Man charged with possessing imitation firearm after Spalding incident
A 21-year-old Spalding man has been charged with two counts of Possessing an Imitation Firearm in a Public Place after an incident in Spalding yesterday (Monday).
A road was closed and a major police operation launched after reports of a man with a firearm in his pocket in Spalding town centre at at 9.32am.
Kacper Malkiewicz, of Cross Street, has been bailed to appear at Boston Magistates' Court on June 19.
Spalding Inspector Gareth Boxall said: "We received a report of a man who had what looked like a gun in his back pocket, in Spalding town centre.As a result of this report, Lincolnshire Police firearms officers contained and searched a premises on Winsover Road.
"In order to ensure that we could carry this out safely, we closed that part of Winsover Road to vehicles and pedestrians. We arrested four men from the location and recovered an imitation firearm. As a result, we charged a 21-year-old man with two counts of Possessing an Imitation Firearm in a public place. The three men arrested have been released without charge.
"Whilst I appreciate that this must have been worrying for residents of Spalding, I ask that people keep in mind that the weapon located was an imitation firearm.
"We had no way of knowing at the time of the report whether this was a real firearm which is why we took the matter so seriously, deployed specialist officers to the scene and closed the area.
"I am sorry for the inconvenience that this may have caused, but when we deal with these types of incident, our number one priority is keeping everyone safe. I hope that residents are reassured that we take these matters so seriously and the good news is that we have taken another weapon off the streets which looked like a viable firearm and have charged a man for its possession."
PREVIOUSLY: Police in Spalding have arrested three more men in connection with a firearms incident in the town this morning (Monday).
The men are aged 24, 28 and 31. A 21-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm earlier today and remains in police custody.
PREVIOUSLY: Police have arrested a man in Spalding on suspicion of possession of a firearm.
Winsover Road, which had been closed between the St Thomas' Road and Swan Street junctions, has now reopened.
A police spokesman said: "Thank you to all those concerned for your support, assistance and patience."
PREVIOUSLY: There is a high police presence in Spalding at the moment and a road has been closed after a report of a man with a gun in his pocket.
The report came to officers at 9.32am and it is not yet known what type of weapon this is, or if it is a replica. There are no reports of threats having been made or injuries suffered.
As part of this operation, police have closed Winsover Road between the St Thomas' Road and Swan Street junctions to both vehicles and pedestrians and are urging people to avoid the area.
If anyone has any information that could assist police in their investigation, please call 101, or 999 if it’s an emergency, with incident reference number 107 of May 13.
A police spokesman said: "We appreciate the support of the people of Spalding as we work to apprehend this suspect and ensure everyone’s safety."