Student’s toy sword sparks manhunt

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Published: Thursday 19th February 2015 by The News Editor

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A student with a toy weapon sparked a manhunt involving armed officers and a police helicopter.

Firearms officers and police dogs were deployed to Mousehold Heath in Norwich after alarmed members of the public reported a man carrying a sword at 5.50pm last night.

But the teams were stood down after about an hour after the suspect’s mother rang Norfolk Police’s control room.

She told the force it was in fact her 18-year-old son filming for a college project and the weapon was identified as a fake machete.

Superintendent Stuart Gunn said: “Strong words of advice were given by police to the 18-year-old male with regards to the alarm that had been caused.

“We would kindly ask members of the public if they are planning any sort of activity or filming in a public place that may prompt concern amongst the public and, consequently, trigger any police activity, to call us in advance so that we can give suitable advice.

“If the police receive reports of what is believed to be a weapon, openly displayed in public places or used in an inappropriate manner then we need to react promptly to the information that we are given at the time.”

Published: Thursday 19th February 2015 by The News Editor

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