An image of a firearm, sent to a 17-year-old Isle of Wight girl, prompted a call-out for armed police this afternoon (Wednesday).
Hampshire Constabulary says it received reports of someone in possession of a firearm in Ryde.
Officers initially met at Ryde Golf Club, before heading to another location.
Police were called at around 2pm.
Following enquiries, the force says it is investigating a report of “malicious communications”.