CONCERNS have been raised about the security of Sandown's Ocean Hotel, after residents reported trespassers onsite.

Cllr Debbie Andre has thanked Sandown residents for their input and urged them to "stay vigilant".

Cllr Andre says Cllr Ian Ward has promised to contact the security company responsible and have them re-secure the site.

Last year, Cllr Ward said the Ocean Hotel, which occupies a prime site on Sandown seafront, had been "blighting" the area.

Cllr Andre had spoken at the time of her "disappointment" at seeing the town of Sandown "suffer through irresponsible developers".

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The derelict hotel, together with King's House, is owned by the Carlauren Group.

In December, 2019, the developer had been put into administration.

Read more: Developer Carlauren Group — who purchased key Isle of Wight sites — is placed into administration

January saw Isle of Wight investors fighting to get their money back, after Carlauren's chief executive, Sean Murray, had been accused of misappropriating company funds.

The group had planned to set up a string of businesses on the Island, including a luxury beach club and a care home at the Ocean Hotel.

Read more: Isle of Wight investors among those fighting to recoup Carlauren Group losses