Firearms officers descend on Whittingham after reported gunshot

Firearms officers descended on a Northumberland village after reports of a gunshot.

Thursday, 28th July 2022, 5:14 pm
Updated Thursday, 28th July 2022, 5:14 pm

Northumbria Police’s armed response unit was called to Whittingham, near Alnwick, on Thursday afternoon.

However, the team established that the noise was caused by pest control being carried out.

A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: “Shortly after 1.30pm, police were contacted by a concerned member of the public who thought they had heard a gunshot near to the Green Roads area of Whittingham Village, Northumberland.

Northumbria Police armed officers on patrol. File image.

“As a precaution, officers from the Force's Firearms Support Unit (FSU) were deployed. However, they were satisfied the noises were coming from a private premises which was carrying out pest control.

“We would like to thank those who contacted police and made the report in good faith.”