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Man arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm after police pursuit in Ipswich

PUBLISHED: 13:17 30 November 2017 | UPDATED: 13:17 30 November 2017

A police car has hit a wall in Ipswich. Picture: ADAM HOWLETT

A police car has hit a wall in Ipswich. Picture: ADAM HOWLETT

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A man has been arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm following a police chase close to Ipswich Railway Station today.

There was a heavy police presence in Belstead Road following the police chase.  Picture: ADAM HOWLETTThere was a heavy police presence in Belstead Road following the police chase. Picture: ADAM HOWLETT

Police were called at around 10.20am this morning, Thursday November 30, after receiving reports of a man in a silver Vauxhall Astra with a firearm in Hadleigh Road.

During a brief police chase, a BMW police vehicle struck the wall of a block of flats in Belstead Road.

A police spokesman said: “A short pursuit took place involving a police car before the vehicle was brought to a stop in the area of Willoughby Drive area.

“A second police vehicle was involved in a very minor collision with a wall in an adjacent road of Belstead Road.

“The driver was unhurt.

“The driver of the Astra, aged in his late 20s, decamped from the vehicle but was then detained after being tasered in the incident.

“He was arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent.

“Enquiries to locate the firearm continue.

The scene in Belstead Road in Ipswich. Picture ADAM HOWLETTThe scene in Belstead Road in Ipswich. Picture ADAM HOWLETT

“The suspect has been taken to Martlesham Heath PIC for questioning.”

Around eight police cars, a dog unit and at least ten police officers were seen in Willoughby Road and Belstead Road at the time of the incident.

Witnesses reported seeing officers chasing a suspect in police vehicles and on foot in the moments before the police car hit the wall

One witness said: “I was just going about my business and heard someone shout ‘stop, stop’.

More police cars were spotted in Willoughby Road in Ipswich. Picture ADAM HOWLETTMore police cars were spotted in Willoughby Road in Ipswich. Picture ADAM HOWLETT

“A police car stopped on the corner and a young lad came running around the corner too

“A policeman then got out of his car and started running after him but couldn’t catch him.

“Then another police car came down the road and pulled over trying to close him in.

“The boy then ran around the corner.

More police cars were  spotted in Willoughby Road in Ipswich. Picture ADAM HOWLETTMore police cars were spotted in Willoughby Road in Ipswich. Picture ADAM HOWLETT

“I don’t even think Linford Christie could have caught him.”

A neighbour, who rushed outside when she heard the commotion, added: “I heard someone shouting and then the car crashed into the wall.

“Then the lad they were chasing jumped over a wall into a neighbour’s garden.”


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