Man arrested after suspected firearms sighting

By Harriet Ernstsons Thursday 06 March 2014 Updated: 06/03 14:43

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RESIDENTS were urged to stay inside after a report of someone carrying a firearm in Abbeydale.

A man was arrested on Wednesday (March 5) after police received reports of the suspected sighting. No weapons had been found by the time the Standard went to press but searches were continuing.

Armed police, a force helicopter and dog handlers from West Mercia Police were sent to the area between Meadowhill Road and Sedgley Close at 9.15pm, with a 24-year-old being arrested in Sedgley Close on suspicion of firearms offences at 11.20pm.

He was taken to Kidderminster Police Station to be questioned.

Det Insp Leighton Harding said: "During the incident our prime concern was to ensure the safety of the public and as a precaution residents were advised to stay indoors."

Witnesses are being sought in particular three young men who spoke to police in a park area off Easemore Road.

A link is also being investigated between the incident and another which occurred in Batchley Road just before 9pm. A window was smashed at a property there and there was a disturbance outside involving a number of people."

Anyone with any information should call police on 101, quoting incident reference number 671-S-050314, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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