‘Gunman’ found and was a charity worker in fancy dress!

Just Regional
Mar 13, 2015 2 mins read

Police have identified a man involved in an earlier incident in Norwich which led to an armed response this morning.

Following enquiries officers traced the man locally and can confirm he was a charity fundraiser wearing fancy dress and carrying an imitation firearm.

Chief Inspector Chris Spinks commented on the incident, saying: “This is the second similar high profile incident which has taken place in the last month. We would like to remind people to think carefully about the consequences of carrying imitation weapons and of their general appearance, which, as in this case could be misconstrued by other members of the public.”

The man was visited by officers and has been given strong words of advice regarding the consequences of his actions which resulted in firearms officers and the police helicopter being deployed in the interests of public safety. No criminal offences were committed.

Chief Inspector Spinks added: “If the police receive reports of what is believed to be a weapon, openly displayed in public places we need to react promptly to the information that we are given at the time. Public safety will always be our priority when dealing with such incidents. Imitation weapons should not be used, or left, in public view.”


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