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Four injured after car deck collapses on ferry

A car deck fully loaded with vehicles has collapsed on a ferry on the Isle of Wight.

Four people have been taken to hospital after the incident at Wightlink's Fishbourne terminal, although none are believed to be in a life-threatening condition.

Paramedics, police and fire crews were called to the scene shortly before 10.30pm yesterday.

A photo obtained by OnTheWight news service showed a number of cars facing downwards on the collapsed deck.

The injured passengers were treated at St Mary's Hospital for a variety of injuries, but all were conscious and breathing, the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service said.

"It is very fortunate that it was only four people injured, all things considered," a spokesman added.

Woman badly hurt in acid attack

A 22-year-old woman who had acid thrown in her face is being treated in a specialist burns unit for "serious facial burns," police have said.

A 48-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm in the attack, which happened in Sandown on the Isle of Wight in the early hours of yesterday.

A spokeswoman for Hampshire Constabulary said, "Police believe this is an isolated incident and are not looking for anyone else in relation to this attack."

A 24-year-old woman, arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender, has been bailed until next week pending further inquiries.


Police 'keeping open mind' over Isle of Wight search

Police have said that they are "keeping an open mind" after the search for two boys reported missing on the Isle of Wight was cancelled.

The force is keeping an open mind about the circumstances of this report. There is no evidence at this time to confirm a criminal offence has been committed deliberately. There could be a completely innocent explanation for what happened. Nothing can be ruled out as we assess all the information available.

We are renewing an appeal for the parents or any relatives of these two boys to contact the police.

– and Isle of Wight Police spokesperson


Missing boys reports 'either a hoax or a false report'

The Coastguard has said that reports of two missing boys were "either a hoax or a false report."

It is an area we can search very well with clear visibility.

We are confident there is no child out there in difficulty.

Either it was a hoax or a false report. The parents left the scene after making the report. Did they find the children and then leave without telling anyone?

– Marine and Coastguard Agency spokesperson

Parents urged to 'confirm missing boys are safe'

A Coastguard spokeswoman said they were hoping to get in contact with the parents of the two boys.

She said: "We would like to hear from the parents to confirm that the children are, in fact, safe."

It is understood that the boys were reported missing at midday but the parents had not been in contact with the emergency services since about 1pm.

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