Armed police called to Kettering flats

Armed police respond to an incident at a flat on Judith Road, Kettering
Armed police respond to an incident at a flat on Judith Road, Kettering

Armed police were called to flats in Kettering this afternoon.

Five armed officers were called to a first floor flat in a block behind the Grange Place Shopping Precinct and a man was arrested on suspicion of affray after police received reports he had a gun at about 1.40pm.

The man has been released without charge and police believe the report of a gun was inaccurate information as a result of the caller suffering ‘health issues’.

A female witness left the flat with two non-armed police officers after armed police left the flats at about 3pm.

Shoppers at the precinct, which includes a Co-operative supermarket, were stunned as three cars of armed officers pulled up in Judith Road behind the flats.

Gary Davidson, of Marion Square, Kettering, said: “It’s not good. I’ve never heard of armed police being down here before.”

Tracy Tokens, of Valley Walk, Kettering, said: “We were waiting for the KCU coach to come back from the the kids’ holiday.

“They are late so it has kept us entertained.”

Insp Dennis Murray said: “We had reports of a male with a gun and deployed officers on the basis of that information.

“But after speaking to the man and other witnesses we are satisfied there never was a gun.

“We believe it was inaccurate information as a result of health issues of the caller.”