Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Southsea gun alert: Man arrested

A man has been arrested on suspicion of possessing an imitation firearm after armed police responded to reports of an armed man in a Portsmouth street.

Armed officers went to Victoria Road South in Southsea just before 1600 BST after a man was seen sitting next to a firearm.

Road closures were put in place and a man, 23, was arrested about 20 minutes later and taken for questioning.

Police also seized a weapon at the scene. No shots were fired.

Acting Insp Wendie Douglas said: "I would like to thank local residents for their co-operation during our enquiries.

"Although our investigation is ongoing at the moment, I would like to take this opportunity to remind people about the risks of carrying imitation firearms in public.

"It's difficult, even for firearms experts, to distinguish between a fake gun and a real weapon from a distance.

"Often, it's only once the gun is retrieved that officers are able to confirm it is an imitation or BB gun."

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