Armed police attend reports of ‘gunman’

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Armed police officers and the police helicopter were deployed after reports of a ‘gunman’ in Castleford town centre.

Police received a call at around 8pm on Sunday of a man wandering through the town with a firearm.

Sgt Mike Astill, of Castleford neighbourhood policing team, said: “We had an unconfirmed report of a male in Castleford with a firearm and with the nature of these things we had armed officers and the helicopter in the town.

“The man was located but he was not in possession of a firearm and had not committed any offences.”