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Armed police swoop on Chester park after dog walkers reportedly threatened with imitation firearm

Local man aged 38 arrested on New Year's Day but released pending further enquiries

Armed police responded after dog walkers were allegedly threatened by a man with an imitation firearm on New Year’s Day.

Cheshire Constabulary say the incident was reported to have taken place at Newton Park, Newton , near the Kingswood retirement village, about 11.30am on Monday, January 1.

The imitation firearm, which is believed to have been aimed from a garden backing onto the park, was reported to have made a sound when it was discharged.

A local man has been arrested.

Cheshire Police spokeswoman Rachel Hayes said: “At around 11.30am on 1 January 2018 police were informed that a man had threatened dog walkers with what was believed to be an imitation firearm.

“Police attended and arrested a 38-year-old man from Chester on suspicion of possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. He has since been released under investigation pending further enquiries.”

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