated as unexplained.

Although formal identification has yet to take place, the deceased is believed to be a 44-year-old local man. His next of kin has been informed. A 50-year-old man from Sandown has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently in police custody.

Roads closed after body found in street on Isle of Wight

A police cordon is in place Credit: Darren Toogood, Bright Wight Images

A police cordon is in place on the Isle of Wight after a man's body was found in the street. Officers were called to North Street, Sandown, at around 2.40am following the discovery of the body.

The police cordon going up Credit: Darren Toogood, Bright Wight Images
Officers at the scene in the early hours of this morning Credit: Darren Toogood, Bright Wight Images

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Mobility scooter stolen from charity volunteer worker

A charity volunteer on the Isle of Wight has had his mobility scooter stolen, prompting police to investigate.

The victim, who is in his 40s, travels to the British Heart Foundation store in Newport where he volunteers on his scooter, and parks it outside the building on Taylor Road.

The scooter was last seen on Thursday26th June at 11am. By 12pm the same day, it was gone.

The scooter is electric blue in colour with black seat cover, battery cover and foot rug.

Investigating officer PC Matt Wilford said, "Both the victim and his wife use the scooter, and have had to obtain alternative help just to get around as a result of this theft.”

Possible new sighting of missing IOW woman

Police searching for a missing Isle of Wight woman are issuing a new appeal after they received a sighting of the 53-year-old woman earlier today.

There was a report of a woman similar to Victoria Bailey walking along New Barn Road towards York Avenue in East Cowes on the island at around 9.15am.

The woman was described as wearing a purple blouse and black three-quarter length trousers. A police search of the area was carried out earlier today but there were no further sightings.

This appeal is for Victoria, the person seen, or anyone with information about their identity, to contact police so the accuracy of this sighting can be assessed further as soon as possible.

Family renew appeal for missing IOW woman

The family of missing Isle of Wight woman Victoria Bailey are speaking out Credit: Hampshire Police

The family of a missing woman from the Isle of Wight are renewing their appeal after she was last seen on the 7th June.

53-year-old Victoria Bailey was last seen at 2.18pm in Freshwater as she was getting off the number 12 bus. She is then believed to have walked towards Tennyson Trail.

She was wearing sunglasses, a beige/brown jacket, dark top, scarf, and blue jeans at this time.

Her sister, Lisa Lawrenson, has made a public appeal to her sister:

"Vicky please make contact with me or Mum, the police or anyone just to let us know that you are safe and well. You don’t have to tell us where you are just that you are ok as we are desperately worried about you. We all miss you terribly and love you very much. Please Vicky.

"Our family is desperate for news of Vicky’s whereabouts. Also I implore if anyone has found a mobile phone or a rucksack to hand them into police as a matter of urgency.”

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