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Men arrested by armed police in Norwich city centre drama are released

PUBLISHED: 10:48 18 April 2018 | UPDATED: 16:44 18 April 2018

Armed police in Bethel Street. Pic: Luke Powell.

Armed police in Bethel Street. Pic: Luke Powell.

Luke Powell

Two men arrested after an incident involving armed police in Norwich city centre have been released under investigation whilst enquiries continue.

Armed police are at an incident at a property between St Giles Street and Bethel Street. Pic: Luke Powell.Armed police are at an incident at a property between St Giles Street and Bethel Street. Pic: Luke Powell.

The drama unfolded shortly after 5.10pm on Tuesday at Rigby Court, between Bethel Street and St Giles Street. Specialist officers were deployed following concerns about the behaviour of two men in possession of a firearm inside a property.

An air rifle was seized and two men were arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear or violence.

The men, aged in their 20s, have since been released under investigation whilst enquiries continue.

Witnesses described hearing the men being ordered out of a building on Rigby Court “with their hands up”.

A 39-year-old woman, who did not wish to be named, said people living in flats on Bethel Street were told to close their windows.

She said: “I just looked out of the window and thought ‘oh my god, guns’ because you don’t see that very often around Norwich.

“We heard them [police] giving demands for someone to come out with their hands up.

“The police saw us looking out and said to shut our windows and stand back.”

Another witness, who lives opposite the scene, said two men had been shooting cans in their garden with an air rifle.

Small crowds gathered around the police cordon at St Giles Street and Bethel Street, as armed officers waited at either side of the Rigby Court alleyway.

Shortly before 7pm officers emerged from a property carrying a box and placed it in the back of a police vehicle.

• Witnesses should call Norfolk Police on 101.

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