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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

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Armed police arrest four for suspected firearms offences

Four men arrested last night on suspicion of firearms offences were still in police custody this morning.

The force says they are helping with their enquiries after armed officers were deployed following reports of gunshots in Whitehaven.

Police, including armed response and a dog handler, were alerted after receiving a report at about 9pm that shots had been heard and a number of people were acting suspiciously in a Volvo car in the Harras Moor area.

The car was stopped at Mirehouse Road and the four - aged 26, 22, 22, 20 and all from the local area - were arrested.

A force statement last night said an investigation "is currently in progress" to establish what happened and whether any weapons were involved.

"Police are also looking into information received that fireworks may have actually been responsible for the loud bangs that were heard," it added.

No threats were made and there was no danger to the public, it said.

Officers have urged anyone in the Whitehaven area who has any information about the incident or who may have seen or heard anything suspicious, to call them on 101.

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