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UPDATED: Police have descended on Sandown this evening (Tuesday) as they hunt for at least 1 wanted individual.

Officers have surrounded residential streets off Avenue Road and the Police helicopter from Bournemouth is overhead.

Witnesses say that 1 person has been detained so far, but the search continues.

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Island Echo was first alerted to the incident at around 20:10 when multiple Police vehicles responded out of Bembridge towards Sandown.

UPDATE @ 21:20 – The National Police Air Service helicopter is now circling over the Appley and Elmfield area of Ryde having relocated from Sandown.

It is unclear at this stage if the 2 incidents are connected.

Hampshire Constabulary are yet to comment on tonight’s activity, but many are questioning whether or not it is related to this morning’s stabbing in Cowes.

UPDATE @ 21:50 – Both the searches in Sandown and Ryde have now concluded with all units – both on the ground and in the air – stood down.

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NPAS Bournemouth have confirmed that they were involved in a search for a male suspect in Sandown.

The search in Ryde is said to be a separate search for another suspect.

Open areas have been cleared and enquiries continue.

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