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Man found with serious injuries in Newport dies in hospital

Credit: Darren Toogood

A man found with serious head injuries in Newport on the Isle of Wight has died, police have confirmed.

The 49-year-old, who has not been identified, was discovered in St James' Street just before 4am on Sunday (Feb 14).

He was taken to hospital but died this morning. Officers continue to investigate the circumstances of his death.

Two 20-year-old men and a 21-year-old man from Newport have been arrested and remain in custody being questioned on suspicion of murder.

A police cordon in the area of St James’ Street earlier today has now been removed.

Former priest jailed for historic child sex offences

Michael Feben was a priest and 'offended for decades'

A 75-year-old man has been sentenced to six years behind bars at Reading Crown Court after pleading guilty, at a preliminary hearing, to historic child sex offences which took place in Windsor, Bournemouth and the Isle of Wight between 1965 and 1979.

Michael Feben, of Medina Avenue, Newport, pleaded guilty to six offences relating to three boys, aged between 11 and 13 years old.

Feben was a priest and aged in his twenties at the time of these offences and continued to offend for decades. This was a gross breach of his position of trust, as he took advantage of young boys who attended his parish.

These victims are now men, who have waited a long time to see justice done for the abuse they suffered.

– Det Con Francesca Worley


Suspicious incident in Newport

Police are appealing for witnesses following a report of a suspicious incident in Newport on the Isle of Wight. Detectives are investigating after a 13-year-old girl was approached by a man as she walked home along the footpath that runs behind Christ the King College at about 3.45pm on Tuesday.

The man has gone to grab the girl, however she was able to push him off and get away. She was uninjured, but shaken by the incident. The man was described as:

  • White
  • About 6ft 1ins tall
  • Average build with a bit of a belly.
  • Late 40s to mid 50s
  • Short, dark brown/greyish coloured very curly hair
  • Bushy eyebrows
  • Wearing a brown coat

Local Safer Neighbourhood Teams will be patrolling the area and offering advice and reassurance to local schools in the vicinity.

Fresh appeal for information

Police are appealing for information about a crash between two cars in Newport. The accident happened around 10.30 on Saturday morning. A red Suzuki Jimny and a blue Renault Clio collided on Forest Road near the junction with Whitehouse Road.

The driver of the Clio - 79-year-old man from Cowes - was seriously injured and taken to St Mary’s hospital.

The passengers - an 85-year-old, 46-year-old man, and a 58-year-old - were taken to St Mary’s Hospital with minor injuries and later discharged.

Officers would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision or saw either vehicle driving prior to it. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Shanklin Roads Policing unit on 101 quoting Operation Petalyte.

Arson attacks on cars

Police on the Isle of Wight are appealing for witnesses after three cars were severely damaged in an arson attack in Newport in the early hours of the morning.

Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service were called to the incident at 3.31am and 3.55 am today after a Citroen C3 and a Ford Mondeo parked to the rear of Carisbrooke Road and a Hyundai SantFE parked in Drill Hall Road public car park reported as being on fire.

We are working with Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service to determine the cause of the fires, but believe that they were started deliberately.If you were in the area at the time and saw or heard anything unusual at all please contact police.We are following several lines of enquiry, but would like to hear from any members of the public who can help our investigation."

– Spokesperson, Hampshire Constabulary
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