In light of the increased terror threat level following Monday’s horrific attack in Manchester, Armed Police officers are now providing a very visible presence in key locations on the Isle of Wight, including ferry terminals.
Although the Island has for sometime had dedicated Authorized Firearms Officers (AFOs) available around the clock, visible patrols and checks with weapons drawn is something not previously seen on the Island in normal day-to-day life.
2 local Armed Officers have been conducting random checks at Red Funnel’s East Cowes ferry terminal and Hovertravel in Ryde, providing a reassuring – or maybe alarming – presence to those travelling across the Solent.
Hampshire Constabulary earlier this week confirmed that additional armed and unarmed patrols will be carried out at key locations with a focus on crowded places, including transport hubs and shopping centres.
Chief Superintendent Lucy Hutson has said:
“I would like to reassure you that the move to critical is something that we prepare for. We will continually review our deployments and take all possible steps to keep people safe within Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
“At this time we need everyone to remain alert but not alarmed. We need your help to help us protect our communities and disrupt those who seek to harm us. I would urge you to contact the police straight away if you believe that someone is acting suspiciously.
“Our officers and staff will continue to provide a visible presence in our communities and we have the specialist resources in place to respond in an emergency.”