A call made to the police about an alleged COVID breach ended with a 19-year-old being arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.
Staffordshire Police officers were initially called to Grove Road in Fenton at around 7:55 pm on 28th November.
When they arrived on the scene, a person in the address was spotted by officers with what was believed to be a firearm.
Officers at the scene requested back-up from armed response vehicles which quickly made their way to the location.
After negotiating with the male, a 19-year-old from Stoke-on-Trent was arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.
A second person remained in the address, but following a lengthy negotiation, officers gained control of the property at around 11:30 pm.
A 15-year-old boy from Stoke-on-Trent was arrested on suspicion of obstructing a constable in the execution of their duty.
Chief Inspector Rob Hessell, Stoke South Neighbourhood Policing Team commander, said:
“I would like to thank the local community for their support and cooperation during this incident.
“Although we have very few firearms offences in Stoke-on-Trent, we must always take any reports seriously and I would like to commend the professionalism and patience of the armed officers and negotiators to bring this to an end peacefully.
“Our officers will also continue to respond to reports of Covid breaches to drive the infection rate down and help keep everyone safe.”
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