Breaking News First reported by Island Echo

POLICE HELICOPTER IN DOUBLE SEARCH ABOVE SHANKLIN

UPDATED: The National Police Air Service Helicopter is conducting a search in the skies above Shanklin this morning (Monday).

For over 30 minutes the aerial asset has been circling around The Bay Area in general, firstly over Sandown before moving to Shanklin.

Island Echo readers are reporting heightened Police activity in the town – especially in the area of the Old Village.

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UPDATE @ 01:35 – NPAS Bournemouth has moved away from the area now and is thought to have returned to base.

It remains unclear what has sparked the large scale search but sources indicate it is connected with the search for a wanted local male.

UPDATE @ 07:42 – The NPAS Helicopter has returned to Shanklin, conducting yet another aerial search of the town.

Unconfirmed reports suggest that Police blocked the entrance to Lower Hyde Holiday Park for a time at around 06:45. However, there are no Police at the park now.

Hampshire Constabulary are yet to comment on why an extensive search has been conducted, although NPAS have confirmed that the helicopter from Bournemouth has conducted 2 searches on the Isle of Wight on behalf of Hampshire Police.

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Sources tell Island Echo that a search is underway for a wanted male who may have a women in her 30s with him.

It is unknown if this morning’s second search has proved fruitful.

UPDATE @ 10:24 – Hampshire Constabulary are saying very little about the 2 searches, but they have said that the searches are connected to reports of ‘threats to life’ being made.

UPDATE @ 11:44 – It has been confirmed that the wanted male remains at large with no arrests having been made – despite the 2 helicopter-assisted searches.

A spokesperson for Hampshire Constabulary has said:

“Officers have been conducting enquiries through the night in the Shanklin area as part of an investigation into allegations of threats to life.

“No arrests have been made and enquiries are on-going.

“The allegations relate to an older offence and not an incident that occurred last night”.

It is unclear if today’s searches relate to last week’s helicopter search, which was also for ‘threats to life’.

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