Walking stick 'gun' triggers armed response at Wirral pub

Cock and Donkey, Rock Ferry Image copyright Google
Image caption Police surrounded The Cock and Donkey in Rock Ferry

A Wirral pub was surrounded by armed police after a customer's folded-up walking stick was mistaken for a gun.

Officers were alerted after reports a man with a gun had walked into The Cock and Donkey pub on Old Chester Road, Rock Ferry on Tuesday afternoon.

Merseyside Police put a cordon around the pub before detaining the man who was found carrying the walking stick.

Old Chester Road was closed between Fairfield Road and St Paul's Road for about 40 minutes.

A police spokesman said: "We would always encourage members of the public to report suspicious activity to us.

"In this case a report was made in good faith and the appropriate procedures were followed."

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