Incident in Fenham Hall Drive - UPDATE
14 Feb 2017 15:33 PM[View Full Size]
Further to the earlier incident in Fenham Hall Drive police have now established what the caller believed to be a firearm was in fact a folded walking stick.
Officers received the report of concern at just after 12pm this afternoon. Extensive enquiries were carried out and a short time later it was established nothing untoward had been identified in the surround area.
Enquiries have continued and officers are now satisfied that what the caller saw was a woman carrying a folded walking stick.
Central Area Command Chief Inspector John Heckels said: "The caller did absolutely the right thing, they were concerned about what they had seen and believed it to be a firearm and reported it to police. Thankfully this has turned out not the be the case and it was in fact a walking stick.
"We know this incident has caused some concern to the local community and I'd like to thank them for their co-operation while we carried out our enquiries into this incident and hope they feel reassured this was a call made in good faith."
Earlier today police received a report of concern after it a woman was seen with what the caller believed to be a firearm in Fenham Hall Drive.
Officers have carried out an extensive search and nothing untoward has been identified in surrounding area.
During the incident teachers at the Sacred Heart Catholic High School were advised to keep pupils inside while police carried out a search of the area. This was as a precaution and not as a result of any specific threat. Other schools in the area took the decision themelves to keep pupils inside.
Neighbourhood officers are in the area to offer reassurance to local schools.