Police, fire and ambulance crews attended a bungalow on Sunset Close last night after what was initially thought to be an arson attack on the front door of the property. It’s since been confirmed that a smoke grenade was placed through the letterbox.
Now, just 12 hours later, emergency services have been called back to the scene amid reports that someone has thrown a substance at the occupant of the same property.
Forensic investigators are gathering evidence on the quiet residential street, where it is evident some kind of red liquid has been splattered over the front door and a nearby wheelie bin. The substance was not there last night.
Police have descended on the area and are carrying out a number of enquiries. 2 teams of detectives are working alongside local response officers. Officers are also present at a block of flats just around the corner, although it remains unclear what connection this has with this morning’s incident.
Meanwhile, paramedics from the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service are carrying out a number of medical checks on the patient – a 53-year-old man.
The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service were mobilised to the scene at around 09:30 this morning but have since stood down.
UPDATE @ 12:46 – Police remain in attendance at the scene in Freshwater this lunchtime, although the operation has been scaled back.
The road remains open as normal for all traffic and residents.
UPDATE @ 12:57 – Hampshire Constabulary say that a 58-year-old man from Freshwater has been arrested on suspicion of assault, possession of an offensive weapon in a public place and arson with intent.
He remains in Police custody at this time.