Armed police respond to ‘public safety incident’ in Ipswich

Police cordoned off Burrell Road near Ipswich railway station Picture:ARCHANT

Police cordoned off Burrell Road near Ipswich railway station Picture:ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

Armed police responded to reports that an air rifle had been discharged in Ipswich last night.

Police remained on the road for a number of hours Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Police remained on the road for a number of hours Picture: CONTRIBUTED - Credit: Archant

Officers were called just after 4.50pm yesterday following reports of a concern for public safety.

Police vehicles blocked a section of Burrell Road between the junction with Princes Street and Stoke Street. Willoughby Road was also cordoned off.

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Traffic and pedestrians were prevented from entering the area while officers dealt with the incident.

Police have cordoned off Burrell Road and Willoughby Road in Ipswich Picture: ARCHANT

Police have cordoned off Burrell Road and Willoughby Road in Ipswich Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

A spokesman for Suffolk police said that there had been concerns that an air rifle had been discharged.

“Road closures were put in place and a thorough search of the area was carried out but no air rifle was found,” the spokesman said. One nearby resident who was returning home at the time of the drama said they were told to reverse their car and move out of the road by police.

No-one is believed to have been injured.

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Police confirmed that no arrests have been made in relation to the incident and enquiries are still ongoing.

Police on the scene in Burrell Road Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Police on the scene in Burrell Road Picture: CONTRIBUTED - Credit: Archant

All roads have now been re-opened and access to the railway station was unaffected.

Police later confirmed the incident was a false alarm.

Any witnesses or anyone with any information should call Suffolk police on 101, quoting incident number 307 of Saturday, September 15.

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