POLICE have been working closely with the Isle of Wight Council following their notice to the owners of the derelict Ocean Hotel in Sandown to clean up the building (section 215 notice).

Following an appeal to the notice launched by the owners, Phoenix Commercial Property Development, Isle of Wight Police have authorised the use of a Community Protection Notice Warning (CPNW) using the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014.

There has been substantial anti-social behaviour at the location, and police have serious concerns about the impact it is having on Sandown.

Sgt Sharland, Isle of Wight Police, said: “I am hopeful that the use of a CPNW will assist in ensuring this location is secured, preventing criminal behaviour and continuing in the short term; whilst the Isle of Wight Council progress with the Section 215 for a long-term solution.”

Police have issued the CPNQ notice with the following conditions to be completed by June 10, 2022:

  • Erect a secure perimeter fence around the entire site and regularly inspect and maintain this fence.
  •  Install CCTV which covers access and egress points with accompanying signage
  • Board every access point, including all broken windows and doors; on every level of the building to prevent trespass.

If these actions are not completed by that date, Sgt Sharland said he would consider authorising a full Community Protection Notice (CPN) – breaching a CPN is a criminal offence.