The Isle of Wight has had its period of marshal law finally removed bringing it back into standard policing operations. This follows two chaotic weeks of county-wide panic, fear and disaster caused by The Sci-Fi Cabal and satellite Channel broadcasting a tele-movie "The Night That Panicked America" a drama about the original War of the Worlds radio play.
The Sci-Fi channel has been cleared by Ofcom of all charges that it could be in any way be responsible, or could have predicted that broadcasting the programme would have led to the terrible scenes that unfolded this past fortnight. The watchdog and regulator has ruled that the fact that the action clearly unfolded in 1930s America and that the film was clearly labelled as a drama should have been "enough to convince any viewer that they were not witnessing any sort of alien invasion of the UK or, in particular, the Isle of Wight."
Nearly all of the electrical good on the island were thrown into the sea after the broadcast, estimated to have been seen by about 30 people on the IOW, but no clear reason for this action has been established after the population "simply forgot why they did that" according to Hampshire police.
An emergency meeting of the government has used 18th century civic unrest laws to provide funds to the island to help rebuild the five towns and multiple villages that were near totally destroyed by the rampaging locals. Fire crews from Hampshire and East Sussex have been despatched to attempt to control the blazing field of over a thousand scarecrows which was lit, according to local sources, "to extra scare off the flying saucer grockles proper good."