Armed police respond to reports of man seen with handgun in Wellingborough

The police helicopter was also called into action after the call from a member of the public last night (Tuesday)

Broad Green in Wellingborough
Broad Green in Wellingborough

Armed police were called into action after reports of a man seen with a handgun in Wellingborough.

The police helicopter was also deployed following a call from a member of the public who had allegedly seen a man with a handgun in Broad Green just after 7pm last night (Tuesday).

A spokesman for Northants Police said: "We deployed and tracked the man to nearby Oxford Street where he was searched.

"The 'handgun' was actually an imitation firearm with no capability to cause harm but the man, aged 26, was arrested on suspicion of possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear.

"We hope this shows the community that although this didn’t turn out to be a real firearms incident, that Northants Police are ready and equipped to deal with these types of incidents quickly and efficiently, in order to keep people safe."

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