Security for evacuated homes

By a County Press reporter

Monday, February 17, 2014


Security for evacuated homes

A chinook leaves Seaclose Park yesterday (Sunday) after delivering troops to the Isle of Wight. Picture by Peter Boam.

ROUND-the-clock security has been put in place along Undercliff Drive after a giant landslip forced residents to evacuate their homes.

The Isle of Wight Council has arranged for a local security company to patrol the area throughout the night. In addition, mobile CCTV is being arranged and police are increasing their presence in the area.

Chief Superintendent Dave Thomas of Hampshire Constabulary said: "We have assisted in the safe evacuation of residents of a number of properties in Undercliff Drive.

"This area is not safe as a result of a landslip caused by the recent weather conditions. I would urge members of the public to stay away from Undercliff Drive.

"We have been working closely with Isle of Wight Council, the military and the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service to provide reassurance to people living in this road and those nearby. The local safer neighbourhoods team and special constables have been providing a high visibility presence over the past few days. This will continue as long as is necessary.

"Anyone with concerns can contact the local safer neighbourhoods team at Ventnor Police Station on 101."

A formal road and footpath closure remains in place along Undercliff Drive between Mirables and Old Park Road. Saturated ground and continued movement make conditions in the area extremely dangerous so members of the public should keep away.

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