Tuesday 25 October 2016

High street gun alert sparked by...tennis racket

Published 24/07/2015 | 16:42

The gun alert was sparked by a tennis racket
The gun alert was sparked by a tennis racket
Armed police swooped on a street in Droitwich after reports a woman was carrying a firearm

A gun alert which saw armed police swoop on a quiet high street was triggered by a tennis racket.

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West Mercia Police said initial reports of a person carrying a firearm in Droitwich in Worcestershire earlier this month had proven unfounded.

However, officers thanked the member of the public who initially called in with their suspicions for their vigilance.

A police spokesman said: "We were originally given a description of someone possibly carrying a firearm.

"We have since identified that person on CCTV, and they were carrying a tennis racket."

He added: "We're keen to stress that there's no doubt this report was done in genuine concern.

"We thank the person for their vigilance and encourage people to contact police if they have any suspicions or concerns."

The force said it had identified the person, described as a woman or girl in their teens or early 20s and wearing a pink t-shirt, and was "satisfied" that was the same individual who had been reported to them.

"We haven't been able to trace that individual, but we have identified them on CCTV and are satisfied it is the same person," said the police spokesman.

Part of the Worcestershire town's high street was sealed off and searches of the area carried out after the alert was triggered at about 6.20pm on Sunday, July 12.

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