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UPDATED: Police are searching for a man in Lake near Shanklin this lunchtime (Wednesday) – and the assistance of the Police helicopter from Bournemouth has been called upon.

A large scale search is underway in the area of Westlake Avenue, which appears to be the centre of the incident and is understood to be where the suspect lives.

The National Police Air Service Helicopter has been circling in the skies above Lake for over 20 minutes. Although it has now left the area, officers on the ground continue the search on all corners of the nearby cemetery.

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Neighbours have been asked to call 999 if they see the wanted male. A photograph is being distributed.

It is currently unclear what has sparked the significant response, although one local has told Island Echo that an ambulance was present on Westlake Avenue earlier on today.

UPDATE @ 12:35 – Hampshire Constabulary have confirmed that the search is as a result of an ongoing investigation into an allegation of threats to life.

The NPAS helicopter was called in at 11:15 when the male made off from officers.

The suspect has not yet been detained, but enquiries continue.

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Police have now left the area.

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