Armed police swoop on teenagers playing with toy crossbow

A member of the public spotted the youths with the 'weapon' in Midlothian on Monday.

Weapon: Police believed the teenagers had a real crossbow. <strong>Pixabay</strong>
Weapon: Police believed the teenagers had a real crossbow. Pixabay

Armed police swooped in on a group of youths wielding a “crossbow” – only to discover it was a toy.

The teenagers were spotted with the “weapon” in Dalkeith, Midlothian, on Monday afternoon.

Officers eventually tracked the group down in Bonnyrigg and concluded it was a false alarm.

Inspector Helen Miller said: “Officers were called around 3.35pm on Monday, April 15, to reports of a group of teenagers with a crossbow in the Dalkeith area.

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“Given the nature of the weapon described, armed officers attended the call and managed to locate the group in the Bonnyrigg area.

“Thankfully the weapon was a toy, and no further action was required.

“The call received from the member of the public was of genuine concern and as such, we have to provide a robust response to ensure the safety of the public is never compromised.”


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