Armed police swoop in Norwich

NORWICH motorists were stunned when armed police surrounded a car and forced a suspect out and onto his knees at gunpoint.Part of the inner ring road was closed off as the dramatic arrest of a wanted suspect was made.

NORWICH motorists were stunned when armed police surrounded a car and forced a suspect out and onto his knees at gunpoint.

Part of the inner ring road was closed off as the dramatic arrest of a wanted suspect was made.

The 22-year-old man was being hunted by Metropolitan Police for attempted murder after a shooting in East London at the end of September.

Norwich police officers acted on descriptions given out by the capital's Trafalgar shooting team and forced a saloon vehicle to stop in St Crispin's Road.


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Both sides of the dual carriageway were closed, near to the junction with Oak Street, so the arrests could be made just after 1.20pm yesterday afternoon.

Two other men in the car, both 18-year-olds, were also arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

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A quick thinking member of the public captured the impressive actions of Norfolk's tactical squad on camera.

They said: “About five or six police cars blocked off the road and there was a Range rover full of armed police.

“They got these guys out of a car and had them at gun point.”

A spokeswoman for Norfolk Constabulary said: “The road was closed for a short period of time while the suspects were arrested and transported from the scene and the vehicle they had been travelling in was recovered.”

The three men, who are all from London, have been detained for questioning in the custody of Norfolk police.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said the 22-year-old suspect had been linked to a non-fatal shooting on Sunday, September 30.

The shooting happened at the Goldsmith estate in East Acton and police were called after a number of shots were fired.

The spokesman said: “Very fortunately the intended victim, a man in his early 20s, was not injured.”

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