Multiple police units – including armed officers – and paramedics have been called to a dog attack in Sandown tonight (Sunday).
Golf Links Road to the rear of Fairway Holiday Park has been closed by Police as emergency teams deal with the serious incident.
It’s thought that there are a number of casualties and the assistance of the Air Ambulance is being considered.
Island Echo readers reported hearing ‘loud bangs’ – described as sounding like gun shots – in the area of Perowne Way at around 22:30.
It is thought that the dog may have been killed.
Members of the public are advised to avoid the area until further notice.
Police cordons have been erected around the immediate area.
UPDATE @ 23:59 – At least 4 people are understood to have been injured in the attack, 2 seriously.
The Thames Valley Air Ambulance has landed at St Mary’s Hospital in the past 20 minutes to transfer 1 patient to a mainland hospital.
Island Echo can confirm that the dog has been dispatched by Armed Police. The animal has been killed next to a white Audi convertible close to the water works.
Detectives from Newport CID have arrived at the scene as investigations into the incident get underway.
It’s thought that tonight’s incident is the first time Police have opened fire with live ammunition on the Island is a significant period of time.
UPDATE MONDAY – Police have confirmed that 2 people have been seriously injured as a result of last night’s attack, which involved a Staffy Mastiff cross.