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Actors on The Veteran film spark police gun inquiry

Heygate Estate in Elephant and Castle
Image caption Filming took place in the disused Heygate Estate in south London

Police investigating why bullet casings were found on a housing estate have discovered they were blanks left by actors shooting a film.

Hundreds of blank rounds were fired during the filming of thriller The Veteran at the disused Heygate Estate in Elephant and Castle, south London.

The estate is often used for filming and two police officers accompanied the cast as they shot the scenes.

Film-makers Foxtrot Films said they were surprised by the reaction.

Afghanistan soldier

Spokesman Brian Hamilton, who said they obtained permission before filming the gunfight scenes, said: "We are a highly professional company and we abide by all the rules, and more."

The casings were discovered by a member of the public who called police.

Officers then attended the scene and sent the shells for forensic analysis which revealed they were blanks.

The movie, starring Toby Kebbell, is about a soldier who uncovers a criminal conspiracy after returning from Afghanistan.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "We can confirm police were called following the discovery of a small number of shell casings.

"The casings were subsequently confirmed to be blanks.

"Officers have spoken with a production that was filming in the area."

He added: "Inquiries are ongoing. There have been no arrests."

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