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Gun scare student rues police drama

The scene on Rydal Avenue, Thornton, where five people were arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm.

The scene on Rydal Avenue, Thornton, where five people were arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm.

A student who was at the centre of an armed police call-out says he will think twice before playing with a pistol again.

Police gunmen were called to Thornton’s Rydal Avenue last Tuesday when neighbours heard gunshots around 9.30pm.

The street was sealed off by officers and nobody was allowed in or out of the street until the blank-firing pistol was recovered.

Neighbours on the street told The Gazette how they locked their doors in fear when they heard the gunshots from their homes.

Michael Green, 20, was arrested on suspicion of being in possession of a firearm along with four others after firing the gun with a friend in his back garden on Rydal Avenue.

The Manchester Metropolitan University chemistry student was detained at Blackpool Police Station until 3pm the next day, when he was released without charge along with the others.

He said: “It was just a toy gun. He’s had the gun for a couple of years.

“What he (his friend) was doing wasn’t illegal, but somebody thought it was real and phoned the police.

“I didn’t expect them to come here.

“I explained to the police what happened, but they detained me and went to my friend’s house to arrest him and three others.

“I suppose we should be more cautious because it did sound like a real gun.”

 

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