Two people arrested in Chippenham on suspicion of possession of a firearm

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Two people were arrested in Chippenham last night on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. 

We received a call from a member of the public shortly before 7pm on Wednesday 17 April reporting that a man had been seen pointing what was believed to be a gun from a vehicle near Chamberlain Road. 

A brief description of the vehicle was given to our control room staff and officers were able to locate it a short time later and bring it to a stop in the Frogwell Road area. 

A search of the vehicle – a Volkswagen Golf – was conducted and an imitation firearm was located. 

Two local males, aged 17 and 18, were arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. They were taken to custody in Melksham for further questioning and have since been released under investigation while enquiries continue. 

Inspector Mark Luffman said: “Firstly, I’d like to thank the vigilant member of the public who alerted us to this incident initially. They were able to provide a brief description of the vehicle, which, with further enquiries carried out by staff in our control room, officers on the ground were able to locate the vehicle a short time later. 

“We’ve arrested two people, who have since been released under investigation while further enquiries are carried out into the weapon which was seized.”

Anyone who witnessed a grey Volskwagen Golf in the Queens Crescent area at around 7pm yesterday evening, should call 101 and quote crime reference number 54190036934.

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Katie Bond (Police, Media Officer, Wiltshire)

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