Police detain man who reportedly carried air rifle

Police were called today (Friday 1) after a member of the public reported that they had seen a man carrying an air rifle in Trowbridge Park at 3.47pm.

Officers were deployed to the area and began a search, which included a helicopter being sent up to assist with the search at about 4pm.

A man, who matched the description given by the witness, was seen entering an off license on Roundstone Street, Trowbridge.

Traffic was stopped on Roundstone Street, while the police entered the shop and detained the man. He was taken to Melksham police station pending further enquiries.

A police statement said: "Police were called at 3.47pm by a member of the public who claimed they had seen a man carrying an air-rifle or rifle in Trowbridge Park.

“No weapon was found and no other reports of a gun were received and no threats were made to staff in the shop.”

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6:05pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Mrs Donnyfly says...

Riffle?
Riffle? Mrs Donnyfly
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8:45am Sat 2 Feb 13

Steppenwolf1 says...

So a road closed and much ado about nothing, the guy wasn't even carrying anything. Even if he had been carrying an air rifle it was possible he had lawful authority, coming from a shooting club or taking it to a shop to be repaired etc.
So a road closed and much ado about nothing, the guy wasn't even carrying anything. Even if he had been carrying an air rifle it was possible he had lawful authority, coming from a shooting club or taking it to a shop to be repaired etc. Steppenwolf1
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10:06am Sat 2 Feb 13

OhThisIsFun says...

Ah, the multistory.. Could pick of loads of peasants from up there..
Ah, the multistory.. Could pick of loads of peasants from up there.. OhThisIsFun
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1:16pm Sat 2 Feb 13

Mrs Donnyfly says...

Don't know about anyone with a riffle, but there were loads of blokes swaggering about with tasers slung low on their hip like Wyatt bleedin' Earp.
Don't know about anyone with a riffle, but there were loads of blokes swaggering about with tasers slung low on their hip like Wyatt bleedin' Earp. Mrs Donnyfly
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1:17pm Sat 2 Feb 13

Mrs Donnyfly says...

If no "weapon"was found why was he detained and taken to a police station?
If no "weapon"was found why was he detained and taken to a police station? Mrs Donnyfly
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4:26pm Sat 2 Feb 13

redrum says...

Maybe he had the gun but hid it somewhere before they caught up with him, the police are not obliged to tell us everything you know.
Maybe he had the gun but hid it somewhere before they caught up with him, the police are not obliged to tell us everything you know. redrum
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5:05pm Sat 2 Feb 13

beetawix says...

possession of WMD saga mkII

Weapons of minor destruction
possession of WMD saga mkII Weapons of minor destruction beetawix
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3:15am Sun 3 Feb 13

Mrs Donnyfly says...

redrum wrote:
Maybe he had the gun but hid it somewhere before they caught up with him, the police are not obliged to tell us everything you know.
I think you're entering the realms of fantasy there
[quote][p][bold]redrum[/bold] wrote: Maybe he had the gun but hid it somewhere before they caught up with him, the police are not obliged to tell us everything you know.[/p][/quote]I think you're entering the realms of fantasy there Mrs Donnyfly
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7:00am Sun 3 Feb 13

redrum says...

Police would not waste the time or money detaining someone unless there is a reason for it my dear.
Police would not waste the time or money detaining someone unless there is a reason for it my dear. redrum
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12:37pm Sun 3 Feb 13

Mrs Donnyfly says...

redrum wrote:
Police would not waste the time or money detaining someone unless there is a reason for it my dear.
I think you'll find that they would, and indeed do. All that manpower and no arrests to tick the required boxes, that'll never do.... my dear.
[quote][p][bold]redrum[/bold] wrote: Police would not waste the time or money detaining someone unless there is a reason for it my dear.[/p][/quote]I think you'll find that they would, and indeed do. All that manpower and no arrests to tick the required boxes, that'll never do.... my dear. Mrs Donnyfly
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9:51pm Sun 3 Feb 13

notscot says...

Mrs Donnyfly wrote:
redrum wrote:
Police would not waste the time or money detaining someone unless there is a reason for it my dear.
I think you'll find that they would, and indeed do. All that manpower and no arrests to tick the required boxes, that'll never do.... my dear.
Nah - they'd have to nick him.
Or get crucified.
Oh, wait - they'd get crucified anyway!!!
[quote][p][bold]Mrs Donnyfly[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]redrum[/bold] wrote: Police would not waste the time or money detaining someone unless there is a reason for it my dear.[/p][/quote]I think you'll find that they would, and indeed do. All that manpower and no arrests to tick the required boxes, that'll never do.... my dear.[/p][/quote]Nah - they'd have to nick him. Or get crucified. Oh, wait - they'd get crucified anyway!!! notscot
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9:00am Mon 4 Feb 13

moonraker77 says...

Mrs Donnyfly wrote:
redrum wrote: Police would not waste the time or money detaining someone unless there is a reason for it my dear.
I think you'll find that they would, and indeed do. All that manpower and no arrests to tick the required boxes, that'll never do.... my dear.
The police have a duty to respond to reports from members of the public, especially where firearms are involved. It is also possible that the man detained was 'known' to the police. Ok, so no weapon was found but at least there was a robust response.Some people are very keen to criticise without being in possession of the facts or realising what the outcome could have been.
[quote][p][bold]Mrs Donnyfly[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]redrum[/bold] wrote: Police would not waste the time or money detaining someone unless there is a reason for it my dear.[/p][/quote]I think you'll find that they would, and indeed do. All that manpower and no arrests to tick the required boxes, that'll never do.... my dear.[/p][/quote]The police have a duty to respond to reports from members of the public, especially where firearms are involved. It is also possible that the man detained was 'known' to the police. Ok, so no weapon was found but at least there was a robust response.Some people are very keen to criticise without being in possession of the facts or realising what the outcome could have been. moonraker77
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10:56pm Mon 4 Feb 13

Mrs Donnyfly says...

Where have I said that the police shouldn't have responded to reports from members of the public?

So what if the man was "known" to the police?

Robust... very popular buzzword these days.

Can I assume that you were/are in possession of all the facts. If not why should being laudatory be any more valid than being critical?
Where have I said that the police shouldn't have responded to reports from members of the public? So what if the man was "known" to the police? Robust... very popular buzzword these days. Can I assume that you were/are in possession of all the facts. If not why should being laudatory be any more valid than being critical? Mrs Donnyfly
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2:54pm Tue 5 Feb 13

moonraker77 says...

Mrs Donnyfly wrote:
Where have I said that the police shouldn't have responded to reports from members of the public? So what if the man was "known" to the police? Robust... very popular buzzword these days. Can I assume that you were/are in possession of all the facts. If not why should being laudatory be any more valid than being critical?
What a wonderfully tangential response:-)
[quote][p][bold]Mrs Donnyfly[/bold] wrote: Where have I said that the police shouldn't have responded to reports from members of the public? So what if the man was "known" to the police? Robust... very popular buzzword these days. Can I assume that you were/are in possession of all the facts. If not why should being laudatory be any more valid than being critical?[/p][/quote]What a wonderfully tangential response:-) moonraker77
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7:00pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Mrs Donnyfly says...

Thank you very much. One does one's best.
Thank you very much. One does one's best. Mrs Donnyfly
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11:58am Thu 7 Feb 13

moonraker77 says...

Mrs Donnyfly wrote:
Thank you very much. One does one's best.
I'm sure you do your best in all circumstances :-)
[quote][p][bold]Mrs Donnyfly[/bold] wrote: Thank you very much. One does one's best.[/p][/quote]I'm sure you do your best in all circumstances :-) moonraker77
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