THE Island has been described as a cesspit of corruption, Satanism and paedophilia by former sportsman turned conspiracy theorist David Icke.
In his latest newsletter, Mr Icke, of Dover Street, Ryde, said he loved the Island, but claimed its police were one of the most corrupt forces in the country and there was a staggering level of drug-running, with amazing quantities of drugs delivered by yachts and transported to the mainland by ferry and hovercraft.
He alleged that Island police, main media and council planning members were controlled by Freemasons, who were at the centre of an Island mafia, also made up of lawyers, businessmen, drug runners, child abusers and devil-worshippers.
When asked by the County Press for evidence to support his allegations, Mr Icke, 57, declined to comment.
Red Funnel and Wightlink said they worked with police to tackle drug issues, while the police said any issues of corruption were robustly dealt with.
Acting Isle of Wight commander Supt Norman Mellors said: "I have been a police officer for over 27 years and am proud to have served on the Island for the last 17 months.
"The officers and staff working here are the most dedicated, professional and effective team I have ever worked with."
He highlighted significant falls in crime on the Island with detection rates among the best in the country.
"Of course we are human and sadly we may not provide a perfect service on every occasion. We have procedures to deal with this and evidence shows poor performance, or worse still, criminal allegations are investigated robustly and very professionally within our force, including the Island," said Supt Mellors, who encouraged Mr Icke to pass any information on to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.