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Man detained after witnesses report seeing suspected firearm – Chard

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We have detained a man and are searching a property in Chard after reports of someone with a what looked like a gun.

Witnesses called us just after 4.30pm today, Friday 2 August, to report a man at the window of a flat with what they thought was a long-barrelled weapon.

We closed Fore Street as a precaution while specialist firearms officers assessed the situation.

Just after 6.20pm officers detained a man at a property in Fore Street. Our search of the premises continues, but there is no risk to the public.

We’re grateful to the witnesses who reported this suspicious incident.

We’d also like to thank the community for their patience and co-operation during this incident.