Five men have now been arrested following investigations into a report that a group of men had been seen with a single firearm.

They were reported to be in the area of Meadow Road, Whitehaven yesterday (March 29).

Three of the five men were arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm yesterday afternoon following the report at 2.50pm.

The further two men were arrested late last night – one on suspicion of possession of a firearm and another on suspicion of assisting an offender.

They remain in custody today.

Investigations continue and officers are appealing for anyone with information – or who saw anything suspicious – to contact them.

A number of properties have been searched by officers during the enquiry.

Residents may see an increased police presence in the area as investigations continue.

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 – referring to incident 138 of March 29.