Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Teenage 'Sniper' Cautioned

Thanet Extra reports that armed police were called after a man reported being shot at by a sniper from a house in Margate on Monday night.

The passer-by said he was fired at from a home in Millmead Road as he walked through the Millmead housing estate at about 7.30pm.

Officers in flak jackets assessed the seriousness of the situation and made what a spokesman described as "an armed inquiry" before arresting an 18-year-old man at a house.

He was cautioned for possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. A paintball firing air weapon was seized at the scene. No-one was injured in the incident.

A police spokesman said: "Some of the ball-bearing and paintball guns are extremely realistic in appearance.

"When armed officers are called to investigate a firearms incident their first duty is public safety and they will react according to what they see.

"There is always potential risk for someone using a lifelike weapon in a threatening manner to be at risk of being shot or even killed."


Anonymous said...

Too damned right! The police in this country have shot unarmed naked men in their beds; a drunk with a coffee table leg in a carrier bag and a Brazilian catching his train in the Tube.
You don't need 'a lifelike weapon or even 'a threatening manner'if you value your life and want to avoid being shot or even killed by our police. A few convictions of manslaughter might curtail a trigger happy constabulary.

Anonymous said...

anon again!

I trust the above statement is your opinion only!

Enough Police Men and Women have also been gunned down by the LUNATICS that need a weapon to hide behind.... these are the freaks that are too dangerous to be walking our streets.... I wonder how many real brutal gun & Knife murderers were ASBO material... a lot I expect.
Thank this system that now names the youngest of misdoers.

Anonymous said...

I hope the IPCC takes the same view when it is justified. I have no complaint about police officers opening fire when necessary. However when it is not necessary then they should be held to account. I am concerned that too often the police are not.