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Author Topic: Imitation Firearms in the UK  (Read 1762 times)

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Imitation Firearms in the UK
« on: February 02, 2006, 09:02:15 AM »

Teenagers arrested over gun alert 
Armed officers stopped and arrested two teenagers in a car after they sparked an alert with an imitation firearm.
The pair were followed by officers from Congleton in Cheshire to Stockport in Greater Manchester after reports that they had a gun.

A so-called BB gun - which fires pellets - was recovered by officers.

A 17-year-old from Derbyshire and an 18-year-old from Staffordshire, were arrested on suspicion of possessing an imitation firearm.

Both were released on bail, pending further inquiries.

Officers followed the car through Congleton and Poynton in Cheshire, before making their move near the Fiveways Hotel in Hazel Grove.

A spokesman from Cheshire Police said the car was first spotted on Holmes Chapel Road.

BB guns come in a variety of designs immitating real weapons.

They cannot always easily be distinguished from regular firearms and have prompted emergency police responses across the UK.

The weapon can only be sold to people aged 17 or over, but are available by mail-order through the internet.

It became illegal to carry the replicas in public places in 2004.

Last year a teenager was pictured in Knutsford town centre, brandishing a replica firearm in full view of passers-by. He was given a warning by Cheshire Police.


I'm amazed this made the Nationals, as I dealt with 2-3 per week when I was a Force Duty Officer.  I guess its because there were people on site who photographed parts of the arrests, making it more news worthy.

The pics are on the BBC site.  I don't know how to transfer them over.