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Isle of Wight Festival line-up updated

Sam Fender, Mystery Jets and Cage the Elephant have all pulled out of performing at Isle of Wight Festival, which begins today.

Organisers say Friendly Fires, Yung Blud and Starsailor would now replace them on the Big Top line-up for Saturday and Sunday.

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Weather: 'Cool, with outbreaks of rain'

Isle of Wight Festival traffic management begins

Wight festival traffic map
Isle of Wight Council

Traffic management measures for the Isle of Wight Festival have come into force today.

The four-day event at Seaclose Park kicks off tomorrow with performances from Wet Wet Wet and Heather Small.

Other headliners throughout the weekend include Biffy Clyro, George Ezra, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Garbage and Keane.

Traffic routes, road closures and diversions have been set up to direct traffic from the ferry ports and minimise disruption to residents.

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Taxi fare hikes to £2 per mile

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Taxi fares on the Isle of Wight will increase by 20p per mile — the first price hike in six years.

In January, Isle of Wight Councillors voted to increase the cost per mile for taxi fares by 10p per mile and the initial cost of flagging down a taxi was to rise by 50p.

However, 15 per cent of the island's taxi drivers made representations to the council with many objecting to the plans and

Now, the cost per mile will be increased to £2, while the cost of flagging down a taxi will stay at £3.

This will only apply to journeys between 8am and 10pm and late night journeys, or ones on public holidays, will remain the same.

Taxi
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Taxi fares will increase by 20p per mile in the Isle of Wight

Visitors urged to stay away from animals

Visitors to the New Forest are being urged to keep their distance from the national park’s free-roaming animals amid concern many people are getting too close to them.

Head agister Jonathan Gerrelli said: "Most New Forest ponies and donkeys are even-tempered animals and often come close to visitors, but they are not used to being handled and should be left alone.

"The animals may look friendly but can bite or kick, especially when they have young with them."

Treating the animals as tame encourages them to pester people and hang around busy roads and car parks putting them at risk of road accidents, the New Forest National Park Authority said.

New Forest ponies are well adapted to thrive all year round in the wild and there is no need to feed them, it added.

The posters that are being put up across the New Forest
New Forest National Park Authority
Posters are being put up across the New Forest

Campaign to save mental health day centres

Local Democracy Reporting Service

More than 5,500 people have signed a petition to try to save four mental health day centres on the Isle of Wight.

Under council proposals, centres in Cowes, Ryde, Freshwater and Ventnor would close to save £145,000.

About 75 people have attended a meeting, raising serious concerns and urging the Isle of Wight Council to reconsider its decision.

Riboleau mental health day centre in Ryde
BBC
Riboleau in Ryde is one of three day centres at risk

Search for missing IoW teen

Connor
Hampshire Constabulary

Police are searching for a boy who went missing on the Isle of Wight yesterday evening.

Thirteen-year-old Connor was last seen in Newport at 18:50 BST and was wearing a navy top with a white stripe and grey tracksuit bottoms.

He is described as white, about 5ft tall, slim and has blonde hair and blue eyes.

Bridge reopens after two-year closure

A bridge near the Isle of Wight Festival site in Newport which has been closed since June 2017 after it was declared unsafe for large vehicles has reopened.

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Monday's weather forecast: Dry and fine but cooler

Staying mostly dry with sunny spells but feeling noticeably cooler than the weekend.

The odd light shower cannot be ruled out in the late afternoon.

Maximum Temperature: 16 to 19°C (61 to 66°F).

Dry and fine but cooler today

Man charged with murdering ex-councillor Gerry White

Gerry White
ISLE OF WIGHT COUNCIL
Gerry White represented Lake North on Isle of Wight Council

A man has been charged with the murder of a former councillor whose body was found in woodland on the Isle of Wight.

Gerry White's body was discovered in Lake community gardens off Scotchells Brook Lane on Monday afternoon.

Mr White, 73, from Sandown, was a pub landlord and had sat on Isle of Wight and Lake Parish councils.

Jonathan Stasuik, 60, of Pier Street, Sandown, has been charged with murder and is due to appear before Newport magistrates later.

Severe accident: A3054 Isle Of Wight both ways

BBC News Travel

A3054 Isle Of Wight both ways severe accident, at Staplers Road.

A3054 Isle Of Wight - A3054 Fairlee Road in Barton closed at the Staplers Road junction, because of an accident.

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

BreakingSouth East results

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Brexit Party: 915,686

Lib Dems: 653,743

Green: 343,249

Conservatives: 260,277

Labour: 184,678

Change UK: 105,832

UKIP: 56,487

South East turnout

Turnout in the South East was 39.36% - up from 35.4% in 2014.

The South East region is made up of the Isle of Wight, East Sussex, West Sussex, Hampshire, Kent, Surrey, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

New Isle of Wight freight ferry enters service

A new £10m freight ferry for the Isle of Wight has entered service.

Red Kestrel is the first freight-only roll-on-roll-off vessel to operate between Southampton and East Cowes.

Operator Red Funnel hopes the vessel, which can can carry up to 12 full-sized lorries, will free up space on its conventional car ferries.

It was named last month and has since completed a few weeks of sea trials in the Solent.

Red Kestrel's first sailing
Red Funnel

Weather: Warm and sunny

A fine and warm day with a good deal of sunny spells. However, some scattered showers are also likely to develop this afternoon.

Maximum Temperature: 21°C.

Any showers will fade to leave it dry tonight with clear spells and light winds. A rather mild and humid night though with a minimum temperature of 9°C.

European elections 2019: Polls take place

Voters are heading to the polls for the European Parliament elections.

Seventy-three members, known as MEPs, will be elected in nine constituencies in England, and one each in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Each region has a different number of representatives based on its population, with 10 MEPs in the South East.

Polling stations in the UK are open from 07:00 until 22:00.

The results will be announced once all EU nations have voted, with the voting process expected to be completed by 22:00 on Sunday.

Weather: 'Mostly dry and sunny'

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

Floating bridge suspended

The Isle of Wight's troubled floating bridge is out of action today while scheduled repairs are carried out to its hinges and guidewheels.

A replacement passenger launch is in operation until 23:00.

The chain ferry has suffered a number of technical faults and service interruptions since entering service in 2017.

Floating Bridge
IOW Council

Weather: 'Cloudier and cooler'

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

Chain ferry closes for more repairs

Cowes floating bridge will be out of service again on Tuesday.

The vessel, which launched a year ago, has been beset with problems including running aground and breaking down.

The latest outage is to allow further repairs to hinges and to replace guidewheels.

Foot passengers will be able to cross on a replacement launch service.

Drivers face a detour of up to 10 miles.

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BGT star made island ambassador

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Reggae singer and Britain’s Got Talent star Derek Sandy has been made an Isle of Wight ambassador.

He was given the honour during the interval at last’s night full council meeting.

Derek wowed the BGT judges with his original song, "Welcome to the Isle of Wight", and earned four yeses to go through to the next round.

Managing director of Visit Isle of Wight, Will Myles, presented Derek with a campaign poster, mocked up by the team. He said: "The Visit Isle of Wight website almost crashed that night.

"At 8pm, the page views went up by 165% and the actual individual users went up by 200%. That’s amazing, and thank you to you for doing that."

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Pollution tests off Isle of Wight

Tests are being carried out off the Isle of Wight after a foamy-like substance was reported to the coastguard.

The possible pollution is understood to be in the sea covering a 7km stretch from Fishbourne to Osborne Bay and Cowes Marina.

The coastguard said teams were taking samples to work out what it is.

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Weather: Dry and sunny, but breezy

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

Wednesday will be dry and fine with a brisk east-southeasterly breeze making it feel less warm in coastal areas.

A change in the weather is on the way from Thursday, bringing a risk of showers.

Tuesday's weather forecast: Chilly start but dry and bright day

Today there will be some chance of clouds but generally clear skies.

Temperatures will range from low single figures to highs of 20°C.

South weather: Chilly start but dry and bright day

Monday's weather forecast: Dry and sunny today, but rather breezy

Today will be a dry and mostly sunny day with a chance of some cloud.

However, there will be a keen easterly breeze.

Maximum Temperature: 14 to 17°C (57 to 63°F).

Dry and sunny today, but rather breezy

Son denies killing mother by gross negligence

A man has pleaded not guilty to the manslaughter of his 83-year-old mother.

Anthony Kimber, 61, denied killing his mother Hazel by gross negligence as well as a second charge relating to her of causing the death of a vulnerable adult in August 2015.

The pair shared a home in Ryde Road, Seaview, Isle of Wight, Winchester Crown Court heard.

Mr Kimber was released on unconditional bail to attend trial on 28 October.

Ryde Road
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'New evidence' in fishermen cocaine case

New radar data has become available in the case of five fishermen convicted of trying to smuggle cocaine with a street value of £53m into the UK, a criminal appeals charity has said.

The men from the Isle of Wight were jailed for up to 24 years each - combined 104-year prison sentence - for masterminding a smuggling operation after a quarter of a tonne of cocaine was found floating in the sea off the island.

A judge must now decide if the case can be sent back to the Court of Appeal.

The National Crime Agency says it is not appropriate to comment on the case while legal proceedings are ongoing.

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