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Armed police called to Chatteris and juvenile arrested for firearms offences

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A large group of armed police were called to a town playing field on Sunday after reports of a young man brandishing a handgun.

On being challenged by armed police at the Wenny Road Playing Field in Chatteris, two juvenile males were detained and subsequently arrested for firearms offences.

One has now been released under investigation and the other has been released with no further action.

The replica gun from the first incident (57817451)
The replica gun from the first incident (57817451)

Police say this is the second incident in a week where young people in the town have been seen with potential handguns. The first turned out to be a plastic BB gun which looked like an actual firearm.

They say the rise in reports coincides with a stall holder selling BB guns at the recent Chatteris Festival.

Fenland Neighbourhood Policing Commander Inspector Andrew Morris said: "We have since been working closely with partners from the festival, who on the day took swift action to stop further sales of these items.

"Due to the sale of these BB guns there are potentially a number of other BB and replica handguns out in the community. We are asking anyone who owns one of these guns or replicas, whether bought at the fair or otherwise, to please hand these weapons over to us.

"There will be no further action taken by the police if you make immediate action to hand these to the police. I am making this decision to implement a short term amnesty as we want as many of these weapons off of the streets of Chatteris as possible.

"I want to ensure the community remains safe and we don’t get further incidents where armed officers are required, and I want to ensure my team can educate the youngsters around the consequences of being in possession of these weapons.

"It is really important I find the right balance of reassuring the community, taking the appropriate punitive action and educating the community to prevent further incidents.

"In the meantime we will be ensuring we carrying on patrolling the town and reassuring the public and engaging with the community.

"If you have or know anyone who has one of these weapons and want to hand it over to us, there are a number of ways to do this. Please email the March Neighbourhood Policing Team on NPTMarch@cambs.police.uk and one of our officers will be in contact with you to arrange collection.

"Also, you can call 101 or speak to us on webchat or report through our online reporting tool, where again one of our officers will arrange collection of these items."

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