The East Cowes Red Funnel ferry terminal is on lockdown after it is understood four people have detained by armed police officers from Hampshire and Isle of Wight Police this evening.
Officers cordoned off the ferry and stopped the top ramp from being lowered whilst they waited for other officers to arrive before allowing vehicles off. An 18 plated Isle of Wight registered blue Ford Titani was stopped by officers with a number of people onboard. Passengers leaving the ferry have described Police giving the vehicle a good shakedown.
A large amount of police including armed officers remain at the incident that is believed to involve drugs being brought on to the Island. Four police vans a dog unit and the Armed roads policing have detained a number of people from a Blue Ford Car. This is being searched by a drugs dogs. A number of people are also being searched by officers following what is understood to be an operation that was planned. One of male those who had been detained and released by Police following the drugs search cheekly asked if Police officers could phone his mum so he could be picked up.
The incident and searches are not affecting other ferry travellers or traffic into the terminal.
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