At just after 14:00, Police received reports that a person was in possession of a firearm in Ryde after a photo was sent to a 17-year-old girl.
2 Armed Response Officers were rushed across the Solent by Police launch, landing at Ryde Pier shortly before 15:00 – much to the surprise of families enjoying a spot of fishing.
A number of local Police units, including Island-based Armed Officers, responded to the car park of Ryde Golf Club on Binstead Road, although it is unclear if this was the centre of the alert or just a rendezvous point.
A spokesperson for Hampshire Constabulary has told Island Echo:
“We were called just after 2pm today (May 20) to a report of a possession of a firearm in Ryde.
“Following further enquiries, this is being investigated as a report of malicious communications, after an image of a firearm was sent to a 17-year-old girl”.
The mainland-based Armed Response Officers swiftly stood down from the incident and returned to Portsmouth.