Wednesday, 22 May 2024

Armed police race to UK city centre after witnesses spot teens with gun

Armed police were deployed to a popular tourist spot in Liverpool after reports of “teens with a gun” today.

Just before 6.30 pm on Wednesday (August 30), Merseyside Police received reports that a number of people carrying a gun were in Chavasse Park, Liverpool ONE.

Police detained five teenagers, aged between 13 and 15, and recovered a BB gun near Liverpool Museum on the waterfront.

Nine police vehicles and many officers were spotted at the popular site, pictures sent to the Liverpool Echo show. One eyewitness also said they saw a number of police cars stopping behind the John Lewis at Liverpool ONE shopping centre.

 

Merseyside Police confirmed nobody was injured during the incident and there is no wider concern for the general public. 

BB guns, which shoot little spherical projectiles, are legal in the UK but there are some legal concerns and restrictions around them.

The minimum age to purchase a BB gun is 18 years and they’re not allowed to be carried in public, unless in transit.

And when they are in transit, they are supposed to be carried in a bag.

There are also rules around the colour of them. The law states that a minimum of 51 per cent of the BB gun’s surface must be a bright colour or transparent plastic so they can be recognised as an “unrealistic imitation” by police.

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