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Missy Elliott to headline at Bestival

Missy Elliott is to 'get her Island freak on' Credit: Bestival

Missy Elliott is to headline at the Summer of Love during Bestival on the Isle of Wight in September.

She is coming to Robin Hill for her first UK show in nine years, and will be the Sunday night headliner.

The Get Ur Freak On star hails from Portsmouth, Virginia and has five Grammy awards, along with one double platinum and four platinum albums.

Shecan't wait to see all her fans in England.

"We are gonna have a blast together," she said.


Girl rescued after swimmers 'tried to reach festival site'

The swimmers were thought to be heading for the festival site Credit: ITV

A young girl has been rescued after reports of several young people in the River Medina - possibly trying to reach the Isle of Wight Festival site.

Solent Coastguard was alerted along with Cowes RNLI and the police launch.

One of the swimmers, a girl, was rescued by a yacht and taken by ambulance to St Mary’s Hospital.

Using their powerful searchlights, the lifeboat and police launch began a thorough search of the water from Island Harbour to the Table Table pub/restaurant for what appeared to be three youths.

Eventually the search was called off without any sign of the other young people.

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...

Festival present is just the ticket for newlyweds

Festival-goers have been arriving on the Isle of Wight for this year's music festival.

It's the 13th time the event has been run - and among the headline acts are the band Fleetwood Mac.

For most people, it's about camping, socialising and enjoying the performances - but for one couple this year's Isle of Wight Festival is extra special. Divya Kohli reports from the island.


Concern for missing teenager

Mason Gagen was last seen on Thursday morning Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

Police are appealing for information about the whereabouts of a missing teenager from the Isle of Wight.

Mason Gagen, aged 15, was last seen at around 7.30am on Thursday, April 30, 2015, having left his home address in Wroxall.

He is described as:

  • White
  • 5ft 5ins to 5ft 7ins tall
  • Slim build
  • Black hair with ginger undertones, styled in a quiff

“We're becoming increasingly concerned for Mason's welfare. It's believed he may be attempting to travel to, or be in the Yorkshire area. If you have seen him or know where he is, please contact officers at Newport police station. Equally I would appeal to Mason directly to contact police to let us know he’s ok.”

– Investigating officer PC Kirsty Dunn

Officers investigated over sexual offences will not face action

Three police officers arrested as part of an investigation into serious sexual offences on a holiday island will face no action, it emerged today.

All 13 men, including the three serving offices, were released from police bail and will face no charges after detectives received independent advice from the Crown Prosecution Service and a specialist barrister.

The men were arrested after a female member of the public made allegations about incidents reported to have taken place on the Isle of Wight during 2014.

Six men, including the three officers, were arrested in December 2014, at which point the officers were suspended from duty. Another seven arrests were made in February after further investigation took place.

None of the officers will face disciplinary proceedings and will return to work with Hampshire Police later this year.

We have full confidence in the honesty and integrity of the three officers, all of whom have been exonerated. They have been supported throughout the investigation by dedicated welfare officers and representatives from the Police Federation.

– Superintendent Julie Fry

The woman who made the allegations was informed of the decision before it was made public.

Police said there were no further lines of inquiry at this time and the allegations were not being linked to any other known cases or crimes.

Investigating any allegation fully, irrespective of those involved, is essential to maintaining public trust and confidence in policing. Lines of inquiry during Operation Annaside have been conducted with meticulous care and precision due to the exceptionally sensitive nature of these allegations - and the impact on the lives, families and welfare of everyone affected.

We have made every effort to handle this investigation with fairness, transparency and impartial scrutiny.

– Superintendent Julie Fry
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