Police swoop on gun waving teenager

ARMED police were called to an Ipswich road after a resident reported seeing a teenage man waving a handgun.

ARMED police were called to an Ipswich road after a resident reported seeing a teenage man waving a handgun.

The incident happened in Springhurst Close, just off Spring Road, at about 7pm on Wednesday evening.

The anonymous caller described seeing a black male, aged about 18, waving a handgun. The caller said they saw him approach a younger boy, aged about 15 and show him the weapon.

The teenage boy was reported to be playing football with a group of youngsters on the road.

Armed police officers attended at the scene and discovered a 17-year-old male who had possession of his younger brother's plastic toy gun.

Officers spoke with those involved and their parents. A spokeswoman for Suffolk police said they were all given “suitable advice.”

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She said: “The action was justifiable and necessary. We have a positive duty to act.”