Men using bangers on Broads hire boat prompt ‘gunfire’ 999 call

Police Officers. Picture: James Bass.

Police Officers. Picture: James Bass. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2011

Police were today called to reports of gunfire coming from a hire boat on the Broads.

However, officers quickly established that the loud noises were from bangers - and gave 'some suitable advice' to the group of men on the vessel moored at Upton Dyke.

Police attended after a call at around 3.30pm, and the sounds were traced to the hire boat.

'A member of the public had heard the noise and believed they were using weapons on board,' a Norfolk police spokesman said. 'We managed to locate the boat which had five men on board.

'There were no firearms or weapons, but our officers found they were using bangers, which are legal.

'We gave them some suitable advice and sent them on their way.'

No firearms officers were sent out as police quickly established the men on board were not firing weapons.

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