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More than 60 ill with oyster food poisoning

Blue Marine Foundation

More than 60 people have fallen ill after an outbreak of food poisoning, believed to be linked to oysters.

Public Health England (PHE) said it had received reports of diarrhoea and vomiting from people across the south of England who had eaten the molluscs since the start of September.

Some of the reports have come from Cornwall, Isle of Wight and London.

PHE said operations had ceased at the production site and suppliers had quarantined products.

A spokesman said PHE was working with the Food Standards Agency and councils to identify the cause of the outbreak.

Southampton teens produce rap video to stop knife crime
Hampshire Constabulary has teamed up with a group of teenagers to produce a rap about the dangers of knife crime.
Isle of Wight sex abuse victim launches petition to ban sex offenders from leaving UK
A man who was sexually abused as a child is campaigning for convicted sex offenders to be banned from travelling overseas.

Island Games organisers search for attaché volunteers

Andrew Segal

BBC News

Organisers of the Guernsey 2021 Island Games are appealing for volunteer attachés at the event.

The 2021 NatWest International Island Games are due to be held in the island from 3-9 July.

Organisers said they were looking to recruit about 80 people for the role.

They said the volunteers who would "primarily look after the on-island personal travel and transportation needs of various VIPs, team managers or medical support staff during the games".

They added that they were "aiming to fill well ahead of July 2021 and particularly in time for the planned site visits next July when representatives from each competing island will be in Guernsey".

Guernsey Island Games Association’s Games Director Jon Marley added that good attachés "can be the difference between a smooth-running games or one which is constantly playing catch up".

Anyone interested can find more information on the 2021 games' website.

The games were last hosted in Guernsey in 2003.

Inventor delivers letter to the Isle of Wight in a jet suit
Richard Browning revives a 1934 dream by delivering a letter to the Isle of Wight in a jet suit.

Oliver and Olivia most popular baby names

In the South East, Oliver and Olivia have been revealed as the most popular baby names.

The figures are from 2018 and some believe the show Peaky Blinders has been an inspiration behind many of the choices.

Chart of most popular boys names in the South East of England in 2018
Chart of most popular girls names in the South East of England in 2018

Island trust to use NHS cash on patient tech

Local Democracy Reporting Service

St Mary's Hospital

Isle of Wight NHS Trust is considering using its recently-announced £48m funding on technology that allows patients to assess themselves at home.

Equipment such as "telehealth" boxes enable patients to take their own readings that are sent to healthcare professionals for monitoring.

MP Bob Seely, who visited St Mary's Hospital this week, said such devices would help reduce visits to A&E and the need for patients to visit the mainland, the Local Democracy Reporting Service said.

When Bob Dylan played the Isle of Wight Festival in 1969
It's been 50 years since two brothers booked the US singer-songwriter to play at the English festival.

Severe accident: A3054 Isle Of Wight both ways

BBC News Travel

A3054 Isle Of Wight both ways severe accident, from Garfield Road to John Street.

A3054 Isle Of Wight - A3054 Victoria Street in Ryde blocked and queues in both directions from the Garfield Road junction to the John Street junction, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Isle of Wight monastery offers spiritual internships
The Isle of Wight monastery offering internships to help young believers establish a 'lasting spiritual foundation'.

Fire at farm in Isle of Wight

The Island Echo has live footage of a fire at a barn at Upton on the Isle of Wight.

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South of England weather: Largely fine and sunny

BBC Weather

Aside from the odd shower, it should be a largely fine day with plenty of sunshine and blue skies developing.

Fairly breezy at times. Highs of 22C.

Weather forecast for Southern England

24,900 government-funded trees planted on the Isle of Wight in eight years

There have been 24,900 government-funded trees planted on the Isle of Wight between 2010 and 2018, Forestry Commission data shows.

This works out at 177 trees per 1,000 people.

Between 2010 and 2018 the government funded about 15 million trees in England. Figures for trees planted with private funds or by local councils are not included and the data only covers new trees, not replacements for any that were cut down.

Overall tree planting rates across the UK would need to more than double to combat rising temperatures and climate change, according to official figures.

Last year 13,400 hectares of new trees were planted across the UK, most of them in Scotland, but the Committee on Climate Change says this should rise to at least 30,000 hectares a year.

Campaign group The Woodland Trust said more trees were needed to provide summer shade, reduce air pollution, improve water quality and manage flooding.

The government said it had made it "much easier" to apply for planting grants.

Find out about tree planting across the UK here.

This story has been generated using Forestry Commission data, BBC analysis and some automation.

Watch: Today's weather for the south

Sunny spells this morning but also there is a risk of a few showers.

Through the afternoon, more widespread and heavier showers will spread in from the south-west, potentially thundery.

Maximum Temperature: 21 to 24C.

Showers spreading in from the south-west

Hampshire to run island public health services

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Cowes on the Isle of Wight and the Hampshire coast

Hampshire County Council is to take over the running of public health services on the Isle of Wight.

The authority will deliver services including drug and substance misuse services, mental wellbeing support and sexual health assistance from next month, the Local Democracy Reporting Service said.

The move, which has been requested by Isle of Wight Council, will not save any money but is aimed at ensuring the "best possible outcomes" for residents.

South MPs react to Boris Johnson becoming PM

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Isle of Wight MP Bob Seely has congratulated Boris Johnson on winning the Conservative leadership race.

The Conservative politician said: "Well done Boris on his victory. This is a vote for change. It reflects the mood in our party and I believe in our country.

"People do not want the same old politics as normal. We need change."

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