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POLICE USE HOVERCRAFT TO ASSIST ARREST

policechasemanintosea7UPDATED: Police, HM Coastguard, Ryde Inshore Rescue and Hovertravel have all been involved in the detention of a wanted male who walked out to sea at Ryde in a bid to evade arrest this morning (Tuesday). 

At shortly before 09:00 Police were called to an incident at St Thomas’ Street in the town, however before long officers found themselves walking out to sea when a man, thought to be in his 20s or early 30s, ran into the water to get away from the pursuing officers.

policechasemanintosea4The incident sparked a response from Ryde Inshore Rescue, Bembridge Coastguard Rescue Team, the Hampshire Marine Policing Unit and also Hovertravel, who sent one of their hovercraft out onto the sandbank.

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The man, who is said to have been up to his neck in water at one point, has been arrested and taken to Newport Police Station for questioning. He was flanked by 3 officers as they brought him ashore at Ryde Harbour.

Ryde Inshore Rescue were stood down as they approached the scene.

It is currently unknown why the man was wanted by Police or the connection with the St Thomas’ Street incident.

UPDATE @ 12:35 – Hampshire Constabulary have confirmed they were called to Ryde Town at around 08:30 following reports of a man with a knife.

3 men, all aged in their 20s, have been arrested and are currently assisting Police with their enquiries.

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