UPDATED: MANHUNT LAUNCHED AS ARMED POLICE DEPLOYED ON THE STREETS OF SANDOWN

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Armed Police have taken up position on a residential street in Sandown tonight (Tuesday) as the National Police Air Service (NPAS) helicopter from Bournemouth circles in the skies above the town.

Multiple police units are currently on the ground around the Fort Street and Avenue Road area.

The incident is believed to have begun at around 22:00 with the helicopter deployed to the scene at just before 22:30.

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It is currently unclear what has led to the large response, which is understood to involve armed officers from both the Island and the mainland, who have been drafted in to assist with the operation.

UPDATE @ 23:10 – Police have now relocated to the Esplanade with teams searching underneath Sandown Pier, although the search appears to be drawing a blank.

It appears that armed officers are actively looking for at least 1 suspect as the NPAS helicopter still circles overhead.

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UPDATE @ 23:30 – Authorised Firearms Officers have returned to Fort Street, with roads being closed and members of the public being told to stay clear of the area.

The well-known, troublesome street appears to be the centre of tonight’s operation.

Fort Street has been closed by police, and members of the public are being told to stay away from the area.

UPDATE @ 23:55 – The search continues as midnight approaches with the NPAS helicopter now focusing its search around Perowne Way. Officers have been seen rushing towards the location at speed.

The scale of the response suggests police are undertaking a manhunt.

UPDATE @ 00:25 – Armed Response Officers have now stood down from the incident and the National Police Helicopter has returned to Bournemouth, however, Fort Street remains closed with a cordon erected.

Local units remain on the residential street as the incident scales back.

Hampshire Constabulary has been approached for a statement with further updates expected by mid-morning.

Fort Street in Sandown remains cordoned off as we enter Wednesday morning.

UPDATE @ 01:00 – Isle of Wight Police have confirmed their ARV team were deployed with A and B shift to deal with an incident.

“This incident has now concluded and there is no risk to the public.”

It’s understood that the wanted individual has been detained on Golf Links Road, close to the rear of Fairway Holiday Park. Officers swooped in to make the arrest shortly before midnight.

Island Echo is told that the glass door to Sandown & Shanklin Golf Club has been smashed during an attempted break-in, but it’s unclear if the 2 situations are connected.

UPDATE WEDNESDAY – A 50-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of a number of offences, including rape. Read more at https://www.islandecho.co.uk/rape-and-false-imprisonment-arrest-after-armed-police-manhunt-in-sandown/.

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Rob
Rob
1 month ago

Guess it’s not pirates this time!

RinTinTin
RinTinTin
1 month ago

Always happens around Fort Street. Whoever it is, they need evicting. Not welcome here.

Mr R L Watt-white
Mr R L Watt-white
1 month ago

What’s going on here

The cowes lad
The cowes lad
1 month ago

I hope the police get what they are looking for. Everyone in Sandown lock your doors

duane
duane
1 month ago

Anneka rice would have found him in a helicopter guided by Kenneth kendal… Easy.. lol..

TJs
TJs
1 month ago

Cool
Lord about ….busy little beez

Sunshine
Sunshine
1 month ago

The incident has concluded and no risk to the public. What does that mean? They found him? It was all a mistake?

Val
Val
Reply to  Sunshine
1 month ago

He was found and arrested

annoyed
annoyed
1 month ago

unheard of, only a few years ago on the island.

the place is falling apart

Sandown is no longer a vibrant town with good atmosphere

Newport is finished as a high street

tax tax tax and unfettered housing….soon be time to move, taking my skills and cash elsewhere

jim
jim
1 month ago

Sandown scunge strike again, sling them off culver with no benefits

Erick
Erick
1 month ago

People love to hate on police, but their putting their lives on the line to keep us safe. Top work guys 🙂

Sweet old sandown
Sweet old sandown
1 month ago

Troublesome street lol

RinTinTin
RinTinTin
Reply to  Sweet old sandown
1 month ago

It’s tiny though isn’t it? Bizarre.

derryck Mumberson
derryck Mumberson
Reply to  Sweet old sandown
1 month ago

Yeah. I’ve heard it’s a bit of a Cyclepath.

Ben Dover
Ben Dover
1 month ago

should’ve let him get away

Truth
Truth
Reply to  Ben Dover
1 month ago

Why???is he your mate??

Daz
Daz
1 month ago

I expect its another one of those police training jobs

ron ashton
ron ashton
1 month ago

The council should take responsibility for lack of generation over the years in Sandown.
This has resulted in Sandown becoming a crime ghetto.

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