16:19 Thursday 23 January 2014

Cops appeal into firearm incident

Written byROB SMYTH

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POLICE officers were forced to launch a massive operation following a suspected firearm incident.

Armed officers went to Stafford Street, in Burton, following reports that an individual was reported to be brandishing a gun in the street.

Unarmed officers, dog patrols and the police helicopter were also called into action but nobody was found at the scene and no weapon was located.

A huge public reassurance operation followed and now officers have launched an investigation into the incident and have asked members of the public for their help.

A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: “We were called to reports of a suspicious incident in Stafford Street, Burton, at around 10.45pm on Thursday, January 16.

“This was because it was reported that a man was seen with a suspected firearm.

“Officers attended to carry out a search of the area.

“They were assisted by the dog support unit and the police helicopter which was in the area at the time.

“Searches of neighbouring streets and gardens were also carried out but no-one was located and no weapon was found. No-one was injured during the incident.

“However, a window at a nearby address was damaged and it is believed this incident may be connected to the suspicious man.

“Officers carried out house-to-house inquiries and high-visibility patrols in the area to reassure residents.

“Anyone with concerns or information is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 731 of January 16.

“Alternatively, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.”

Staffordshire Police have only now released details of the incident to the Mail, despite it happening a week ago.

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