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Update: Armed police officers stood down after fears about ‘man with a firearm’

17:16 27 June 2014

Police vehicles close to City Hall, Norwich. Photo: Steve Adams

Police vehicles close to City Hall, Norwich. Photo: Steve Adams

Armed police have been stood down after being called to “a number of locations” in Norwich city centre after reports of a man with a firearm.

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Police vehicles close to City Hall, Norwich. Photo: Steve AdamsPolice vehicles close to City Hall, Norwich. Photo: Steve Adams

Officers were called at about 1.30pm following reports of a man acting suspiciously, believed to be in possession of a weapon, in the Colegate area.

Police, including armed units and the National Police Air Service helicopter, were deployed to a number of locations in the city including an area near City Hall.

One eye witness, who did not want to be named, said he saw an armed police unit drive down Bethel Street towards City Hall before 2pm. Another police car was parked outside Pizza Hut on Red Lion Street.

Police officers were stationed around City Hall, although no cordon was put in place and the building remained open to the public.

Staff working inside City Hall, and at the nearby Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form, appeared to be unaware of the police activity.

Police cars drove away from City Hall just before 4pm.

A police spokesman said that following enquiries a man in his 20s was located and police are satisfied no further action was required. No arrests have been made.

A police spokesman said: “Public safety is paramount and throughout the incident there were no indications of a wider risk to the community.”

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