EXCLUSIVE: COUNTER TERRORISM POLICE TRAVEL TO THE ISLAND FOR TRAINING EXERCISE

Elite counter terrorism police conducted a rare training exercise on the Isle of Wight today (Wednesday), with loud explosions sparking concern amongst local residents.

Counter Terrorism Specialist Firearms Officers (CTSFO), from the Metropolitan Police, travelled across the Solent to the Island with a fleet of unmarked Police cars – vehicles more commonly seen on the streets of London.

Island Echo readers got in touch at just gone 13:00 to report the suspected Police vehicles – a BMW X5, a BMW saloon and 2 Mercedes-Benz Vito vans – responding on blue lights and sirens along Military Road towards Freshwater.

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It can now be revealed that the mainland officers were carrying out a training exercise at the former Weston Primary School in Totland. It is unclear why this location was picked out of all the empty buildings in the country and why the training exercise took place on the Island during the COVID pandemic lockdown.

Former Weston Primary School in Totland on the Isle of Wight was used for counter terrorism training

Residents living in the Weston Road area knew nothing of the training scenario until loud explosions were heard shortly before 13:45, prompting calls to 999. It’s thought the explosions were likely to be flash bangs or similar tactical devices.

The officers, fully clad in grey Kevlar body armour, relocated to the waterfront at Totland Bay to de-kit before returning towards Newport at normal driving speeds.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the Met Police has told Island Echo:

“We can confirm that Met firearms officers have been involved in an essential training exercise today on the Isle of Wight. This exercise is part of critical training to ensure that firearms officers are able to respond swiftly and effectively to incidents and keep communities safe, not only in London, but across the country.

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“The Met were in close contact with Hampshire Constabulary ahead of this exercise.”

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r bet
r bet
8 months ago

more covic from the mainland

Tonald Drump
Tonald Drump
Reply to  r bet
8 months ago

Covic? Not a new threat.

Janesville Read
Janesville Read
8 months ago

Good time to do that now, coming to the island

Yet more COVID
Yet more COVID
8 months ago

And we get a fine if we go to far from home as always 1 rule for hem and 1 rule for the rest of us don’t get me wrong I know they need training but surely they could of used so where local to their base

Anti monkey butt .
Anti monkey butt .
Reply to  Yet more COVID
8 months ago

Where’s the fun in that ?

John
John
Reply to  Yet more COVID
8 months ago

1 Rule for 1 and 1 rule for us
Fancy pissing about during a Pandemic.

Jay Peter
Jay Peter
Reply to  Yet more COVID
8 months ago

I think that was the point of it, This exercise is part of critical training to ensure that firearms officers are able to respond swiftly and effectively to incidents and keep communities safe, not only in London, but across the country. If anywhere has issues with access its an island, hopefully we’ll never need them but surely it is better that they understand the logistics of getting here before an incident occurs.

Bob
Bob
8 months ago

Something coming

John
John
Reply to  Bob
8 months ago

Probably Bojo on his bike!

Noodles
Noodles
8 months ago

Couldn’t they of chose the floating bridge as a training exercise with proper explosives

VentnorRichard
VentnorRichard
Reply to  Noodles
8 months ago

Your English is pathetic. Couldn’t they ‘of’? Idiot. Learn English.

Tony tollbridge
Tony tollbridge
Reply to  VentnorRichard
8 months ago

Should it not read, your knowledge of English language leaves a lot to be desired.

The Original Lady Dunstanding
The Original Lady Dunstanding
Reply to  Tony tollbridge
8 months ago

No. It could read, ‘Your written English needs to be improved. No shame in making mistakes, however, help is at hand….’ Or something similar. Instead Ventnor Richard became absolutely frustrated with wannabe NME journalists murdering a perfectly beautiful language because someone who is a faux liberal once taught him at a questionable establishment of education ( Hovertravel Cafe, Ryde perhaps?) that grammar, spelling, and punctuation don’t count for shite! Regards. Your’s, Lady Dunstanding.

The Original Lady Dunstanding
The Original Lady Dunstanding
Reply to  VentnorRichard
8 months ago

Thirty-eight negative responses, Ventnor Richard? We have disagreed in the past, but because we are able to communicate using a command of our own language, at least we knew what the other was talking about. Fair play, sir! Language is important.

Big Ben
Big Ben
8 months ago

Bet they didn’t feed the parking meter while they were parked up. DS ought to send them some parking fines

Tom
Tom
8 months ago

Maybe because of the tanker hijack?

But yes, should have been postponed.

Tony
Tony
Reply to  Tom
8 months ago

Hijack! Ha ha they were stowaways. Bet they paid the captain off.

Simon
Simon
8 months ago

It doesn’t matter when or where for this type of exercise as far as I’m concerned. They aren’t on a “jolly”, they are training for events that could easily be real. Let’s stop the Military training as well shall we?

Mark
Mark
8 months ago

Pretty much anywhere would have been a lower risk option so why go to an infection blackspot that needs a ferry to access instead of, say, the dedicated (and isolated) training facilities on Salisbury Plain?

Madness!

Mojo dave
Mojo dave
Reply to  Mark
8 months ago

As if your an expert. Pathetic…

Jay Peter
Jay Peter
Reply to  Mark
8 months ago

That’s the whole point, it is training in the unusual, that’s what training is for. If all future terrorist attacks are to take place on Salisbury Plain then that would be fantastic. Do you know how we request this? Until that agreement is established with all known terrorist organisations then I’m happy for the forces to train in situations that they may encounter. After all it would be more likely to be encountered on the Island than the isolated as you put it Salisbury Plain. I hope this helps you to understand the concept of a training exercise.

Steve
Steve
8 months ago

WTF definitely not essential travel and who came up with the idea should lose their job/jobs. Absolute prats

Know it all
Know it all
Reply to  Steve
8 months ago

Hang on they may not have travelled over the water. One of that group look like they came from the West Wight freedom fighters. This is a splinter group from the Vectis resistance party.
Maybe they were practicing on that safe house as part of their daily exercise. Wonder if they had info that the the council where holed up there.
Come on comrades, face masks, in pairs only, at a distance please. I wonder if they were a bubble?

Opinions dont matter
Opinions dont matter
8 months ago

It’s about time the council got out on our streets to clean up all the disgusting discarded biohazard face masks people are throwing away on our roads and pavements.They are everywhere,The isle of wight people are disgusting,Also people should not keep reusing the same mask and when you put on your mask you should be sanitizing your hands afterwards and when you remove your mask sanitize your hands to reduce the risk of spreading your germs or viruses!!!!!!

6 fingered larry .
6 fingered larry .
Reply to  Opinions dont matter
8 months ago

Calm down dear ,it’s only a muzzle .

Michael
Michael
8 months ago

As usual the keyboard experts abound. Shouldnt have , could have , one rule for them etc. Id rather trust their judgement on training needs than the ” experts ” here. No doubt first in the queue to moan when theyre not up to standard too.
Get off MSM , engage brain ffs.

Old grumpy
Old grumpy
8 months ago

When I was a nipper in Carisbrooke, the West Wight was known as “bow & arrow” country, nothing changes

Paul
Paul
8 months ago

Correct, the retarded sheeple still think this is about a pandemic though, they are slow.

Mojo dave
Mojo dave
8 months ago

They are protectors and have to protect. Get a life you small minded Island morons. I bet half who made these negative comments havnt ever left the Island….

Perhaps you moaners would prefer to get some morrisons Keyworkers to deal with this from now on. After all they are the real true heros over here…..

tipper
tipper
8 months ago

Did they really need to travel here it doesnt really sound like work that needed to be done on the island more on a jolly

anon
anon
8 months ago

Do you think Criminal and Terrorists are obeying the lockdown rules. Police have to do undergo constant training. I think its a good thing they tried it on the island now they will have a greater understanding of the problems with getting to the island.

Simon
Simon
Reply to  anon
8 months ago

Many of us trained in Nuclear, Biological and Chemical warfare situations. We weren’t on “jollies” and we hoped never to be a situation where the training was needed …..just like these guys. Some of you need to open your eyes and think further ahead but all you do is moan.

Simon
Simon
Reply to  anon
8 months ago

Last comment not aimed at you Anon, just agreeing with you.

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