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Island Games may head to Ynys Mon in 2025

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Ynys Mon, also known as Anglesey, off the coast of northwest mainland Wales has been named the preferred bidder for the International Island Games in 2025.

The group's AGM was held in Gibraltar while athletes were competing in the 2019 Island Games.

An inspection team will visit Ynys Mon later this year and report back in 2020 when a final decision on host island is due to be made.

If approved, Ynys Mon will be the 12th member island to host the event.

The executive committee also named the Isle of Man, which hosted in 2001 and the inaugural 1985 games, as the preferred bidder for the 2027 Games.

Watch: Today's weather for the south

It will be fine and dry today, with light winds and long sunny periods.

Some patchy cloud will bubble up, in what will be a warm afternoon.

Maximum Temperature: 19 to 22°C (66 to 72°F).

Fine and warm with lots of sunshine

Island Games 2019: An afternoon of cycling

Hayden Atkins

Reporter, BBC Radio Guernsey

After a cooler start to the morning, the sun has broken through the clouds in Gibraltar and it’s set to be an exciting afternoon on two wheels as the women’s individual road race gets under way.

For Guernsey, Karina Bowie, Hannah Brehaut, Danielle Hanley, Madeline Wilson and Jamie Lee Wright take centre stage for the Sarnians, whilst Louise Woolrich, Florence Cox, Rebecca Catley and Emily Bridson are competing for Jersey.

It’s a packed field for what’s expected to be one of the events of the afternoon and as the shadow of the rock bears down on the cyclists, the chance of bringing home more gold to the Channel Islands is of course the ultimate goal.

Cycling in Gibraltar

Weather for the south: 'Sunny intervals, patchy cloud'

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

Male airlifted after chalk pit fall

A male has been rescued and flown to hospital after falling four storeys into a disused chalk pit on the Isle of Wight.

He fell into the pit in Newport on Tuesday night at about 18:20 BST.

An Isle of Wight NHS Trust spokesperson said he was flown by air ambulance to Southampton General Hospital.

His injuries have not been revealed by the trust.

Disused chalk pit

Watch: Today's weather for the south of England

A mostly dry but cloudy day, with some brighter spells developing in the afternoon.

The odd shower cannot be ruled out, mainly early on, but most places should stay dry.

Maximum temperature 21 to 24C.

BBC Weather forecast for the south of England

For most of us it will be mainly cloudy and dry, with warm temperatures where there is sunshine.

There is a risk of light drizzle in the east. Temperatures could reach highs of 23C.

Your pictures: Shiplake, Gosport and Lyme Regis

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to BBC Weather Watchers "cameracarrot", "Tony" and "dorset girl", for their snaps of dreamy-looking clouds over Shiplake in Oxfordshire, a golden sunrise over Gosport in Hampshire and Dorset's Lyme Bay shimmering in the summer sunshine.

Gosport sunrise
Lyme Regis
dorset girl

Send us your pictures of the south region via our Berkshire, Dorset, Hampshire and Oxford Facebook pages, or on Twitter: @BBCBerkshire, @BBCDorset, @BBC_Hampshire and @BBCOxford.

BBC Weather forecast for the south of England

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

Today will be mostly dry with sunny spells but there is the risk of a shower.

Highs of 22C (72F).

Flight delays for Jersey athletes heading to Island Games

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

Jersey athletes are up to four hours late leaving for the 2019 Island Games after flight delays.

One flight to Gibraltar was meant to leave the island at 09:00 but now isn't expected to take off until 13:00.

The 15:45 charter flight to Gibraltar for Team Jersey has also been delayed until 19:25.

More than 100 athletes are expected to fly from the island ahead of the opening ceremony on Saturday night.

A total of 2,000 athletes from 24 islands are expected to compete in the games.

Guernsey competitors jet off to Gibraltar for Island Games

Adam Durbin

BBC News Online

About 170 Guernsey athletes are heading off to Gibraltar ahead of the 2019 Island Games.

Chairman of the Guernsey Island Games Association Brian Allen says finishing in the top six would be an excellent result, but that it's about more than just medals.

"Sometimes it's not been the medal count that's made it a successful games, it's been about developing stars coming through." he added.

Mr Allen said that a bronze medal won by a 14-year-old girl in 2017 was "better than many golds".

Airport departures

Newport road closed after traffic light failure

BBC News Travel

Fairlee Link Road in Newport on the Isle of Wight is closed this morning from its junction with Medina Way to Fairlee Road because traffic lights are not working.

Diversion signs have been put up by the council but heavy traffic is being reported in the area.

BreakingIsle of Wight school closure announced

Emily Hudson

BBC Radio Solent, Hants and IoW political reporter

Plans for the future of two Isle of Wight primary schools have been announced.

Isle of Wight Council says All Saints in Freshwater will be closed and a new school built on the site. The children from there will move to Yarmouth primary until 2021 when they will all move back to the new building.

Isle of Wight Council previously said falling numbers in the west of the island meant a primary school could close.

West Wight

Calls for more help for Isle of Wight red squirrels

MPs have been debating the potential extinction of the red squirrel.

Its population has declined since the middle of the last century as the American grey squirrel expanded its range across the mainland.

Speaking at a Westminster Hall debate, Isle of Wight MP Bob Seely said the island was a "stronghold" of the reds and praised the work of local conservation groups in protecting the population of up to 3,500 red squirrels.

“They are truly beautiful and special animals and we need to be ensuring that we protect their habitats.

"What we need to do is link woodlands and environments together to enable the reds to have greater space to flourish and reproduce,” he said.

Bob Seely

Appeal to driver after man flees crash scene

A driver who fled the scene of a crash which left a woman critically injured has been urged to hand himself in.

The 28-year-old victim was driving a Vauxhall Astra when the collision with a BMW happened at 17:45 BST on Thursday on Briddlesford Road, Newport, Isle of Wight.

She suffered serious injuries and remains in hospital in a life-threatening condition.

In a direct appeal, Hampshire police told the man they suspect of driving the BMW to “do the right thing and come forward".

Weather forecast for the South

A bright day lies ahead with highs of 21C

Toby named top dog on the Isle of Wight

Some of the Isle of Wight's most talented pooches have been honoured at the Royal Isle of Wight Agricultural Society’s County Show at Northwood on

‘Toby the reading dog’ was named the island's Dog of the Year at the inaugural Wightlink Woof Awards

The bearded collie has helped raise funds for charity and served as a Pets As Therapy (PAT) dog. The 15-year-old now goes into Ryde Academy once a week to listen to children read and help boost their confidence.

Dog show

Newport residents left without water after main burst

Residents were left without water overnight after a main burst in Newport on the Isle of Wight.

Southern Water said it had delivered bottled water to "vulnerable customers".

The firm added it had since repaired the main.

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Isle of Wight heatwave warning

A "heat health warning" has been issued for the Isle of Wight.

Due to the cooling effect of coastal winds, the forecast tomorrow is for highs of 22C during the day and 17C overnight.

Simon Bryant, interim director of public health at the Isle of Wight Council, said: "Weather like this is something many people look forward to every year and go out and enjoy.

"But it’s worth remembering hot weather can pose health risks for some people.

"It’s important to protect yourself from too much sun or heat, to carry water when travelling and to think of those, such as young children or older people, who may feel the heat more acutely than others."

Weather: 'Fine, warm, and sunny'

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

Watch: Today's weather for the South

A mix of sunny spells, a fair amount of cloud and the chance of some occasional showers this morning but a drier afternoon with sunshine.

A windy day with a fresh north-easterly wind.

A warm day. Maximum Temperature: 22 to 25°C (72 to 77°F).

Windy with a risk of some showers

Fire service cycle challenge for Hampshire air ambulance

Members of Southampton Airport Fire Service are cycling from Aberdeen to Southampton to raise funds for the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance Service.

Southampton Airport Fire Service cyclists
Southampton Airport Fire Service

As part of the challenge, the group will visit all three of the airports in the AGS Group along the way, including Glasgow.

They aim to cover 655 miles (1,055km) over six days and raise at least £3,000.

On Sunday, a fun run was held on the runway at Southampton Airport to raise extra cash for the cause.

The air ambulance service costs £15,000 to operate each day.