Armed police handcuff schoolboy seen playing with toy gun

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Armed police swooped on the youngster on a street in Droitwich, Worcestershire. (SWNS)
Armed police swooped on the youngster on a street in Droitwich, Worcestershire. (SWNS)

This is the moment two armed police officers handcuffed a schoolboy when he was seen playing with a toy gun.

A dramatic image showed the boy on the ground on a street in Droitwich, Worcestershire.

The officers had bundled him to the floor while he was walking home from a friend’s house at 6pm on Thursday.

But the operation proved to be a false alarm when it emerged the teen, who was wearing army-style combats, was actually carrying a red plastic toy rifle.

Police said they returned the boy home and gave him “appropriate advice”.

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Police confirmed the boy was carrying a toy gun. (Getty)
Police confirmed the boy was carrying a toy gun. (Getty)

Eyewitness James Hall, 34, from Worcester, said: "It just happened out of nowhere to be honest with you.

"I was in a car travelling behind the police. The police stopped, jumped out, and obviously pointed their weapons at the individual in question.

"He seemed a bit confused as to what was going on and then sort of laid down on the ground.”

Hall said it was hard to tell how old the boy was because he wore a balaclava and sunglasses.

He added: “I think the lad must have had a scare but you can’t blame people for being worried if they see someone in camo gear waving a gun around.”

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Following the incident, West Mercia Police tweeted: "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.

"Just before 6pm police were called following sightings of a man dressed in combat gear, wearing a balaclava and carrying gun in the the above roads.

"Armed police attended and apprehended the person who, it turned out, was a youngster dressed up and carrying a toy gun.

"Police returned the youngster home where appropriate advice was given."

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