PEOPLE have been warned against using air rifles in public after four teenagers sparked a police helicopter search when they were spotted with weapons.
Two 15-year-old boys and one 16-year-old from Rothwell and one 15-year-old from Desborough were arrested after they were caught with two air rifles in the Manor Park area of Rothwell on Sunday. The three teenagers from Rothwell were bailed and referred to the youth justice team.
The boy from Desborough was given a reprimand.
A police spokesman said: “Air weapons can only be used on private property well away from other members of the public.
“They can only be used in a farmer’s field with the permission of the farmer but even here their use may cut across public rights of way. Air weapons should not be used or displayed in public and the fact that this type of incident has become less common in recent months suggests that this message is getting through.
“Members of the public are quick to contact us if they suspect a firearm is being used or carried in a public place. Three boys have been arrested and bailed for referral to the youth justice team.”
The police helicopter was scrambled after a member of the public reported four youths walking around Jubilee Crescent and Manor Park with a firearm.
Officers on the ground arrested the teenagers.
The police spokesman said: “At 1.30pm on Sunday, we received a call about a group of four lads walking around Rothwell with a shotgun in the Jubilee Crescent, Manor Park area. Officers were deployed and with assistance from the helicopter located four boys and two air rifles.
“The boys were all arrested on suspicion of having a loaded or unloaded weapon in a public place. Three were from Rothwell aged 16, 15 and 15 and one was from Desborough, aged 15.”