Police warn of the danger of imitation guns

PUBLISHED: 13:20 14 August 2008 | UPDATED: 16:29 05 May 2010

POLICE have issued a warning about the dangers of carrying imitation guns in public following a serious incident involving a 14-year-old youth. The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was arrested and recently sentenced to four months in a yo

POLICE have issued a warning about the dangers of carrying imitation guns in public following a serious incident involving a 14-year-old youth.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was arrested and recently sentenced to four months in a youth detention centre after pleading guilty at Bedford Magistrates' Court to a number of charges following the incident at a supermarket in Biggleswade.

The youth went into the Somerfield store in the Market Place with a loaded BB gun and fired it at a female member of staff hitting her twice, say police.

The woman was uninjured and the youth was arrested at his home in the town the following day. Nothing was stolen from the store but the woman was said to have been shocked by her ordeal.

Armed police were also called following the incident and searched for the youth.

Now an officer is warning of the dangers of carrying BB guns or any imitation gun on the streets.

"Armed officers will also respond to these incidents on every occasion because we do not know whether these guns are real or not," said Biggleswade beat officer Pc Ian Wilson.

"What we don't want is a tragedy on the streets of anyone being shot carrying an imitation weapon so the best place to keep them is at home or not buy them at all.

"They look just like real weapons and it is difficult to make any positive identification from a distance and armed officers always have the safety of the public and themselves as a priority.

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