Armed police called after gunman makes threats in Rotherham town centre

Armed police were called out to Rotherham town centre amid alarming reports that a gunman was making threats.

Thursday, 11th July 2019, 12:05 pm
Updated Thursday, 11th July 2019, 5:14 pm

Officers rushed to deal with reports of a disturbance between two men in Ship Hill yesterday at about 7.15pm.

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A man was arrested at the scene.

Ship Hill, Rotherham.

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In a statement, South Yorkshire Police said they responded to “reports that a man was racially abusing another man and threatening him with a hammer.

“On attending the scene, the suspect threatened police with what was believed to be a firearm.

“A 29-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence and possession of a firearm with intent to cause harm. He remains in police custody.

“No one was injured in the incident. The firearm was later found to be an air pistol.”