UPDATED: BB GUN RECOVERED AND POLICE OFFICER INJURED IN NEWPORT TOWN CENTRE

A Police officer has been hospitalised and a handgun has been recovered following an incident in the centre of Newport this lunchtime (Thursday).

A cordon has been erected around the Halifax Bank at the junction of St James’ Street and the High Street as a result of the incident, which occurred around midday.

Island Echo understands that a female suspect has been arrested at the scene and officers have recovered a handgun. It’s unclear at this early stage if the weapon is real or an imitation.

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A female Police Officer has been injured in the incident and has been taken to St Mary’s Hospital for treatment, with what is thought to be head injuries. The extent of the constable’s injuries are unknown but blood can be seen on the pavement.

Police rushed into the middle of Newport Town Centre at around midday.

It is not thought that the Halifax bank is related to the incident.

UPDATE @ 13:20 – It has now been confirmed that the weapon is a BB Gun – a toy.

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Hampshire Constabulary has confirmed that they were called at 11:43 to reports of a teenager with a weapon in the Albany Road area of Newport.

The teen was stopped on nearby St James’ Street, where an officer was assaulted and sustained a head injury. It’s unclear how this injury occurred but the BB gun was not discharged.

A 16-year-old girl from Ryde has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and remains in custody at this time.

The BB gun has been recovered by specialist firearms officers.

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UPDATE @ 15:30 – The Isle of Wight Council has confirmed that the Island Learning Centre in Newport activated its lockdown policy in relation to this incident. Read more at https://www.islandecho.co.uk/island-learning-centre-activated-lockdown-after-students-spotted-with-gun/.

UPDATE MONDAY 8TH FEBRUARY – The 16-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been remanded to a youth detention centre until 17th February.

It has been confirmed that the BB gun was a Sig Sauer P226.

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Janesville Read
Janesville Read
4 months ago

Islandecho. A BB Gun is not a toy

Tim
Tim
Reply to  Janesville Read
4 months ago

It technically is classed as a toy as most are so low powered that they can be classified as a section 1 firearm

Grumpy old git
Grumpy old git
Reply to  Tim
4 months ago

toy or not, you can still take somebody’s eye out with one.

Jim
Jim
Reply to  Tim
4 months ago

Have you not seen some of these BB guns , they look real ,feel real and definitely pack a punch , you can definitely do serious damage.

Webby
Webby
Reply to  Janesville Read
4 months ago

Yes it is and can be bought from most toy stores! Stop creating drama!

Janesville Read
Janesville Read
Reply to  Webby
4 months ago

When having been shot in the eye by one I didn’t think I’m creating drama

Joy Campbell
Joy Campbell
Reply to  Webby
4 months ago

Hardly a toy. You need to be 18 to buy one, need to be under adult supervision between the age of 12-18 to use one

Wight Knight
Wight Knight
Reply to  Webby
4 months ago

A few years ago three of my windows were smashed by ball bearings fired by one of these ‘toys’. The perpetrator was a 14-year old boy on a bicycle – untraceable after the event which ocurred around midnight. It cost me over £200 to repair the damage.
Do you think I’m also ‘creating drama’, Webby, or are you just a village idiot capable of doing something equally despicable with one of your ‘toys’?

Jim
Jim
Reply to  Janesville Read
4 months ago

I agree they pretty dangerous

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Tim
Tim
Reply to  Jim
4 months ago

BB guns aren’t dangerous it’s who’s behind them

Joy Campbell
Joy Campbell
Reply to  Tim
4 months ago

The same as any other weapons

Janesville Read
Janesville Read
4 months ago

Where does it say she was in the bank

Truth
Truth
Reply to  Janesville Read
4 months ago

Island echo usually report in two halves, so I guess we will have to wait…sometimes wait for a very long time..

Concerned of Wootton
Concerned of Wootton
4 months ago

A 16 year old girl with a BB Gun – her parents must be so proud!
We don’t know any background, so I hope she gets all the help she needs, as this is not the normal thing for a 16 year old girl to do

Jacko
Jacko
Reply to  Concerned of Wootton
4 months ago

One can ‘guess’ on subsidised rent, c.tax and U.C or tax credits. In other words ‘charity kept’ is my ‘guess’, but an educated one.

Badger
Badger
Reply to  Concerned of Wootton
4 months ago

It is in ryde

Alan
Alan
Reply to  Concerned of Wootton
4 months ago

Lots of us had BB guns (hand guns, pump pistols and rifles) when we were 16 and younger.

Jason lee
Jason lee
4 months ago

Misleading article :/ the BB TOY wasn’t presented or used.. the police woman went to hospital for the head wound after a teenager hit her?

Beach Comber
Beach Comber
4 months ago

A resident from Ryde – what a surprise!!

Miss sensible
Miss sensible
4 months ago

Hope the police officer is ok .
What on earth is happening ?
Sixteen yr olds behaving like this ,
Cannot believe what our police officers have to put up with every day .
Sad world now.

The Artful Dodger
The Artful Dodger
4 months ago

Pistol whipped by a female 16 year old. How classy, her parents must be proud of her. Ryde Chav on the loose.

Terry Lemmon
Terry Lemmon
Reply to  The Artful Dodger
4 months ago

How do you class her from ryde?

Gaz B.Sc.
Gaz B.Sc.
4 months ago

Something wrong in the head of people who injure people in this way. It’s happening nearly every day now. Do we blame the parents who are inclined to have brought them up in this way? Do we blame the yank crap on TV that only shows guns and violence? Who knows? But one thing is for sure, it is being put in their heads from somewhere or somebody, Either that or it is a mixture of both plus drugs and booze. No bloody way is it in their heads from a normal respectable upbringing.

Jacko
Jacko
Reply to  Gaz B.Sc.
4 months ago

Most of the young hero worship the imported Gansta rubbish who use guns and knives to gain a far better life for themselves by ‘taking’ whatever they want.

That is WHY are jails are dissproportinately filled with such.

Monkey see, Monkey do, is what the Gansta generation live like as for many of them crime does pay them handsomely and with little risk of being caught and an easy sentence IF they ever are.

Disgusting beings the ruination of the Western world.

Old Mike
Old Mike
4 months ago

BB gun or whatever. Should I ever be threatened with something I see as a gun I would act as if it were the real thing and act accordingly, even if it resulted in injury to the person with it.

Jon doe
Jon doe
Reply to  Old Mike
4 months ago

You would likely wet your pants, just like everyone else.

Mojo dave
Mojo dave
Reply to  Jon doe
4 months ago

Exactly. Old Mike is full of it. Mr hindsight….pathetic.

Martin Shoebridge
Martin Shoebridge
Reply to  Old Mike
4 months ago

Shoot first, ask questions later… Bit harsh? too bad.

Paula Racz
Paula Racz
4 months ago

I bet a lot of people that were there we frightened to death’ omg you only read about these kind of storys from the mainland’ hope the police officer is ok. Crazy times..!!!!!!

Retired Cop
Retired Cop
Reply to  Paula Racz
4 months ago

Imitation or not, try looking at one in the heat of the moment and making that snap-second decision as to whether the ‘gun’ is real or not….believe me PLEASE, it is not easy and haunts you for the rest of your life., hope officer is ok, good old Hantspol!!

Jacko
Jacko
Reply to  Retired Cop
4 months ago

Retired Cop, re your honest comment ‘haunts you for the rest of your life’

Please then think just what untrained members of the public, who have this ‘sort’ now forced upon them to live with feel like, having such so close, and not having the strength, the ‘rest of the Police force’ as you have had, and the compensation on full pay for years, if needed to ‘get over’ your ordeal.

All ‘we’ get is a crime number and have to live amongst such dross.

No disrespect to an ordeal you or other officers suffer, but with this country now being filled with those who see violence as the norm, many of us soon will be victims of such, with less protection or recompense ‘when’ such occurs.

Jacko
Jacko
Reply to  Paula Racz
4 months ago

These ARE the good times. Now that this council are going to build to full capacity and fill MANY of the properties with those who ‘live’ like this, as a way of life, we will realise that these ‘were’ the good old days.

Disgusting people, both the ‘girl’ and the council.

Both need removing from society to protect the innocents from ever more damage.

dork
dork
4 months ago

Too much USA TV… This UK and we are supposed to STAY HOME… NOT send people to hospital,

Sunshine
Sunshine
4 months ago

OK, so it was not a real gun as island echo stated but I would not call a BB gun (ball bearing gun) a TOY. They can cause nasty injuries if fired at close range. Hope this young girl is punished for what she has done. No respect for our police officers or probably anyone else she comes into contact with. Her Mother must be so proud!!!!!!!

Jacko
Jacko
Reply to  Sunshine
4 months ago

Not ‘Mothers’ in the true sense of the word. Just wombs, used to provide themselves with a free house and income from the contents of it, when emptied by us tax payers.

Joy Campbell
Joy Campbell
4 months ago

It actually says that it is not related to the bank

Lea
Lea
4 months ago

I remember the good old spud guns! I’m sure they could of taken an eye out too!

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