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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Police have launched an investigation after a man's body was found on the pavement on the Isle of Wight.
Officers were called to North Street, Sandown, at around 2.40am following the discovery of the body.
They have closed Cross Street and North Street while the investigation continues.
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.”