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.
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.
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.
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.