Bournemouth: machete and gun incident in Bournemouth
ARMED police rushed into Bournemouth town center following reports of two people with a machete and a gun.
Police received reports that a man was threatened by two men in his late teens or early 20s in the Westover Road and Old Christchurch Road area shortly after 6 p.m. Thursday.
Three teenagers were arrested, but following further police investigations they were subsequently arrested.
A police spokesperson said they were not involved in the reported incident. No other arrests have been made and investigations are ongoing.
Just after 6 p.m. on Thursday 27 May Dorset Police received reports that a man had been threatened by two men in their late teens and early twenties in bustling Old Christchurch Road and Westover Road in the center of Bournemouth “, said the spokesperson. .
“It was reported that both individuals were armed with a machete and a gun.
“Officers, including firearms officers, attended the scene to search the area to protect the public and locate offenders.
“Three teenagers were arrested in Bournemouth Gardens in connection with the incident on the basis of a resemblance to the descriptions given by the suspects.
“Shortly thereafter, following further investigation and further information, they were de-arrested as it was established that they were not involved in the reported incident. No further arrests were made. been made and investigations are underway. ”
Images of police dealing with the incident are circulating on social media, raising concern among some members of the public.
In response, Chief Superintendent Mark Callaghan, commander of the local police force, said he was satisfied the officers had acted appropriately.
Superintendent Ch Callaghan said, “We are aware of a video of the arrests circulating on social media. Dorset Police take all reports of violent crime and threatening incidents involving knives, firearms and other weapons very seriously.
“We will and the public expects us to act on such incidents.
“We have a duty to protect the public, to prevent and detect crime.
“The public can expect a proportionate and robust response, including the presence of armed officers and canine units, to such reports.
“While I know it can seem overkill at times, we respond to incidents based on the threat posed, which is not always known to members of the public in close proximity.
“I have no doubts that our officers acted appropriately and in accordance with their training and handled the arrest in a calm and professional manner. Although few in number, in recent months we have witnessed incidents of knife-carrying and serious assaults in our communities, some of which involved teenage offenders.
“We will not tolerate such violence or the threat of violence on our streets.”