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.

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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