A man has been arrested after reports he was armed in the town.
Officers were called to Higham Ferrers today at 10.15am to a report of a man who was in possession of a firearm and who was threatening to self-harm.
An immediate search of the town took place, which included the firearms officers and the force helicopter.
A 25-year-old man from Higham Ferrers was arrested by officers at 11.35am.
A police spokesman said: “He was not in possession of a firearm when he was arrested.
“At no time were any threats made to members of the public.”
Insp Vaughan Clarke said: “During the course of the incident we contacted local schools in Higham Ferrers, informed then of what we were dealing with and asked them to secure their premises and keep their students indoors.
“From the feedback I’ve had from the schools those procedures appear to have worked very well.”
Danielle Edwards of Higham Ferrers was in the town around the time of the incident.
She said: “I was at the Bede House at a mums and tots group and came down at 11.30am to be greeted by armed police with armour on.”
She added: “The helicopter was up for ages round by the vets in College Street.
“It was very scary.”
Alex Innard contacted the Telegraph on Twitter when he saw a large police presence in the town.
He sent several updates to the @NTnewseditor twitter account of what was happening, including armed offices seen near the mini roundabout in High Street/Kimbolton Road.