Officers stop search for man in black spotted with gun on outskirts of Hitchin

Officers have halted their search after being unable to find a man matching the description.

Officers have halted their search after being unable to find a man matching the description. - Credit: Archant

Officers have been unable to locate the man reported to have had a gun this morning on the outskirts of Hitchin and have stopped their search.

The man was reported by an eyewitness to have been dressed all in black carrying a firearm the ‘length of his arm’, and was spotted on a bridleway between Bedford Road in the town and Pirton at around 9.15am.

A police spokesman confirmed they have stopped the search after being unable to trace the man, adding: “We will continue to have officers in the area on a ‘casual’ basis, and would ask anyone if they see something to contact us.”

If you see anything suspicious call police on 101.