Community left ‘shocked and unsettled’ after armed police response to Bovington

Concerns have been raised after a village saw a huge response from emergency services, including armed police.

Police and paramedics were called to Cologne Road in Bovington on Monday evening after reports a man had been ‘found with injuries’. He was then taken to Dorset County Hospital.

A resident who wished to remain anonymous said there was an air ambulance, three police cars and a police van, two unmarked cars, four ambulances as well as armed officers in the community which is next to the base military.

Dorset Police said officers were now checking CCTV in the area and visiting homes along the street as part of their investigations.

Trees for Dorset chair Rachel Palmer, who lives in Cologne Road, gave her reaction to the incident which she described as “shocking”.

She said: “It’s a fabulous, quiet road that I’ve lived on for 40 years.

“It was a shock to hear so many police sirens on our route and very unusual to see it unfold.”

West Purbeck councilor for Dorset Council, Laura Miller, said the major emergency service response in the area had left the community “unsettled”.

She said: “It seems the reaction from the community has been one that has left them unsettled.

“I have spoken to the police although they have said an investigation is ongoing, the community needs reassurance.

“It’s generally a quiet neighborhood not used to seeing something like this. It leaves concern within the community – and I hope the man involved is doing well.”

A Dorset Police spokeswoman said: “We received a report at 3.43pm on Monday June 6 that a man was found injured in Cologne Road in Bovington.

“Officers attended the scene and the man was taken to hospital with injuries that are not described as serious.

“An investigation is ongoing, including house-to-house visits and CCTV checks.

“Our investigations are ongoing, there have been no arrests at this time.”

A spokeswoman for the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust said: “We were called at 3.41pm to an incident in Bovington.

“We sent an operations officer, two rapid response vehicles, an air ambulance, an intensive care car and a double-crew land ambulance.

“We transported a patient by ambulance to Dorset County Hospital.”

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