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Armed police called to reports of man wielding crossbow

PUBLISHED: 18:02 11 July 2018 | UPDATED: 11:00 12 July 2018

Police at scene of incident involving crossbow in Attleborough. Photo Sophie Long.

Police at scene of incident involving crossbow in Attleborough. Photo Sophie Long.

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A man has been arrested after reports of a person wielding a crossbow at an Attleborough home.

Hargham Road in Attleborough, where armed police arrested a man who was seen with a crossbow. PHOTO: Sophie Smith Hargham Road in Attleborough, where armed police arrested a man who was seen with a crossbow. PHOTO: Sophie Smith

A man has been arrested after a road was closed in a Norfolk 
town amid reports of a person with a crossbow.

People living in Attleborough were shocked to see armed police officers close off Hargham Road and tell them not to leave their houses on Wednesday morning.

Police, who arrived at the scene at 11.30am, said a man had been seen armed with a crossbow inside a property before refusing to leave.

Specialist units, including armed officers, attended and a man, aged in his 20s, was arrested on suspicion of public order offences and was taken for questioning at police headquarters in Wymondham.

Hargham Road in Attleborough, where armed police arrested a man who was seen with a crossbow. PHOTO: Sophie Smith Hargham Road in Attleborough, where armed police arrested a man who was seen with a crossbow. PHOTO: Sophie Smith

The incident took place at the top of Hargham Road, near the junction with the Sainsbury’s on the High Street.

Harry Helm, an 18-year-old who lives on Hargham Road, said: “I just woke up to shouting and there were armed police and the guy kept shouting at them.

“I wasn’t allowed to leave the house.

“There were two armed police officers behind the car, and he was by the house door shouting and I think they called for more police and blocked the road, and then it went on for about two hours.

“They had a negotiator or someone who was quite far back, and he came out to talk and then they tackled him to the ground.

“There were about four police officers there walking him to the van they put him in.

“This was between 1.30pm and 1.45pm.

“They were talking for ages, he’d go in, slam the door, then come back out shouting and go back in.

“It’s not a normal thing to wake up to, you don’t expect it, especially in a little country town.”

Richard Warnes, who also lives on Hargham Road, also saw the commotion.

The 46-year-old said: “The police came round about 11.30am with a dog unit and told everyone to stay indoors.

“I was sitting watching telly and I thought, that’s unusual for the police to be about.

“Next thing I know there’s loads of police and the road was closed.

“It’s very unusual around here.”

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