Police hold children on floor at gunpoint
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Teenagers held on floor at gunpoint by police in Birmingham

Armed police responding to a suspected firearms incident at a house held teenagers face down in the road with their hands behind their backs.

Crowds gathered in Pretoria Road, Bordesley Green, Birmingham, on Monday as police closed off the road to search a house while a helicopter hovered above.

West Midlands Police said it was called to reports of a man believed to be carrying firearms, but despite a thorough search none were recovered and no arrests were made.

Police said a 21-year-old man, a 17-year-old girl and two boys, aged 16 and 15, came out of the address and were instructed to lie down behind a police vehicle.

The force said this is routine when it is believed there could be a firearms threat nearby.

Officers contained the area until they were satisfied there was no threat and no one was armed inside the address.

Ch Insp Phil Dolby said: "We will always act on any information given by the public to tackle gun crime.

"Firearms have no place on the streets of Birmingham. There is no let-up in our approach to tackle gun crime and it remains an absolute priority for us."

The College of Policing guidelines states special consideration should be given by firearms officers to "situations where the use of force places children at risk."

  • 11 Apr 2017