Teenagers arrested following report of firearms incident


Three teenage boys have been arrested following a report of a firearms incident in Cheltenham last night.

At about 11.40pm a 23-year-old man reported that he had been threatened with a gun as he walked along Princess Elizabeth Way.

Armed officers attended and after an extensive search located the offenders.

They also recovered a firearm which looked like a .22 rifle but closer examination revealed that it was an air weapon.

The three teenagers, two aged 16 and one aged 14, were arrested on suspicion of being in possession of a firearm and are in custody at this time.

The man who was threatened was not physically injured.

Chief Inspector Neil Smith said: “Some imitation firearms look very realistic and it is only when closely examined that it can be established that they are not real.

“Anyone who is threatened with a gun will assume that it is real, and police have to respond on that basis.

“It is not acceptable for anyone to cause fear to another person by threatening them with a weapon of any kind, and the fact that it is not ’real’ is no excuse.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Gloucestershire Constabulary on 101 or email 101@gloucestershire.police.uk quoting incident 510 of 20/12.