Stoke & Staffordshire

Armed police called to Stoke-on-Trent fights

Nelson Street, Fenton Image copyright Google
Image caption A stretch of Nelson Street, Fenton

Armed police were called to two reports of men fighting in the street, some said to be armed with bats, poles and what was described as a gun.

Police say they were first called to Nelson Street, Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent at around 21:00 BST having been told car windows had been smashed.

They were then called to Rochester Road, Sandford Hill to more reports of people fighting and smashed windows.

Six men, aged between 18-23 were arrested on suspicion of affray.

Staffordshire Police say they seized "a machete and hammer along with a red Mercedes" and say they are linking both incidents.

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Officers recovered a suspected firearm but say examinations show it was a "plastic, toy gun."

Image caption Police and forensic vans were at the scene on Rochester Road

Inspector Mick Eyre, of Staffordshire Police said: "I want to take this opportunity to reassure residents that we take such matters extremely seriously and respond with the appropriate resources."

"Such behaviour on our streets is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

Police are appealing for any witnesses to the incidents to get in touch with them.

Image caption Police tape cordoned off one property on Rochester Road

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