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77-year-old man strangles wife to death

A 77-year-old man strangled his wife to death before hanging himself from the banister at the top of the stairs at their home in Shanklin. Darren was the…

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Supporting local independent lifeboats

Darren likes to support charities such as Ryde Rescue, Sandown & Shanklin Independent Lifeboat and the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance by supplying free-to-use photographs of…

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6-year-old girl loses life in murder suicide

A 6-year-old girl lost her life, despite the efforts of emergency services, following a murder suicide incident at a property in East Cowes. Keziah Flux-Edmonds died in hospital after…

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Man dies following chemical incident in Cowes

A hazardous chemical incident in Cowes which claimed the life of a man in his 20s resulted in unusual and rare scenes on the Isle of Wight. Hampshire…

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Arson attack on derelict building

An arson attack on a derelict building in Shanklin forced the evacuation of nearby residents. 6 pumps and an aerial appliance were called to the scene on Palmerston…

02/03/2016 - Hollywood star Jude Law attends the unveiling of a plaque in memory of Oscar-winning film director Anthony Minghella at Ryde Beach, Isle of Wight

Jude Law unveils memorial plaque

Despite adverse weather, Jude Law arrived at Ryde Esplanade with the Minghella family and local dignitaries to unveil a plaque in the memory of Anthony Minghella, the Oscar-winning…

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Three escape injury after plane flips

Three people walked away from a light aircraft that flipped upside down at Bembridge Airport. Emergency services raced to the scene after the Cesna plane flipped and came to…

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Murder investigation after Newport assault

A murder investigation was launched after a man who was found with serious head injuries in the middle of a road in Newport, died. As the first photographer…

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Large blaze destroys Cowes yard

A large blaze swept through an industrial yard in Cowes, Isle of Wight after a spark ignited fuel whilst work was being undertaken on a car at Medina…

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Freedom of the Isle of Wight Ceremony

266 Port Squadron were given the Freedom of the Isle of Wight on 28th November. The squadron marched through Newport town before being met by Cllr Chapman, chairman…

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Armed Siege Portsmouth

Police were called to the Virgin Media store in Portsmouth’s Commercial Road when an armed man took hostages. Darren travelled across from the Isle of Wight and was…

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Osborne House Fire Exercise

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, together with the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service, undertook a joint exercise at Osborne House. Several crews and appliances from the…

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Army Exercise Vambrace Horizon

A military exercise entitled Vambrace Horizon took place on the Isle of Wight at the start of September 2015 with up to 180 reservist personnel from The Honourable Artillery…

"22/08/2015 SANDOWN, ISLE OF WIGHT - A French national in his 60s has been pulled from the wreckage of his plane after crashing on take-off from an airport on the Isle of Wight

The pilot has been airlifted to Southampton General Hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries after members of the public rescued him from his light aircraft just moments before it burst into flames.

Firefighters from the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service dowse the plane in foam and water."

Plane Crash Sandown Airport

A French national in his 60s was pulled from the wreckage of his plane after crashing on take-off from Sandown Airport. The pilot was airlifted to Southampton General…

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Island Learning Centre Arson

An arson attack on the Island Learning Centre in Lake – formally Broadlea Primary School – resulted in the total destruction of the building. Darren was the first…

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Man dies after being hit by motor boat

A man died after being found unconscious in the sea at Osborne Bay following an incident involving a luxury motor cruiser. He was flown to hospital on the island…

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Rare photograph of empty Union Street

Although not a noteworthy incident, this photograph captured by Darren is one for the history books in years to come. Union Street in Ryde is rarely empty of…

"23-04-2015 Newport, Isle of Wight - Keith Duffy (L) laughs with Shane Lynch (R) at the first ever Isle of Wight Festival Dragon Boat Race

Celebrities turned out in support of national children's charity WellChild to take part in the first ever Isle of Wight Festival Dragon Boat Race which saw businesses, charities and celebrities go head-to-head on the River Medina throughout the day.


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Isle of Wight Festival Celebrity Dragon Boat Racing

The inaugral Isle of Wight Festival dragon boat racing on the River Medina proven popular, with the likes of Ronan Keating, Keith Duffy and Shane Lynch coming together to…

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Hoegh Osaka Grounding

The car transporter the Hoegh Osaka ran aground at Bramble Bank in the Solent and began to list badly, resulting in the emergency rescue of the crew on…

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Lorry overturns shedding load

A Steve Porter Transport lorry overturned on a bend outside Queen Victoria’s Osborne House, shedding its load across the carriageway. A large operation involving the Isle of Wight…

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Royal cliff hotel arson

The derelict Royal Cliff Hotel in Sandown was set alight in an arson attack, which resulted in the destruction of the building. Photographs of the blaze were used by ITV…

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Wightlink Car Deck Collapse

The mezzanine deck of the Wightlink car ferry ‘St Helen’ collapsed whilst unloading, resulting in 4 injuries and the launch of a Maritime Accident Investigation Board report.  Darren…

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Army Landing Seaclose Park

The British Army were called in to evacuate residents from Undercliff Drive following a landslip in February 2014. There was a lot of confusion as to their presence…

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Two killed in Downs collision

A young teenage girl in the passenger seat of a car driven by a 17-year-old male was killed in a head-on collision with another car on The Downs…

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Police officer cut out of new Police car

A police officer was removed from a brand new Police car by firefighters after a four car crash in Wootton on the Isle of Wight. 4 people were…

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East Cowes Marina Boat Fire

The luxury multi-million pound yacht ‘Kahu’ went up in flames in East Cowes. Darren was quickly on the scene and was photographing the scene before the fire developed…

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Stormy weather leads to damage

Beach huts were damaged, trees were brought down and flooding occurred when stormy weather hit the Isle of Wight in October 2013. A landslide at Sandown was captured…

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Missing boys at the beach hoax

Reports of two boys missing at the beach during the Summer holidays sparked a large scale Coastguard rescue operation, which made the 16:00 lead story on Sky News and…

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Twins make a big splash

5 sets of identical twins started swimming classes together at West Wight Sports Centre and soon made the national headlines thanks to Darren.  By capturing these great images…

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Flats destroyed days before Christmas

A block of flats in Ventnor were gutted just days before Christmas. Dramatic photographs show firefighters ae they battled the blaze on Pound Land in Ventnor. Photogaphs were…

13-12-2012 - SANDOWN, ISLE OF WIGHT - Floral tributes are left alongside a cross at the scene on Culver Downs were 20-year-old Robert Hayball took his own life after driving off the cliff edge before plummeting to the rocks and ocean below.

Culver Down Car Cliff Plunge

Floral tributes were left alongside a cross at the scene on Culver Downs where 20-year-old Robert Hayball died after driving off the cliff edge before plummeting to the…

28-10-2012 - YARMOUTH, ISLE OF WIGHT - RESCUE teams have been searching off the coast of the Isle of Wight for a missing skipper after a yacht was washed ashore yesterday (Saturday) at Brighstone, without anybody onboard.

The yacht 'Brigand', which was travelling between Poole and Hayling Island, has been towed to Yarmouth Harbour by Hampshire Constabulary's Marine Unit.

Freshwater Independent Lifeboat and Coastguard rescue teams from The Needles continue to search for the skipper.

Missing skipper after yacht found abandoned

Solent Coastguard coordinated a search for a missing skipper after his yacht was found ashore near Brighstone. The yacht ‘Brigand’, which was travelling between Poole and Hayling Island, was…

17-10-2012 - VENTNOR, ISLE OF WIGHT - AN 82-year-old woman has amazingly survived being stuck in a muddy bog for over 24 hours with her dog faithfully by her side before being rescued by emergency services on the Isle of Wight.

Emergency services battle for over 90 minutes on the A3055 Undercliff Drive to free the woman, who suffered from mild hypothermia.

St Lawrence Muddy Bog Rescue

An 82-year-old woman amazingly survived being stuck in a muddy bog for over 24 hours with her dog faithfully by her side before being rescued by emergency services…

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Compton Cliff Plunge

A woman in her 40s died after plummeting more than 200ft off of a cliff top on the Isle of Wight. Rescue teams battled against the elements to find…

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Ammunition found near prisons

Ammunition and weapons were discovered in Parkhurst forest by a dog walker, just a stones throw from HMP Isle of Wight. Police conducted an examination of the woodland…

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HM The Queen visits Cowes

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II visited Cowes on the Isle of Wight in July 2012, her first visit for a number of years. This photograph (left) was captured…

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Olympic Torch Relay on the Isle of Wight

Olympic fever swept the country as the torch relayed around the country, with the Isle of Wight playing part of that. On its visit to the Isle of…

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Ryde Castle Fire

Ryde Castle – a hotel – was severely damaged by fire after a wedding party let off fireworks from the roof, which led to a fire developing. The…

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Culver Cliff Suicide Pact Deaths

A couple carried out a suicide pact at Culver Down near Sandown on the Isle of Wight when they drove off the cliff edge at speed. The story…

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Peter Andre lends a helping hand

Peter Andre done his best Village People impression dressed in a builder’s outfit while filming for his new show at Ryde Rescue, Ryde. Darren captured Andre climbing up and…

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Minghella Film Festival 2011

A host of celebrities came together for the Minghella Film Festival, including Robert Sheehan and Ralph Fiennes and Hugh Bonneville. The headline names of the festival were captured on…

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Monopoly Isle of Wight Game Board

Darren was asked to supply photographs for use on the Isle of Wight Monopoly game board. Images not only appeared on the outside box, but on the board…

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Two dead in Havenstreet plane crash

Two men died after two planes participating in an air race collided over Havenstreet, sending one plane plummeting into woodland. The other plane made it back to Bembridge Airport where…

Vestas Protest Draws to an end

The remaining six protesters leave the Vestas factory peacefully, after 18 days of occupying the factory in Newport, Isle of Wight.

Vestas Protest

In July 2009 workers at the Vestas wind turbine factory staged a sit in protest over a number of days. Darren – only at the start of his…