Here is today's round-up of news from the Isle of Wight.

THE captain at the helm of a Red Funnel car ferry that crashed in thick fog thought the vessel was facing in the opposite direction.

AN ELDERLY Newport man has admitted 27 counts of historic sexual offences, across more than three decades, the majority against children.

Geoffrey Morris, of Holyrood Street, was remanded in custody following the hearing at the Isle of Wight Crown Court today (Tuesday, December 4).

Morris, 77, will be sentenced in court on January 11.

A WOMAN was struck by a hit and run driver this morning (Tuesday).

The County Press understands the woman was walking her daughter to school when a car mounted the pavement and hit her, leaving her with a back injury and bruising.

An Isle of Wight Police spokesperson said the incident happened on Carisbrooke Road at around 8.20am and confirmed the vehicle did not stop following the incident.

THE firm behind restaurant chain Yo Sushi is planning a takeover of Wightlink, it has been reported.

Sky News has reported today (Tuesday) that Mayfair Equity Partners is one of a small number of bidders in talks with Wightlink's owners about a deal.

TWO protected birds of prey, likely to have been caught in illegal spring traps, suffered 'horrific and traumatic injuries.'

A joint investigation has been launch by Isle of Wight Police and the RSPB after the birds, a buzzard and a hobby, were found with severed legs in woodland at Littletown, near Briddlesford.

The buzzard was found dead, with a missing foot, on March 14. The hobby — a small falcon similar to a kestrel – was found alive, also with its foot missing, on September 23. It was taken to the RSPCA and put down.

THE Isle of Wight Council has borrowed more than £19 million from the government to invest in industrial units in Manchester and Kent.

The figures have been revealed by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism as part of an investigation into council finances, which revealed some of the smallest councils in England have tied the future of their public services to the uncertainty of the property market.