Liverpool anti-gun activist Stephen French in firearms arrest

Containment scene
Image caption A gun was found in the River Mersey

An anti-gun campaigner has been arrested in Liverpool following an incident which saw part of the Liverpool One complex sealed off.

Stephen French, who began his campaign after two family members were shot, is understood to be one of three men held on suspicion of possessing a firearm.

The arrests followed an "altercation" at premises in Water Street, Liverpool, Merseyside Police said.

Police said a gun was produced, around 13:15 GMT on Wednesday, but not fired.

Armed police sealed off the area for just over two hours because it was thought one of the men was inside the Hilton Hotel on Sir Thomas Steers Way.

Weapon recovered

A man suffered head injuries during the incident.

Two men left in a car, which was later found abandoned outside the hotel.

Police said a 53-year-old man from Birkenhead was arrested at the Pier Head in connection with the initial incident and a second man, 41, also from Birkenhead, was arrested on Duke Street in the city centre.

A 30-year-old man, from Thornton, was also arrested later.

Police divers later found a gun in the River Mersey.

In 2008, Mr French told the BBC he became involved in trying to stop the spread of firearms because members of his family had been shot.

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