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Armed police swoop on quiet Leyland street after people seen carrying gun and weapons

LancsLive logo LancsLive 28/09/2022 Jon Macpherson

Armed police swooped on a quiet residential street after reports of a people seen carrying weapons including a gun.

Lancashire Constabulary also mobilised a police helicopter and dogs unit to carry out a 'comprehensive search' for the group seen in Haig Avenue, Leyland. The incident was first reported shortly after 3pm on Monday (September 26) but the armed group were not found.

A 37-year-old woman from Leyland was arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm with intent. She remains in custody for questioning.

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Detectives say it is being treated as an 'isolated incident between parties known to each other'. There is not thought to be a wider threat to the public.

A force spokesperson said: "You maybe aware of police activity in Leyland [on Monday afternoon] and we just wanted to tell you what happened and what we are doing about it. We were called at 3.06pm to a report of people being seen in Haig Avenue carrying weapons.

"Although work is ongoing to establish exactly what these weapons were, it was reported that one was a firearm. Armed officers, the police helicopter and police dogs attended the area and carried out a comprehensive search.

"Following a number of enquiries, a 37-year-old woman from Leyland has been arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm with intent. She remains in custody at this time. This is being treated as an isolated incident between parties known to each other.

"There is not thought to be a wider threat to the public. We have since spoken to who we believe were the intended targets to ensure they are safe."

DI Sean Cloherty, of South CID, said: "We take all reports of this nature extremely seriously and we have a dedicated team of officers assigned to this case. Incidents of this nature are very rare in South Ribble and I want to stress that this is being treated as an isolated incident between parties who we believe are known to each other.

"You may see an increased police presence in the area while we investigate this incident. Please do speak to our officers if you have any information which could assist our enquiries."

Anyone with information is asked to email 2563@lancashire.police.uk or call 101, quoting log 752 of September 26, 2022.

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