Imitation firearms recovered following vehicle stop in Market Harborough
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A number of imitation firearms were recovered by officers in Market Harborough after officers stopped a vehicle that caught their attention.
Shortly after 12.30pm yesterday (Tuesday 16 November), officers carrying out routine proactive patrols noticed the vehicle in High Street. It drew their attention as it was kept in poor condition and also had tape on the number plate.
A search of the vehicle – a silver Ford – uncovered two imitation firearms as well as knives and the three occupants were immediately arrested and the weapons seized.
A 42-year-old man from Foxton and a 28-year-old man from Corby in Northamptonshire were arrested on suspicion of having an imitation firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence, possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, possession of an offensive weapon in a public place and possession of a knife blade/sharp-pointed article in a public place.
A 28-year-old man from Corby was arrested on suspicion of possession of an imitation firearm in a public place, possession of an offensive weapon in a public place, possession of a knife blade/sharp-pointed article in a public place and conspiracy to possess an imitation firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence.
All three men have since been released under investigation and enquiries are continuing.
Detective Inspector Charles Edwards, from Market Harborough CID, said: “While our investigation is progressing, I hope the public can take some reassurance from the fact that the weapons have been recovered and taken off our streets.
“I would continue to encourage anyone with concerns or information about criminal activity in the area to report matters to us.”