ARMED officers were called into action after police were inundated with calls from members of the public due to a man ‘acting suspiciously’ with what was believed to be a gun and a knife.
Staffordshire Police confirmed to the Mail that it dispatched specially trained officers after reports of a man being seen with a ‘bladed article and a firearm’ in the vicinity of Meadow Lane, in Stretton, yesterday morning.
Officers surrounded the suspect in Derby Road (pictured) and arrested a 24-year-old man before undertaking a forensic search of the area.
A spokesman for the force said: “We can confirm that just after 9.20am yesterday morning we received reports of a man acting suspiciously on land off Meadow Lane, in Stretton.
“Due to the nature of calls received from members of the public, armed response officers were dispatched to the scene.
“The man in question was traced to the back of a property in Derby Road following a search by officers.
“We can confirm that he is 24 years old and has been arrested on suspicion of possessing a sharpened or bladed article and suspicion of committing trespass with a firearm
“Nobody was hurt as a result of the incident, but, as in any cases involving firearms, we dispatched armed response officers to the scene.
“Investigations are ongoing and anyone with information on the man in question or the incident is urged to get in contact with us immediately via 101 or Crimestoppers.
As the Mail went to press, detectives were still questioning the 24-year-old man who had been arrested.
Officers were also keen to stress that if anyone suspects someone of committing a crime involving a firearm that they should contact the force ‘straight away’.
Anyone with information on the incident is urged to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.
However, in an emergency, members of the public are reminded to make sure that they dial 999.