Report of armed man with 'rifle' in Cassiobury Park was false alarm

Reports of an armed man roaming through Cassiobury Park this afternoon turned out to be a false alarm, because the "rifle" has was carrying was just a toy.

At least three police cars and a helicopter were called to the central Watford park shortly before 12.30pm.

Officers raced to the scene after a member of the public reported seeing a man armed with a rifle, and police cars were left parked at the Rickmansworth Road entrance.

A police helicopter circled overhead, trying to spot the man, however, claims that he was carrying a gun turned out to be slightly wide of the mark.

Sarah Spence, a police spokesman said: "We got a call at 12.25pm from a member of the public who saw a man possibly walking about with what they believed to be a rifle.

"We attended and made numerous inquiries and we are now quite confident it was a toy."

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10:38pm Wed 2 Jan 13

theturpster says...

Glad all was well in the end, can't be too careful when firearms are involved. I bet the chaps a wee bit embarrassed though ha ha!
Glad all was well in the end, can't be too careful when firearms are involved. I bet the chaps a wee bit embarrassed though ha ha! theturpster
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7:43am Thu 3 Jan 13

Nightreader says...

What kind of grown man goes for a stroll carrying a toy gun anyway?
What kind of grown man goes for a stroll carrying a toy gun anyway? Nightreader
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8:06am Thu 3 Jan 13

garston tony says...

Nightreader wrote:
What kind of grown man goes for a stroll carrying a toy gun anyway?
The article says he was carrying a toy, not a toy gun so it could have been something totally different.

But who knows even if a toy gun he may have been there with his kids who had taken it along and as is so often the case lost interest and he got lumbered with carrying it.
[quote][p][bold]Nightreader[/bold] wrote: What kind of grown man goes for a stroll carrying a toy gun anyway?[/p][/quote]The article says he was carrying a toy, not a toy gun so it could have been something totally different. But who knows even if a toy gun he may have been there with his kids who had taken it along and as is so often the case lost interest and he got lumbered with carrying it. garston tony
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