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CYCLONE YASI Two former Sandown High School pupils have survived a major cyclone that has battered the North Queensland coast of Australia with winds of up to 185mph, leaving thousands without homes or electricity. Island residents James Hilson, 21, and Ben Rayner, 20, both of Blythe Way, Shanklin, found themselves in the centre of Cyclone Yasi, which is described as being Australia’s biggest storm in over 100 years. The young Islanders, who were backpacking around Australia, had traveled to the city of Innisfail to pick bananas when the cyclone struck, and ended up spending a night in a makeshift evacuation shelter, transformed from a town hall.

Yesterday morning (Thursday February 3) the boys made contact from a public telephone to tell their parents that they were safe and well, bringing their parents agonizing wait for news to an end. Residents of Innisfail were forced to hammer extra wooden boards on to the bottom of doors, in an attempt to stop water flooding inside. A spokesman for Queensland police said: “Although no deaths or injuries have been reported, the extent of the damage will not become apparent for a number of days.” Cyclone Yasi brings another blow to the local economy of Innisfail after the floods in December and January, which left 35 people dead.


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TWO EWES DIE AFTER DOG ATTACK Island Police are appealing for information after two recent reports of sheep being found dead and injured on farmland in Ryde, Isle of Wight. The first report related to the bodies of two large adult sheep discovered close to a footpath through fields near Whitefield Woods. It’s believed they were killed by another animal sometime between 8pm on Wednesday, January 5 and 8.40am on Thursday, January 6, 2011, the gruesome find was made by farmer Ross Brading close to a foot path on his Ryde farm. The upset farmer said” It makes me very angry my stock should have been giving birth to eight or nine lambs, In all my 20 years experience of farming I never experienced these kind of attacks against my livestock.” A second report was received after at least four sheep

were injured during an apparent attack by another animal in the same area sometime between 8pm on Tuesday, January 25 and 8am on Wednesday, January 26, 2011. Country Watch police officer PC Nick Massey of the Rural East Safer Neighbourhoods team said: “Two similar reports in the same place in one month mean we’re treating these reports as potential wildlife crimes. “I’m appealing to anyone who has used the footpaths in and around Whitefield Woods during the past month to contact police if they remember noticing suspicious behaviour. “The sheep’s injuries suggest they were attacked by another animal, possibly a large dog. Although there is no evidence at the moment to confirm a dog owner was nearby when these attacks

happened, I would still like to take this opportunity to remind people with dogs about their responsibilities under the law. “Dog owners should keep their pets under control all the time, particularly on a close lead when walking anywhere near livestock. Even the most loving family pet can become a menace when away from its owner’s control and encountering sheep. Owners can face prosecution and heavy costs if their dogs are caught worrying livestock.” Officers have issued an alert to farmers and landowners through the Isle of Wight Country Watch rural policing database. This project is the rural equivalent of Neighbourhood Watch. Its purpose is to reinforce links with rural and remote communities on the island to encourage a

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greater exchange of information that can stop and solve crimes swiftly. For more information, go to http://www.hampshire.police.uk/ Internet/rural/Isle+of+Wight+OCU. htmlInformation can be shared with the police through a dedicated email address iow.countrywatch@hampshire.pnn.police. uk. Anyone with information can also contact police by phoning 101. From outside Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, call police on 0845 045 45 45. Mini-Com users can call the police on 01962 875000. Information can be given anonymously by calling the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.


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SAILING CATAMARAN IN RESCUE DRAMA An unmanned sailing catamaran was at the centre of a rescue operation on Sunday morning (January 30) off the Shanklin shoreline. The owner and his vessel had made passage from France to Shanklin, however in the shallows of the Shanklin shoreline the sailor was thrown from the vessel, sparking a rescue drama. A large wave took hold of the unmanned sailing Catamaran and swept it out to sea. The man, who was uninjured, raised the alarm shortly after 9am. Solent Coastguard ordered the launch of the Independent lifeboat from Sandown and Shanklin, as the catamaran became a high risk to shipping in the area. Sandown and Shanklin Independent lifeboat Operations Manager Mark Birch said: “We faced a bit of a challenge as the Catamaran was making with some speed. By the time we had caught up with it, it had sailed 3.5 miles off shore. “Carefully manoeuvring the lifeboat into place, we put a crew member aboard who managed to drop the main sail. We then attached a tow line to the vessel and recovered it back to our boat house, to a very happy owner”.

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STRAY sparks from controlled burning are being blamed for a garage fire which gutted the outbuilding in the early hours of Sunday morning (January 30). Firecrews from East Cowes and Newport tackled the blaze at the disused garage on Osbourne Road, as thick black clouds swept across the town in the early hours. The empty building, 5 metres square, is to be demolished to make way for an extension, it is believed. The fire was spotted by neighbours in the road, who raised the alarm at just after 12.37pm on Sunday, January 30. Firefighters fought the flames with a high pressure hose reel, stopping the fire from spreading to a nearby attached property. It took crews two hours to extinguish the blaze and fire crews believe the sparks are at fault, but an investigation will take place. An Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue spokesman said: “The cause of the fire is thought to be been caused by a stray spark from controlled burning that had taken place hours earlier”.

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The manager of the recently opened Waitrose superstore has hit out at Council plans to charge foot passengers to use the floating bridge in East Cowes, ‘The Gazette’ has learnt. A campaign to stop plans that have angered many residents in both Cowes and East Cowes is totally supported by Richard Tudor-Thomas, who attended a meeting in support of stopping the new charging scale. Mr Tudor-Thomas has openly said that it would damage business. He went on to say had the store know of the charges,

they would have thought twice about opening the store in East Cowes. Plans revealed by the Isle of Wight Council are to charge every user including pedestrians who currently travel for free. The manager of the Waitrose store is arguing with the Council, to come and talk to them to work out a better solution. The new charging scale, if it comes into force, will charge pedestrians, pillion passengers on motorbikes and passengers

in cars for using the crossing. Mr Tudor-Thomas has said: “We share concerns about the impact this will have on us all as local traders and firmly believe shops and the town as a whole would be best served by maintaining existing prices. “We opened a store in East Cowes under the impression we would be part of an important regeneration project with the shared aim of revitalizing the town as an attractive retail destination. “Whilst we remain as committed as ever to doing our

part to attract shoppers to East Cowes, it is very doubtful we would have invested in the site if the charges had been in place at the time we completed the purchase. “Traders rely on shoppers being able to travel between the two parts of Cowes and the proposals are likely to cause significant harm to local businesses. We would therefore urge the council to consider alternative options to avoid damaging the local economy and would be happy to discuss these with them.”

ISLAND DRIVERS WARNED OVER EMAIL SCAM Island drivers are being warned to be on the lookout and not become part of a growing email scam. An email is in circulation stating it’s from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) and the Authority is updating its computer systems. It asks the receiver to enter there details after clicking an online link. DVLA’s Corporate Affairs Director, David Evans commented yesterday: “We are aware that some members of the public have received these e-mails” but confirmed that they were not issued by the DVLA. An email that has been sent to drivers asking them to verify their license details via a convincing online link, which is in fact a scam, and is attempting to trick driving license holders into giving their details, possibly for the purposes of identity theft.

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GRENADE SPARKS ALERT AT MERSTONE FARM

Royal Navy bomb disposal experts were called to a farm in Merstone on Tuesday morning (February 1) after a walker discovered an unexploded bomb, believed to be from the Second World War. Specialists were summoned by Island police after the device was discovered at Cheeks Farm, off Merstone Lane. Bomb specialists used 8 pounds of explosive and sandbags to destroy the device, believed to be a sticky bomb. The walker spotted the suspicious device in a hedge and went home to identify what he had found using Google search. Police closed off Elm Lane, Merstone while disposal experts carried out a controlled explosion on the device. No one was evacuated in the area.

LOVE TRIANGLE OAP SENTANCE REDUCED An OAP who used a solid iron bar to batter a singer to death, has had his sentence reduced this. Former serviceman William Heywood, 69, was in the middle of a traffic love triangle Richie Ball and a woman named Ann Allen. On the evening of July 25 2009, Heywood lay in waiting outside the in the car park of Sands Hotel, Sandown for Mr Ball. Ball had been performing at the hotel during the evening, Heywood violently attacked him with the iron ba, striking him across the head which resulted in a fractured skull. Mr Ball, 57,later died in hospital three weeks later. Heywood appealed his sentence, and on Wednesday (February 2) a judge reduced his minimum term of 11 years to just 9 years at the Criminal Appeal Court in London


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A Newport inquest heard this week how an 87-year-old dog lover from Whippingham ended her life after her pet was taken away by an animal rescue centre. Former veterinary nurse Joan Mary Crowhurst was found dead on her livingroom floor, having taken an overdose. Crowhurst left a handwritten note on her mantelpiece that read: “You stole my dog, you stole my life”. Crowhurst had adopted a Dalmatian named Gemma six years ago

from Pets at Rest, Pan Lane, Newport. In June last year, the nurse was taken to hospital after collapsing at her home, and the dog was taken back to the centre, the Isle of Wight Coroner’s Court heard. Crowhurst, who kept dogs throughout her life, was in hospital and then transferred to a care home for around a month before she was allowed back to her house in Campfield Road, Whippingham. Crowhurst took her own life two weeks later.

MAN CHARGED WITH BURGLARY IN VENTNOR

Island Police have charged a man with one count of burglary in Ventnor, which took place on January 1, 2011. Aaron Terrance Ford, aged 21, of Fort Mews, Sandown, was charged on Monday (January 31) and was released on bail until February 11, 2011 when he is due to appear at the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court. The charge follows an investigation led by detectives from Isle of Wight CID.

POLICE PROBE RACE ATTACK Island police are investigating a report of racially aggravated abuse against a mother-of-two travelling on a Southern Vectis bus on the Island. The 36-year-old woman of Thai origin from Newport, Isle of Wight boarded a number one bus with her two young children at Newport Bus Station at 4.30pm on Friday (January 21). The family were sat near the back of the single decker bus, where a man was alleged to have been shouting and swearing while travelling with a woman and a dog on the back seat. When the woman of Thai origin challenged the man because of his anti-social behaviour, he made racially abusive remarks towards her. The suspect is described as:

- White - Aged in his 30s - Short spiked brown hair, which appeared to be gelled. - Between 5 ft 6 ins and 5 ft 8 ins tall - Clean shaven He was wearing: - Reading glasses - White jacket - Jeans The woman sitting with the suspect was described as: - White - Aged in her 30s - Skinny build - 5 ft 8 ins tall - Brown hair She was wearing a dark coloured jacket The man’s dog was described as either a black Staffordshire bull terrier or Pit bull terrier. The dog was wearing a pink or red collar with an ID tag in a heart shape. Investigating officer

PC Lucy Critchlow of the Isle of Wight’s Targeted Patrol Teams (TPT) said: “Although the victim was not physically threatened or hurt, she was clearly upset and distressed by the man’s behaviour, particularly as her two young children were also travelling on the bus. “We’d like to hear from other passengers who were travelling on the number one Southern Vectis single decker bus, which left Newport Bus Station for West Cowes at 4.30pm on Friday, January 21. “I’m also appealing for people who were at Newport Bus Station on Friday, January 21 to come forward if they know the identities of the suspects.”

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77 RESCUED AFTER GEARBOX FAILURE

A High Speed Red Jet with 77 passengers on board had to be recovered by a tug boat after a major gearbox failure, ‘The Gazette’ can exclusively reveal. Passengers were issued with lifejackets on board Red Jet 4 after a safety cut off valve kicked in on the 1515 sailing from Southampton to West Cowes on Wednesday (February 2). Passenger Lisa Millroy from East Cowes, who had spent the day shopping in Southampton spoke exclusively to ‘The Gazette’ of how the drama on board unfolded...“It was all very worrying. There were quite a few school children on board, who looked very scared. We were just coming into West Cowes to dock when there was a loud bang and the engines cut out.

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A specialist outdoor pursuits centre in Mid-Wales, owned by the Isle of Wight Council, lays empty, ‘The Gazette’ can reveal. The Isle of Wight Council purchased the centre in 1986 as a residential outdoor pursuit centre for Island school children, however the centre now lays empty, after council bosses closed it in 2009. Located near to the town of Newtown, the centre is self-catering and has two separate dorms, which accommodate 18 males & 14 females, as well as 2 separate rooms for staff, each sleeping 3. There are showers and toilets in each dorm, as well as a separate shower room for staff, which is disabled compliant. A large tarmac and grass area is ideal for BBQs, camping etc. There are a variety of places of interest in the area, and a wide range of activities that groups can get involved in. Some of these places and activities include a ten-minute

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that we would have to wait for a tug to take us back to Southampton. “The tug dragged us back to Southampton, where we were given priority boarding passes and a free hot drink”. An MCA spokesperson said: “The Southampton VTS were informed of the break down. It is believed that a gearbox failure was the cause of this incident”.

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drive from the Snowdonia Mountain Ranges, Hiking, Slate Mines, Paintball, Quad Biking, Archery, Canoeing and Clay Walking. Isle of Wight Council’s Head of Strategic Asset Management, Barry Cooke said: “The Isle of Wight Council purchased the property in 1986 for use as a residential outdoor pursuit centre for Island school children. It closed in 2009 and was put up for sale. “Due to planning restrictions in the area it has been difficult to dispose of the property. We are now attempting to get change of use to ‘Residential’ which we hope will generate more interest in the property and enable us to secure a disposal. “We currently don’t pay rates as the property is vacant and Powys County Council has reimbursed the rates paid in May 2010. Ongoing maintenance costs are kept to a minimum as the property is vacant.”

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MAN ARRESTED Gazette OVER LEAD THEFT THE ISLE OF WIGHT

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A 20-year-old man from Newport, Isle of Wight was arrested on Monday, (January 31) on suspicion of theft. The man was taken to Newport Police Station for questioning, and has been bailed until February 18, 2011, pending further enquiries. Investigating officer PC Tim Campany of the West Wight Safer Neighbourhoods team said: “I’d like to thank people in Yarmouth who’ve given me information while I’ve been out on patrol in the town. “The investigation continues while a suspect is on bail.” Police would like to hear from anybody else who noticed suspicious behaviour near Yarmouth Pier towards the end of January.

A report of thefts from a well-known landmark on the Isle of Wight has prompted police to appeal for further information. Approximately 37 lead caps from support posts at Yarmouth Pier are believed to have been stolen sometime overnight between Tuesday, January 25 and Wednesday, January 26, 2011. A forensic examination of the crime scene at Yarmouth Pier has taken place, and the West Wight Safer Neighbourhoods team continues to make enquiries in the community.

Anyone with information can contact the West Wight Safer Neighbourhoods team by phoning 101 or emailing westwight. snt@hampshire.pnn.police.uk From outside Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, call police on 0845 045 45 45. Mini-Com users can call the police on 01962 875000. Information can be given anonymously by calling the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

CHILD TREATED FOR SHOCK AFTER COLLISION A child was treated for shock after a collision with a motorcycle on Monday (Janaury 31). A 51-year-old motorcyclist collided with a 6-year-old child at low speed in Weston Road, Shanklin, shortly after 8.25am. No one was seriously injured in the collision; however the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service treated the child for shock and took him to St Mary’s Hospital as a precaution.

WOW FEST WOW Fest’ could be the latest addition to the Island’s festival line-up this summer. The new festival, planned to take place between August 12-14, is described as a ‘global party with both established and new talent’. WOW Fest is being headed by Phillip Snellen, previously of the Isle of Wight Jazz Festival, however Mr. Snellen states there is no connection between the two events. A decision is yet to be made as to whether or not the festival will take place.

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with lemon and sugar Serves 4 Preparation time: 5 minutes Cooking time: 15 minutes 115g plain flour 1 large egg 300ml semi skimmed milk FryLight Sunflower Oil 1. Sift the flour into a bowl and add the egg. Gradually whisk in the milk to make a smooth batter. 2. Using a non-stick 18cm (7”) frying pan, spray with a sweeping action for even coverage with 2 sprays of Fry Light. Place the pan over a medium high heat until hot, then pour in about 2 tablespoons of batter into the pan. Tilt the pan to make sure the batter covers the whole base of the pan evenly. Cook over a medium heat for 1-2 minutes until all the liquid batter has completely set and is golden brown. Turn and cook the other side for about 30 seconds until golden. 3. Repeat step 2 until all the batter has been used, making 8 pancakes. 4. Serve with lemon juice and sugar, or your favourite topping or filling. Maple syrup is an ideal accompaniment and tinned fruit such as cherries works well. Cook’s tip : to add flavour to the batter add the grated rind of an orange, or 1Ž2 lemon plus 1Ž2 tsp ground cinnamon, to the flour before mixing Nutritional values per portion: Calories: 90; Fat: 3g, of which saturates per portion: 1g

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Chocolate and Orange Pancakes Serves 4 90 g plain flour 20g cocoa powder 25g caster sugar 1 large egg 300ml semi skimmed milk 1Ž2 tsp vanilla essence FryLight® Sunflower Oil Filling: 2 medium oranges 250g tub ricotta cheese 25g plain chocolate, grated 25g sugar

1. Make the filling: grate the zest from 1 of the oranges into a bowl. 2. Cut away the peel and pith from both oranges and cut into segments, allowing the juice to drip into the bowl, but put the segments on a plate to one side. Beat the ricotta into the orange rind and juice until smooth and fold in the grated chocolate. 3. To make the pancakes sift the flour and cocoa into a bowl, add the sugar. Beat the egg, milk and vanilla extract together then add to the dry ingredients and whisk to make a smooth batter. 4. To cook the pancakes, warm a non-stick frying pan spray about 5 times with FryLight® then pour in a very large tablespoon of batter which should be enough just to cover the base thinly, tilt the pan to evenly distribute the batter. Place on the hob and cook over a medium hot setting. 5. When the edges are golden and the batter looks set, toss or turn with a palette knife and cook the other side about 1 minute until golden. Remove from the pan and keep warm 6. Lift the pan off the hob, re-spray with FryLight® and add another spoonful of batter, after tilting the pan, set back on the hob to cook. Continue cooking the pancakes in this way until all the batter is used. 7. Place a tablespoon of the ricotta fill onto each pancake and either roll up or fold into a cornet, decorate each with 2 orange segments.


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Cherry Pancakes Serves 4 50g plain white flour 75g buckwheat flour 1 large egg 300ml semi-skimmed milk FryLight® Sunflower Oil For the fruit filling : 120ml medium dry white wine 25g fruit sugar 250g fresh cherries 2 tsp arrowroot For the pancakes : 1. Put the white wine, 4 tbsp water and sugar into a saucepan and bring to the boil, reduce to simmer 2-3 minutes. Stone the cherries, halve then add to the syrup and poach for 2 minutes.

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Blueberry Pancakes Serves 4 - makes 12 small ones 120g plain flour 1 tsp baking powder 1 tbsp caster sugar 2 eggs, separated FryLight Sunflower Oil 1 tsp vanilla extract 150ml semi-skimmed milk 200g blueberries 1 medium orange 2 tbsp runny honey 1. To make batter, put the flour, baking powder caster sugar, egg yolks, vanilla and milk into a bowl, beat to make a thick and smooth batter. Whisk the egg whites until stiff then carefully fold into the batter with 75g of the blueberries. Set aside 2. Grate the zest from the orange into a small pan, add the juice and honey. Bring to simmer and cook until syrupy, add the rest of the blueberries and cook for 3-4 minutes until they release some juice and just begin to soften. Remove from the heat. 3. To cook the pancakes, warm a large flat non-stick frying pan. Spray a few times with FryLight® then drop 4-5 tablespoons of the mixture into the pan. Cook over a medium heat 3-4 minutes until the underside is golden brown and set. Turn the pancakes over and cook the other side until golden. Re-spray the pan with FryLight® and repeat the cooking method with the rest of the batter. 4. Serve the pancakes with the blueberry sauce drizzled over. Nutritional values per portion: 95 calories; 3.5g fat, of which 0.5g saturated fat

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2. Blend the arrowroot with a tablespoon of water and stir into the cherries, bring to the boil and stir until the syrup thickens. 3. To make the pancakes, put the flours into a bowl, beat in the egg and a little milk with a wooden spoon. Gradually beat in the remaining milk until a smooth batter forms. Alternatively put all the ingredients in a food processor or blender and whiz to make the batter. 4. Heat a small non-stick frying pan, spray about 6 times with FryLight® then pour in enough batter to thinly coat the base of the pan. Cook over a medium high heat until golden brown and turn over and cook the other side. Turn the pancake onto a plate, keep warm. Repeat the process until all the batter is used and 8 pancakes are made. 5. Serve the pancakes with the warm cherry sauce

Nutritional values per portion: 266 cals; 4g fat, of which 1.5g sat’d fat


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ANNUAL FAMILY EVENT SHOWCASES FIGHT AGAINST CRIME

A major event in Newport next week will showcase over 35 community safety organisations, telling visitors how they work together to help tackle and prevent crime. ‘Partners Against Crime’, which was held for the first time last year and was a follow up to the popular ‘Question Crime’ event in 2009, is a multi-agency day for all the family organised by the Isle of Wight Community Safety Partnership. Major organisations including the Isle of Wight Council, Hampshire Constabulary, the Island’s NHS, the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service and the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Probation Trust will be joined by a large number of other organisations for the day. It will again be held at Medina Leisure Centre on Saturday 12 February between 1000 – 1530 and will feature displays, demonstrations, showcase services and provide consultation opportunities.

This year’s Partners Against Crime will cover the five key priorities for the partnership. These are Substance Misuse, Anti-Social Behaviour, Domestic Abuse, Reducing Offending and Protecting Vulnerable Individuals. A Taser demonstration, drugs dog displays, Smartwater demonstration, a security tag display, a Road Traffic Collision demonstration and magic shows for children of all ages with a Community Safety twist will be taking place throughout the day. Community chefs will cook up some healthy eating ideas and mocktails, an alternative to alcohol. A selection of emergency service and community safety vehicles will be on display including a fire engine, police road policing unit, ambulance, NHS and police 4x4s and the road safety trailer. Isle of Wight Council Leader David Pugh said the event is a follow on from last year, saying “All of the Isle of Wight’s major

organisations work together on a daily basis to help reduce crime and improve the every day lives of residents. “This can be anything from reducing drug use so users don’t commit crime to fund their habits, preventing shops from selling age restricted products to underage people, cracking down on speeding and helping reduce accidents – the list goes on. “It is very important the council and its partners provide events such as Partners Against Crime as it gives people a chance to see what we do, while also interacting and speaking to the various agencies involved.” Isle of Wight Police Commander, Superintendent Norman Mellors, said: “I believe reductions in crime are achieved where strong links exist between residents, neighbourhood leaders and community safety professionals. “Public support for local police and partner agencies is an essential element in warning criminals they’ll be never

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tolerated on our Island. I look forward to seeing as many residents as possible on February 12 when there’s an opportunity to both witness and get more involved in our combined efforts to keep the island safe.” Kevin Flynn, Chief Executive, NHS Isle of Wight said “Partners Against Crime is a very important event because creating a safe environment encourages people to participate in activities outside the home. This improves health and wellbeing for all ages and sectors of our population. “The NHS has a key part to play which goes beyond treating the victims of crime and we strongly support the event at Medina Leisure Centre.” Parking is available on the main car parks at Medina leisure centre and also on the tennis courts at the rear of Medina High School. There is also parking available at the nearby Seaclose Park.


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The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service works

himself. He would draw attention to himself by

with young people in the community through

being negative and could not bear any positive

LIFE (Local Intervention Fire Education)

attention. The Headteacher could not believe

courses. During June 2009, A pupil from St

what a boost it had been for him and the other

George’s School attended a LIFE course at Ryde

pupils in the school. Luke has been seen by our

Fire Station. It was a real life changing event for

Youth Engagement officer on several occasions

Luke. He had lost his enthusiasm for education

and has been invited to return to the LIFE project

and felt that he could not achieve no matter

as a support instructor on future courses. Luke

how hard he tried. He was also considering

was awarded a High Sheriff’s award in March

whether school was the right thing for him. His

2010 for his achievements on the LIFE course

behaviour had deteriorated at school and the

and subsequent learning at school. For more

main issue was his behaviour towards others,

information about the LIFE project, speak with

which was down to his own inadequacy. After

the Fire and Rescue Service at ‘Partners Against

the LIFE course, he had a real reason to feel

Crime’ on February 12. Alternatively, contact

proud and it had completely rejuvenated him.

the Fire and Rescue Service: Phone: 01983

He wanted to be at school and presented an

533834Email: fire.communitysafety@iow.gov.

assembly to the whole school using

uk Web: www.iwfire.org.uk

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his portfolio for evidence. Before the project he could not sit in an assembly, let alone present one by

s d n a t S n o Exhibiti

CCTV Crimestoppers charity Drug & Alcohol Action Team Environmental Health Firearms and Knife Education Fire and Rescue Service Forensic CSI Get Sorted drugs education Hampshire Probation Trust Hampshire Search and Rescue HM Prison Isle of Wight Ion Track drugs detection Licensing

Mocktail Bar Neighbourhood Watch NHS IW Ambulance Service NHS services (various) Police services for deaf people Police Special Constables Police volunteer recruitment SmartWater Trading Standards Victim Support Wessex Youth Offending Team


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e f i n K d n a Firearms (FAKE) Education Hampshire Constabulary’s acclaimed campaign to tackle the risks of knives and imitation firearms is heading to the ‘Partners Against Crime’ event on Saturday, February 12. Isle of Wight armed response officer PC Stuart Ross and some of his colleagues will present displays and demonstrations of their work. The campaign known as FAKE, which stands for Firearms And Knife Education, was created by officers from Hampshire Constabulary’s Tactical Firearms Support Unit (TFSU). Formerly known as Fake Gun, Real Trouble, the overall programme, which delivers DVDs and an educational package to schools, youth groups, and partner agency groups across the two counties, was successfully launched in Hampshire in 2007 to raise awareness

of the dangers of carrying a BB gun or imitation firearm and has grown to encompass the potentially lethal threat of knives. The campaign was created when it was discovered that almost 70 per cent of all firearms-related incidents police respond to involved fake guns and air weapons. The FAKE campaign was brought to the island by PC Stuart Ross in October 2008. Armed response officers on the island make regular appearances at public events and schools where more than 16,000 pupils have experienced this interactive education. PC Stuart Ross said: “We are fortunate not to have a serious problem with gun and knife crime on the island, but we are never complacent in wanting to educate the public so a potential tragedy can be

prevented thanks to better awareness of the risks. “Police are again grateful to the organisers of the Partners Against Crime for embracing this campaign and allowing us to deliver these important safety messages to Island residents. Members of the public have been very keen and interested at previous events to understand more about these issues, as well as the roles and responsibilities of an armed response officer. “The message for youngsters and parents is that it’s difficult, even for firearms experts, to distinguish between a fake gun and a real weapon from a distance. Each call to police reporting a firearm being seen prompts the same response involving armed officers. Often, it’s only once the gun is retrieved

t r o p p u S Victim

Victim Support is a national charity giving free and confidential help to victims of crime, witnesses, their family, friends and anyone else affected. Victim Support is not a government agency or part of the police and you don’t have to report a crime to the police to get our help. Victim Support has two services: Community Service and Witness Service Community Service. The Community Service consists of trained volunteers available everyday of the week (including weekends) to talk over the phone or meet face to face. The Witness Service consists of trained volunteers working within the Newport Law Courts every day of the week. Victim Support is recruiting volunteers on the Isle of Wight during our national ‘Find the Strength’ campaign. Visit our stand at Partners Against Crime on February 12. Alternatively, phone 01983 533638, or email: Emily.rose@victimsupport.org.uk or visit www.victimsupport.org.uk

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that officers are able to confirm it is an imitation or BB gun.” “Officers use a variety of props to demonstrate to the students how difficult it is to determine – from sight – whether weapons are real or not. “Imitation firearms and BB guns may seem like harmless fun, by carrying one you are putting yourself at risk; and we are all aware of the serious threat caused by carrying a knife. Our message is very simple: Just don’t do it.” For more information, phone the police on 101 or 0845 045 45 45. Also go online to http://www.hampshire. police.uk/Internet/news/campaigns/ FAKE+Campaign.html


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S E L B A T S N O C L A SPECI

AND POLICE VOLUNTEERS

Could you spare a few hours to help the police in your community? The police force is continuing a campaign at the ‘Partners Against Crime’ event to recruit more volunteers who can make a difference to their community on the Isle of Wight . Our volunteers include Special Constables who give up their time to work as police officers, often in addition to their full time careers. They carry out exactly the same roles as police officers with the same powers, patrolling neighbourhoods, responding to emergency calls, and arresting suspects. Police volunteer roles range from administration support to victim contact work. The opportunities available will vary depending on where you

want to work and how much time you have. The role of a police support volunteer is not to do work that someone would normally be paid for or to cover when people are sick or on holiday. The role of a police support volunteer is to help the police with the tasks that either enable us to give a better service to the communities we serve or to provide support which enables our officers to spend less time on administration or routine tasks and more time in your neighbourhood. On the Isle of Wight in 2010, there were already 17 Special Constables and 11 support volunteers who worked in areas including Safer Neighbourhoods, Public Protection, Community Safety, Corporate Communications and Business Services. A police spokesman

said: “Police volunteers are people with the time to give and the enthusiasm to make a difference. You don’t necessarily have to have any particular skills – although specialists are always welcome – just the right attitude and community values. The hours can usually be flexible to suit you and your commitments. “You will become part of a team, learn new skills, gain in confidence and enhance your own understanding of policing. You will also gain personal satisfaction from the knowledge that you have been generous with your time and talents for the benefit of your community. In return we will benefit from your skills and the knowledge and different perspective you could bring to one of our teams.” Hampshire Constabulary Chief Constable Alex Marshall said: “Communities

e m i r C t s n i a g A ners

Part

s n o i t a r t Demons

Fire and Rescue Service ‘smoke room’ G4S offender tagging demonstration Police drugs dogs Police Taser demonstration Road collision demonstration Road safety & stranger danger advice SmartWater burglary kit demonstration

frequently say that they want to see a uniformed police presence on the streets and in their neighbourhood. It’s my job to make the best use of our resources to achieve this and also deliver a whole variety of other policing services. “Having the support of people who give up their time and talents to help our teams means that I can keep officers and staff where communities want them to be - out of offices and actively working in neighbourhoods.” For more information about becoming a police volunteer, please visit our stand at the Partners Against Crime event on February 12 or contact us on 0845 0454545

Pictured in centre Special Constable Steve Weston


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Medina Leisure Centre, Fairlee Road, Newport Saturday 12 February 2011 10am to 3.30pm -

meet the Community Safety Partnership demonstrations for all the family get up close with a variety of emergency vehicles let us inform you with what we’re doing

Find out more at www.saferwight.org.uk/csi


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FIND YOUR WAY BACK TO WORK WITH JOBCENTRE PLUS

PART OF THE DEPARTMENT FOR WORK AND PENSIONS Hair Stylist JOB TITLE

LOCATION

Television Editor/Camera Person JOB TITLE

LOCATION

Sandown

DESCRIPTION

Previous salon experience is essential. You should have relevant qualifications - NVQ level 3, be reliable and of smart appearance. You should be able to work well as part of a team and have excellent communication/customer service skills. Duties involve all aspects of hair styling and associated tasks. You will be working in a clean and modern salon. Duties will also include assisting on reception when required. Exceeds National Minimum Wage – Negotiable WAGES 15-25 pr week , 2-3 days Mon – Sat 9:30AM - 5:00PM

DURATION

Permanent

JOB CENTRE PLUS REFERENCE NUMBER. HOW TO APPLY

JOB TITLEChef

DURATION

Permanent

RFM/6901 - Visit www.direct.gov.uk or call 01983 273747 to speak to an adviser quoting the reference number

JOB CENTRE PLUS REFERENCE NUMBER. HOW TO APPLY

LOCATION

Ryde

DESCRIPTION

£25.80 per day

WAGES

WAGES

40-48 hrs per week - 5/6 days from 7 – days and weekends

Tester/ Mechanic JOBMOT TITLE

Previous cooking experience for up to 24 meals preferred. Duties preparing and cooking Sunday lunch for elderly clients. Health and hygiene certificate preferred but training can be provided. Keeping kitchen clean and tidy Successful applicants are required to provide an enhanced disclosure. Disclosure expense will be met by employer.

3 hrs Sun – 10am – 1pm

DESCRIPTION

MUST HAVE previous experience in television editing and camera work. Duties will include editing of television programmes and camera work on location, mainly based on the Island.

£15,000 per annum

RFM/6777 -Visit www.direct.gov.uk or call 01983 273747 to speak to an adviser quoting the reference number

LOCATION

Bembridge

DURATION

Permanent

RFM/6895 - Visit www.direct.gov.uk or call 01983 273747 to speak to an adviser quoting the reference number

JOB CENTRE PLUS REFERENCE NUMBER. HOW TO APPLY

Newport

DESCRIPTION

Must have relevant mechanical experience. Experienced MOT Tester/ Mechanic required. Must have own tools. Duties include vehicle repairs and maintenance, MOT testing and all other associated tasks as required. A pension scheme is available if required. A discounted private health scheme is also available. Negotiable wage depending on experience

WAGES

44 hours per week, 5.5 days from 7, between 8.30am - 5.30pm

DURATION

Permanent

JOB CENTRE PLUS REFERENCE NUMBER. HOW TO APPLY

NIW/11728- Visit www.direct.gov.uk or call 01983 273747 to speak to an adviser quoting the reference number

Class 1 (C + E) Driver JOBHGVTITLE

LOCATION

Ryde

DESCRIPTION

A successful haulage company based on Isle of Wight is looking for a HGV Class 1 (C + E) Driver to join their busy team. This is a great opportunity for an experienced Class 1 Driver who is looking for commitment from a company. Your duties will include providing excellent customer service and delivering / collecting goods from Distribution Centres & Supermarkets in the following areas: IOW, Portsmouth, Weybridge. You must have no more than 6 points for minor offences - (due to legal requirements), you must also have a digital Tachograph card and a full understanding of the Tacho laws. The successful candidate will be required to complete a Driver Assessment prior to commencing employment. Negotiable wage depending on experience

WAGES

44 hours per week, 5.5 days from 7, between 8.30am - 5.30pm

DURATION

Permanent

JOB CENTRE PLUS REFERENCE NUMBER. HOW TO APPLY

NIW/11728- Visit www.direct.gov.uk or call 01983 273747 to speak to an adviser quoting the reference number

Services Manager JOBGuest TITLE

LOCATION

Cowes

DESCRIPTION

You will work as a Duty Manager of the holiday park leisure club to deliver high standards of services to all guests and drive profit from the business and focus on quality.To assist in the daily operation of the holiday park and be responsible for the smooth running of the shift. You will ideally have experience of working in a holiday park, hotel or health club. Would suit someone who has a passion to work and is self-motivated and enjoys working with people. Negotiable wage depending on experience

WAGES

5 days out of 7 includes evenings and weekends

DURATION

Permanent

NIW/11729 -Visit www.direct.gov.uk or call 01983 273747 to speak to an adviser quoting the reference number

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