Shropshire

Man arrested after police stand-off in Newport

A man has been arrested after armed police were called to an incident in Newport, Shropshire.

West Mercia Police said a call at 13:00 GMT raised concerns a man in a building may have possessed a firearm.

Upper Bar in Newport was closed off for more than an hour during the stand-off.

A 29-year-old man was struck by what police called an attenuating energy projectile, similar to a plastic bullet, before being arrested on public order offences.

Police said the man was treated for minor bruising and was being held in custody at Malinsgate Police Station in Telford.

Deputy Chief Constable Karen Manners said: "In dealing with a difficult scenario, armed officers appropriately deployed a less lethal option to resolve the situation and it has led to the safe detention of the man involved.

"An investigation is now ongoing at the scene and we would like to appeal to any witnesses who may have information to contact West Mercia Police straightway."

She said there was no danger to the public at any time during the incident.

Attenuating Energy Projectiles, or AEPs, feature a hollow nose and replaced plastic bullets, which were seen as more dangerous.

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