Lowestoft man Ben De Vilder charged after imitation gun is allegedly used

Norwich Magistrates' Court

Norwich Magistrates' Court

A man is to appear at crown court charged with possessing an imitation firearm in Lowestoft.

Ben De Vilder is charged with possession of an imitation firearm, namely a dark coloured handgun, with intent.

He was charged after police, supported by armed officers from the Norfolk and Suffolk firearms training and operations unit, launched a manhunt in Lowestoft.

Police were contacted by a member of the public just before 12.30am on Wednesday, June 14, who reported someone had just pointed a gun at them.

A force spokesman said officers arrested 23-year-old De Vilder at around 2am on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.


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De Vilder, of Tonning Street, appeared at Norwich Magistrates' Court on Thursday.

Magistrates remanded De Vilder in custody until July 13 when he will appear at Ipswich Crown Court.

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