Two charged with wasting police time after officers search Ipswich property for drugs and gun

Armed police and dog units investigate the scene of an incident in Wellington Street, Ipswich.

Armed police and dog units investigate the scene of an incident in Wellington Street, Ipswich. - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

Two people have been charged with wasting police time after armed officers were called to Wellington Street on Tuesday.

Armed police and dog units investigate the scene of an incident in Wellington Street, Ipswich.

Armed police and dog units investigate the scene of an incident in Wellington Street, Ipswich. - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

Suffolk Constabulary received a 999 call at 11.10am by someone in a flat claiming there were drugs and a gun at the address before hanging up.

Officers, including the police dog unit, attended the property and cordoned off part of the area as a precaution.

Individuals were questioned and the flat was searched but no weapons or drugs were located.

On Wednesday, police arrested two people from Wellington Street - Emma Smith, aged 41, and Christopher Garcia, aged 43.

They were charged with “causing wasteful employment of the police by knowingly making to Suffolk Constabulary a false report,” a police spokeswoman said.

The pair will appear before South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court on September 29.

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