Elite counter terrorism police conducted a rare training exercise on the Isle of Wight today (Wednesday), with loud explosions sparking concern amongst local residents.
Counter Terrorism Specialist Firearms Officers (CTSFO), from the Metropolitan Police, travelled across the Solent to the Island with a fleet of unmarked Police cars – vehicles more commonly seen on the streets of London.
Island Echo readers got in touch at just gone 13:00 to report the suspected Police vehicles – a BMW X5, a BMW saloon and 2 Mercedes-Benz Vito vans – responding on blue lights and sirens along Military Road towards Freshwater.
It can now be revealed that the mainland officers were carrying out a training exercise at the former Weston Primary School in Totland. It is unclear why this location was picked out of all the empty buildings in the country and why the training exercise took place on the Island during the COVID pandemic lockdown.