As first reported by Island Echo, Armed Police responded to the Fort Street area at around 22:00 with the assistance of the National Police Air Service helicopter from Bournemouth called upon a short time later. The helicopter circled in the skies above the East Wight town for around 90 minutes, drawing the attention of locals.
Armed officers from both sides of the Solent locked down residential streets before relocating to the Esplanade in a bid to locate the wanted suspect. A search underneath Sandown Pier proved fruitless with officers soon returning to Fort Street, with focus turned to Sandham House.
At just before midnight, multiple units responded at speed to Golf Links Road on the other side of town where the 50-year-old suspect was successfully detained. The arrest came after a window was smashed at Shanklin & Sandown Golf Club. Police have confirmed that the man has been arrested on suspicion of burglary also.
The golf club remains cordoned off this morning, as does the entrance to a property on Fort Street.
A spokesperson for Hampshire Constabulary has said:
“Officers deployed to the Sandown area last night (13 April) to arrest a man on suspicion of a number of connected offences.
“A 50-year-old man from Sandown was arrested on suspicion of rape, false imprisonment, and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
“The parties involved in this investigation were known to each other and our enquiries continue to establish the full circumstances.
“The man was also arrested on suspicion of burglary in connection with a break-in at Shanklin and Sandown Golf Club late last night.
“He remains in custody at this time”.