Boy, 13, allegedly pointed imitation gun at public and police - The Rugby Observer

Boy, 13, allegedly pointed imitation gun at public and police

Rugby Editorial 18th Jan, 2023   0

A BOY, aged 13, who reportedly pointed what appeared to be a gun at members of the public has been arrested.

Plain-clothed officers arrested the boy in Ashlawn Road at around 4.35pm yesterday (Tuesday January 18) after they reported seeing him point what appeared to be a firearm at their unmarked car.

The officers confronted the boy and seized what later turned out to be an imitation firearm.

The boy, from Rugby, was arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm.

Insp Sally Bunyard-Spiers from Rugby Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “This was a concerning incident that caused alarm to people in the area. The seized weapon later turned out to be an imitation firearm, but the officers and members of the public were not to know this.

“The local community should be reassured that plain-clothed officers were on patrol in the area at the time and were able to deal promptly with the incident.

“The alleged behaviour is extremely concerning in a 13-year-old boy; as well as exploring criminal options we will ensure measures are in place to help the boy and his family address the behaviour.

“I would like to thank the local community for their vigilance and support while we dealt with this incident, and all the support they gave in preventing harm to others.”

Police enquires are ongoing. Anyone with any information is asked to report it via or by calling 101, quoting incident 256 of January 17. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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