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Cordons remain in place following firearms incident and arrest in Castle Cary

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At about 4.30am today, Wednesday 23 January, we arrested a man wanted in connection with an armed robbery in the Yeovil area.

The arrest from a property in the Park Street area of Castle Cary followed a three-hour operation involving firearms officers.

The operation was in response to reports of what sounded like gunshots in the Castle Cary area at about 1.30am.

Officers surrounded a property in the Park Street area containing a man with a gun. Further shots were fired during the incident.

The suspect left the property following negotiations. He is under arrest in police custody. We have seized a firearm which will be forensically examined.

No-one was hurt during the operation – members of the public, police officers or the suspect.

Ongoing police presence in the town

We will continue to patrol the Castle Cary area to provide reassurance and receive information from members of the public.

There are a number of cordoned-off areas in the town while crime scene investigators continue to collate information and evidence. This includes Fore Street and Park Street.

Chief Inspector Sharon Baker said: “We recognise the impact this is having on everyone in the town. The local team know the community well. We’re keeping people informed as much as we can during an ongoing investigation.

“We’ve been in contact with Castle Cary Community Primary School in Park Street which will be closed today. We’ve also been in touch with other businesses and organisations who are affected. We’re really grateful for the community’s understanding and support and we are working hard to lift the cordons as soon as possible.”

We want to confirm this was an isolated incident and the man arrested was wanted in connection with a robbery in the Yeovil area last week.

We’d like to reiterate although a number of gun shots were fired, no-one was hurt and the suspect remains in police custody.

We have contacted the Independent Office of Police Conduct (IOPC) and are voluntarily referring the incident.