A BODY was found in the search for missing Shanklin woman, Charlotte Birch.

Police confirmed a body was found in Merstone this evening (Friday) during a search for the 44 year old, also known as Charlotte Alder. She had been missing since Wednesday afternoon.

Tributes have been paid to a special needs teaching assistant who worked at a school in Ventnor for 13 years. Mother-of-two, Anne Kerr, died at the scene of a road traffic accident alongside a 14-year-old boy in a horrific school bus crash in Lancashire on January 8.

The Isle of Wight Council is planning for a no-deal Brexit, authority bosses have said. A 20-mile section of motorway in Hampshire could be closed and turned into a lorry park if there are severe delays at Dover or Calais.

McDonald's agreed to switch off its wifi and could start playing classical music to deter young people from loitering outside and causing trouble. Acting Sgt Egerton, who has been drafted in from Yarmouth, described the youths as feral, abusive and threatening.

A councillor, who splits her time between the Isle of Wight and Manchester, has been branded out of touch by a council colleague. Member for Whippingham and Osborne, Cllr Julia Baker-Smith has been dubbed ‘Just Back from Salford’ in political circles, amid claims she is not spending enough time on the Isle of Wight.

In court, a man who stole a car battery from  Halfords returned because he took the wrong kind and ended up assaulting staff. Curtis Rushton, 45, of Ashey Road, Ryde, returned to the store and was confronted by staff members, who saw him on CCTV.

Also at the courts, a man was kicked out of his accommodation and landed in court after threatening to stab another resident. Jonathan Nash, 54, of no fixed abode, was drunk when he told a receptionist at Fellowship House in Ryde that he was going to stab another resident.