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armedresponseeastcowesReports received by Police of a person possessing a gun in East Cowes led to an armed response on Sunday afternoon including specialist units from the mainland.

It has been confirmed by Hampshire Constabulary that armed officers stopped a vehicle travelling on Beatrice Avenue in the town with three passengers, following reports at around 17:30 that a man inside the car was in possession of a firearm

Island Echo received reports of multiple Police units gathering in a layby at the Racecourse Roundabout in Whippingham, believed to be rendezvousing ahead of a tactical intervention.

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Specialist officers from the mainland were rushed across the Solent by a Hampshire Constabulary Marine Unit launch to the dockside near to Red Funnel’s East Cowes Terminal, before meeting with local officers, as pictured.  Members of staff working at the ferry company were told by Police that it was nothing more than an ‘exercise’.

Thankfully, no firearms were discovered during the incident when the vehicle was searched, however two BB guns were recovered. 

No further action is to be taken against those in possession of the toy guns. This incident gives a stark reminder of the dangers of carrying imitation guns in public.

Photo: Leanne Nash

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