Police swarm on library in March after suspect thought to be in possession of firearm

PUBLISHED: 14:35 10 May 2019 | UPDATED: 14:35 10 May 2019

A man has been arrested after being caught with a suspected replica firearm near the centre of March today. Picture; ARCHANT

A man has been arrested after being caught with a suspected replica firearm near the centre of March today. Picture; ARCHANT

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A man suspected of being in possession of a firearm prompted a major police alert in March today.

Police cars swarmed to the town library following reports that a man was in possession of a firearm.

It turned out the man was carrying a replica firearm and he has been arrested and taken away for questioning.

A spokesman for Cambridgeshire police said: "We were called at around 1.25pm to reports of a man with a firearm in March.

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"Officers attended and the weapon was found to be a replica. The man has been arrested for offences under the firearms act."

Although it is not against the law to own a replica firearm, it is illegal to carry one in a public place unless the person has justification for doing so

An imitation firearm has been defined as anything that resembles a firearm.

One eye witness said he saw up to five police cars respond to the situation at the library - which coincidentally is only yards from the town's police station.

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