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Armed police rushed to the scene of a suspected 'balaclava-clad gunman' on a residential street only to find a young lad holding a toy rifle.
Panicked neighbours in Primsland Way and Addyes Way area of Droitwich Spa in Worcestershire had phoned the cops after fearing that the youngster was holding an offensive weapon.
One phone call to emergency services just before 6pm on Thursday (June 23) claimed to have seen a 'man in combat gear' wielding a gun — but when officers turned up they found a boy dressed up with his toy in hand.
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After establishing his identity, police took the boy to his parent's house where "appropriate advice was given" and no charges were issued.
Reassuring local residents on social media, a spokesperson from West Mercia Police said: "NO CAUSE FOR CONCERN – we want to reassure all residents living in the Primsland Way and Addyes Way area of Droitwich who may have seen armed police in the area that there is nothing to worry about."
Last month a furious mother hit out at her son's school after they excluded him for taking a “toy gun” into McDonald's before class.
12-year-old Mitchell was kicked out of Christ Church in Yardley Wood, Birmingham, after he took a black and yellow toy weapon to the fast-food chain.
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Mum Pauline Pollard claims her son gave the toy to a friend who later "shot a couple of pellets at two pupils", adding that the school's punishment is “over the top”.
The self-employed cleaner claimed her son was the victim of "unfair treatment" and likened the Church of England academy to an "army camp", according to BirminghamLive.
While ownership of most toy guns is legal in the UK, carrying them in public can be classed as possession of an imitation firearm depending on the circumstances and appearance of the item.
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