#AceNewsReport – Nov.07: Several drivers contacted us to say the group were stopping traffic and pointing a handgun at them, with one saying he was told “stop, give me your van” ……………We also had a report of stones being thrown at vehicles before the boys then went into a shop at Reedswood Retail Park, Walsall, and threatened staff..
#AceDailyNews WM Police Report: Our armed police were deployed to the scene shortly after 10am and detained four children. Two are aged 12, one aged 11 and the other just seven………..They recovered a toy gun that had been painted black while a kitchen knife was found in a rucksack being carried by one of the children………………Two boys aged 11 and 12 were arrested, one for possessing an imitation gun and the other for knife possession. Armed police attended as drivers feared the gun was real………The other two children were escorted home by our officers. We’ll be speaking to their parents and referrals made to the local authority children’s services.
6th November 2021
Sergeant Ben Dolan said: “
This is really concerning given the ages of the children involved.
“The imitation firearm seized has been painted black to give it a more authentic appearance; several drivers believed it was a real threat and that’s why we sent armed police to the scene.
“These children may have thought it was some kind of game or fun to be pointing a fake gun at people but this caused great concern. And it’s ended with four boys being stopped by armed police which must have been pretty scary for them.
“It’s really important parents speak to their children about the dangers of carrying imitation guns and knives. They can get themselves in very serious trouble.”
We all need to work together to tackle knife crime. Have conversations with your children about the devastating consequences of knife possession.
Our Life or Knife website has lots of advice and support for children, parents and teachers that can help with those conversations.
#AceNewsDesk report ……………Published: Nov.07: 2021:
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