CHRISTMAS shoppers can park for free in some car parks as part of late night shopping today (Thursday).

The Isle of Wight Council is offering free car parking in selected short-stay car parks in Sandown, Ryde and Newport, plus all day tomorrow in Freshwater.

Cabinet member for infrastructure and transport, Ian Ward, said: "We're pleased to support the shops and businesses in our towns.

"Our Island has a unique blend of small and independent retailers that make it a very attractive destination for shoppers."

Mr Ward said as more shopping was being done online, it was more important than ever to support our high streets.