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Gun incident defused before armed police arrive

Monday, 11th February 2013.

A police armed response vehicle was mobilised on Thursday after a woman involved in an altercation with her ex-boyfriend in Haverhill saw his hand go to a gun in his pocket.

The man, who is 27 and from Haverhill, and the woman bumped into each other by chance at the Jet filling station in Manor Road around 8.15pm on Thursday.

Words were exchanged and she saw a black handgun in his pocket and called police.

The ARV was mobilised from Bury St Edmunds, but before it reached Haverhill the man had been detained by a police sergeant.

He was searched but no gun was found on him. Later a search was made of his mother's house which was near where he was detained, and a BB gun was removed.

The woman has told police that although she saw his hand on the handle of the gun he never drew it out or threatened her with it,so he wasw cautioned for carrying a weapon in a public place and the gun was destroyed.

Haverhill'spolice chief, Insp Peter Ferrie, said the incident showed the risks anyone ran who had a firearm of any kind in a public place.

"If the ARV had got here he would have been dealt with by armed police," he said. "As it was he surrendered meekly to unarmed police. But any offence of this kind is treated very seriously indeed."

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