Man arrested in connection with Hitchin firearm incident

PUBLISHED: 09:43 23 July 2019 | UPDATED: 12:28 23 July 2019

Armed police responding to the incident in Hitchin earlier this afternoon. Picture: Deb Moore

Armed police responding to the incident in Hitchin earlier this afternoon. Picture: Deb Moore


A 36-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a gun being fired in Hitchin yesterday afternoon.

Detectives are continuing their enquiries following the incident which happened in Desborough Road at 3.20pm yesterday.

Armed officers were sent to the scene and the police helicopter also carried out a search.

A Hitchin man was subsequently arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and remains in police custody at this time.

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Detective Inspector Jason Thorne, from the North Herts Local Crime Unit, said: "I would like to reassure local residents that incidents of this nature are extremely rare.

"At this time, no one is reported to have been injured and our enquiries are continuing to trace those involved and establish the circumstances around what happened."

If you have any information you believe could be useful to the investigation, please contact Herts police on 101 or online at - referencing ISR 451 of July 22.

You can also report information anonymously to Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111 or via the independent charity's anonymous online form at

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