Man released after being arrested for possession of an imitation firearm in a public place in Erith

Man released after being arrested for possession of an imitation firearm in a public place

Man released after being arrested for possession of an imitation firearm in a public place

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A 27-year-old man has been released without charge after being arrested for possessing an imitation firearm in Erith yesterday (May 29).

Officers were called by the British Transport Police at around 12.15pm to South Road, Erith following a report by a member of the public of a man with a firearm.

Police, including firearms officers, attended.

The man was arrested for possession of an imitation firearm in a public place.

He was taken to a south London police station but later released without charge, with no further action taken.

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7:41pm Fri 30 May 14

bexleyman says...

Absolutely disgusting. Show's you just how tough our judicial system is. He wasn't carrying an imitation firearm for fun was he? No. He was carrying it to intimidate the public and show that he has no respect for the laws of this land. What does said law do? Tell him its fine - he can go about his business as he pleased. A disgrace. What happened to mandatory prison sentences for those carrying weapons, and I'm counting imitation firearms as weapons here, long overdue!
Absolutely disgusting. Show's you just how tough our judicial system is. He wasn't carrying an imitation firearm for fun was he? No. He was carrying it to intimidate the public and show that he has no respect for the laws of this land. What does said law do? Tell him its fine - he can go about his business as he pleased. A disgrace. What happened to mandatory prison sentences for those carrying weapons, and I'm counting imitation firearms as weapons here, long overdue! bexleyman
  • Score: -21

10:03am Sat 31 May 14

Zens_Saint says...

Wow Bexleyman talk about jumping the gun and making assumptions.

If you read the original story you will see I was there person who was allegedly carrying a 'imitation firearm'.

It was actually a Airsoft Gun (air rifle) and I was not brandishing it I was loading it into my car and someone saw it and reported me to the police.

The police responded as you would expect because the information they got was it was real, however, I was still arrested and kept in custody for 7 hours then released without even being interviewed.

The officer said to me before I went it was a misunderstanding, a misunderstanding which left me in a cell for 7 hours!!

I'm not stupid enough to 'brandish a firearm' yet have every right to own a Airsoft/Air rifle gun without fear of being targeted by armed police.

Story's like this just make people overreact and lead to scary mongering, I gave the paper all the facts yet they asked to quote me with my name and address but we're unwilling to allow me to see what the article said before uploading.

As you can imagine I said no as I don't want my name connected to something without being sure they have reported it correctly.
Wow Bexleyman talk about jumping the gun and making assumptions. If you read the original story you will see I was there person who was allegedly carrying a 'imitation firearm'. It was actually a Airsoft Gun (air rifle) and I was not brandishing it I was loading it into my car and someone saw it and reported me to the police. The police responded as you would expect because the information they got was it was real, however, I was still arrested and kept in custody for 7 hours then released without even being interviewed. The officer said to me before I went it was a misunderstanding, a misunderstanding which left me in a cell for 7 hours!! I'm not stupid enough to 'brandish a firearm' yet have every right to own a Airsoft/Air rifle gun without fear of being targeted by armed police. Story's like this just make people overreact and lead to scary mongering, I gave the paper all the facts yet they asked to quote me with my name and address but we're unwilling to allow me to see what the article said before uploading. As you can imagine I said no as I don't want my name connected to something without being sure they have reported it correctly. Zens_Saint
  • Score: 16

11:08am Sat 31 May 14

Schofi-d says...

Zens_Saint wrote:
Wow Bexleyman talk about jumping the gun and making assumptions.

If you read the original story you will see I was there person who was allegedly carrying a 'imitation firearm'.

It was actually a Airsoft Gun (air rifle) and I was not brandishing it I was loading it into my car and someone saw it and reported me to the police.

The police responded as you would expect because the information they got was it was real, however, I was still arrested and kept in custody for 7 hours then released without even being interviewed.

The officer said to me before I went it was a misunderstanding, a misunderstanding which left me in a cell for 7 hours!!

I'm not stupid enough to 'brandish a firearm' yet have every right to own a Airsoft/Air rifle gun without fear of being targeted by armed police.

Story's like this just make people overreact and lead to scary mongering, I gave the paper all the facts yet they asked to quote me with my name and address but we're unwilling to allow me to see what the article said before uploading.

As you can imagine I said no as I don't want my name connected to something without being sure they have reported it correctly.
Wernt the police willing to let you wall home with it through the broadway too on a Thursday night at 9pm?........

Bexley man, where does it say he was imitating a firearm or intimidating the public? It says he was arrested for possession of an imitation firearm, not that it was brandished or used as a threat in public, talk about over dramatic
[quote][p][bold]Zens_Saint[/bold] wrote: Wow Bexleyman talk about jumping the gun and making assumptions. If you read the original story you will see I was there person who was allegedly carrying a 'imitation firearm'. It was actually a Airsoft Gun (air rifle) and I was not brandishing it I was loading it into my car and someone saw it and reported me to the police. The police responded as you would expect because the information they got was it was real, however, I was still arrested and kept in custody for 7 hours then released without even being interviewed. The officer said to me before I went it was a misunderstanding, a misunderstanding which left me in a cell for 7 hours!! I'm not stupid enough to 'brandish a firearm' yet have every right to own a Airsoft/Air rifle gun without fear of being targeted by armed police. Story's like this just make people overreact and lead to scary mongering, I gave the paper all the facts yet they asked to quote me with my name and address but we're unwilling to allow me to see what the article said before uploading. As you can imagine I said no as I don't want my name connected to something without being sure they have reported it correctly.[/p][/quote]Wernt the police willing to let you wall home with it through the broadway too on a Thursday night at 9pm?........ Bexley man, where does it say he was imitating a firearm or intimidating the public? It says he was arrested for possession of an imitation firearm, not that it was brandished or used as a threat in public, talk about over dramatic Schofi-d
  • Score: 9

12:34pm Sat 31 May 14

oBLiVioN 70 says...

bexleyman wrote:
Absolutely disgusting. Show's you just how tough our judicial system is. He wasn't carrying an imitation firearm for fun was he? No. He was carrying it to intimidate the public and show that he has no respect for the laws of this land. What does said law do? Tell him its fine - he can go about his business as he pleased. A disgrace. What happened to mandatory prison sentences for those carrying weapons, and I'm counting imitation firearms as weapons here, long overdue!
I seem to remember some kids playing with toy guns won at the fair in danson park getting an armed response not too long ago.

Sometimes common sense just doesn't enter in to it. However, British Transport Police? Where was the reloading taking place exactly?
[quote][p][bold]bexleyman[/bold] wrote: Absolutely disgusting. Show's you just how tough our judicial system is. He wasn't carrying an imitation firearm for fun was he? No. He was carrying it to intimidate the public and show that he has no respect for the laws of this land. What does said law do? Tell him its fine - he can go about his business as he pleased. A disgrace. What happened to mandatory prison sentences for those carrying weapons, and I'm counting imitation firearms as weapons here, long overdue![/p][/quote]I seem to remember some kids playing with toy guns won at the fair in danson park getting an armed response not too long ago. Sometimes common sense just doesn't enter in to it. However, British Transport Police? Where was the reloading taking place exactly? oBLiVioN 70
  • Score: 12

12:53pm Sat 31 May 14

oBLiVioN 70 says...

oBLiVioN 70 wrote:
bexleyman wrote:
Absolutely disgusting. Show's you just how tough our judicial system is. He wasn't carrying an imitation firearm for fun was he? No. He was carrying it to intimidate the public and show that he has no respect for the laws of this land. What does said law do? Tell him its fine - he can go about his business as he pleased. A disgrace. What happened to mandatory prison sentences for those carrying weapons, and I'm counting imitation firearms as weapons here, long overdue!
I seem to remember some kids playing with toy guns won at the fair in danson park getting an armed response not too long ago.

Sometimes common sense just doesn't enter in to it. However, British Transport Police? Where was the reloading taking place exactly?
My bad regards saying reloading, clearly didn't read everything properly, but still wondering why the BTP were involved.

As I said, common sense just doesn't come in to things anymore.
[quote][p][bold]oBLiVioN 70[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bexleyman[/bold] wrote: Absolutely disgusting. Show's you just how tough our judicial system is. He wasn't carrying an imitation firearm for fun was he? No. He was carrying it to intimidate the public and show that he has no respect for the laws of this land. What does said law do? Tell him its fine - he can go about his business as he pleased. A disgrace. What happened to mandatory prison sentences for those carrying weapons, and I'm counting imitation firearms as weapons here, long overdue![/p][/quote]I seem to remember some kids playing with toy guns won at the fair in danson park getting an armed response not too long ago. Sometimes common sense just doesn't enter in to it. However, British Transport Police? Where was the reloading taking place exactly?[/p][/quote]My bad regards saying reloading, clearly didn't read everything properly, but still wondering why the BTP were involved. As I said, common sense just doesn't come in to things anymore. oBLiVioN 70
  • Score: 12

9:20pm Sat 31 May 14

Zens_Saint says...

The guy who reported it waited until he got to erith train station and told the gaurd on duty.
The guy who reported it waited until he got to erith train station and told the gaurd on duty. Zens_Saint
  • Score: 13

10:17pm Sat 31 May 14

oBLiVioN 70 says...

Zens_Saint wrote:
The guy who reported it waited until he got to erith train station and told the gaurd on duty.
For real? Has to be , you couldn't make it up...
[quote][p][bold]Zens_Saint[/bold] wrote: The guy who reported it waited until he got to erith train station and told the gaurd on duty.[/p][/quote]For real? Has to be , you couldn't make it up... oBLiVioN 70
  • Score: 8

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