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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

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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

Woman seriously injured after robbery

A woman was left with a fractured nose, bruising and lost some teeth after a robbery in the Isle of Wight.

The 54-year-old victim was walking home from Newport at around 12.25pm on Sunday 3rd November.

She was approached by a man in the area of Caesars Road who attacked her and stole her handbag.

The black handbag contained a mobile phone, bank cards, make up, keys and cash.

The victim described the man as white, 6ft tall with a bald head. He spoke with a foreign accent.

Anyone with information can contact DS Gary Lyons at Newport DCID by phoning 101.

This is a very unusual crime in the amount of violence used and occurred in a quiet residential area. I would also like to appeal to anyone with private CCTV in the area to speak to us as this may help with our enquiries into identifying the suspect"

– Gary Lyons of Newport DCI

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Victim has suspected broken eye socket after assault

A victim of an assault has been left with a suspected broken eye socket plus bruising and swelling to the face.

The incident happened near to the William Coppin Public House in Newport in the early hours of the morning of Sunday 8th September.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Andy Cooper of Newport DCID said, "There had been a minor altercation inside the pub earlier in the evening. When the man left, he was assaulted by another man who was with two women."

Anyone with information should contact DC Cooper at Newport DCID by phoning 101.

Tourists' cars and bike vandalised on Isle of Wight

Tourists have had their holidays ruined on the Isle of Wight after four cars and a motorbike were vandalised or set on fire during the early hours. Two cars were set alight between 2am and 3.30am in the Drill Hall Road car park in Newport, damaging nearby cars.

A further two vehicles were set alight in nearby Alexandra Lane and a motorbike parked in nearby Lugley Street had its fuel and coolant lines stolen, which is also believed to be linked. Many of the vehicles were owned by holiday makers who had clothing and possessions in the vehicles at the time.

A 17-year-old man is in custody at Newport Police Station.

Robbery: Police appeal for help

Detective Constable Peter Russell, from Newport CID, said: “We believe both these attacks were carried out by the same group of men and happened within minutes of each other.

“We have already spoken to a number of people but are keen to hear from anyone who may have been in the area last night and saw or heard anything that can help us with our investigation.

“Incidents like this don’t happen often on the Isle of Wight but I’d like to remind people to be vigilant when out walking and be aware of their surroundings.”

Anyone with any information should contact Det Con Russell at Newport police station on 101 or the Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Offenders may have struck before

Police believe that the three offenders may have been responsible for a similar attack shortly before the robbery.

Detectives have received a report of an assault in the same location, which is believed to involve the same group of men.

A 17-year-old boy was punched in the face but managed to run off.

Officers are conducting enquiries in the area and would like to speak to anyone who may know who was responsible.

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