Fake gun seized in B’bridge as town celebrates

AN imitation firearm was seized on Boroughbridge’s High Street as the town marked the arrival of 2012.

Witnesses said an armed police unit arrived at the scene on Sunday, January 1, at around 1.10am.

A spokesman for North Yorkshire police confirmed a number of incidents had happened at the same time, including the recovery of a blank-firing gun.

He said: “The police officers who attended took necessary precautions to ensure the safety of the public.”

The spokesman confirmed there had been a total of three arrests in relation to the incidents, including that on Wednesday, January 4, of a 38-year-old local man on suspicion of possessing an imitation firearm. He was later released on police bail pending enquiries.

The spokesman also confirmed there were two arrests at the scene. A 36-year-old local man was arrested on suspicion of affray and later bailed and another man – aged 43 – was arrested and later charged with assaulting a police officer, obstructing the police and being drunk and disorderly.

The 43-year-old is due to appear before Harrogate magistrates on Thursday, January 12.