Residents told to stay indoors in ‘gun threat’ scare – man led away in handcuffs

Two police officers were injured after a man threatened them while claiming to have a gun.

Officers swooped on Ratcliffe Towers in Stockport at around 10.30pm last night (Thursday) following reports of a disturbance.

It was when they arrived at the scene on Bosden Fold that the man threatened police.

The officers suffered minor injuries, a GMP spokesman said.

Police carried out a search, and concluded that the man ‘did not have a firearm’, a spokesman for the force said.

Residents living in the area said they were told to stay indoors when they spotted a commotion outside.

A man was later filmed being led into a van in handcuffs, surrounded by officers.

In the footage, the man was heard shouting as he was bundled into the back of the police vehicle.

A loud thud could be heard in the video.

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A man, aged 41, was arrested a short time later on suspicion of theft, assault and threats to kill.

A woman, aged 44, was also arrested on suspicion of assault and criminal damage.

A spokesman for GMP said: “Shortly before 10.35pm on Thursday, July 16, police were called to Ratcliffe Towers in Stockport to reports of a disturbance.

“A man was making threats towards officers and stated that he had a firearm. After assessment it was confirmed that the man was not in possession of a firearm.

“Two officers suffered minor injuries during the incident. 

“The man – aged 41 – was arrested a short time later on suspicion of theft, assault and threats to kill. A woman aged 44 was also arrested on suspicion of assault and criminal damage. Both  remain in custody for questioning.”

A spokeswoman for North West Ambulance Service confirmed they were called to Hillgate, a neighbouring road, at 11.30pm.

They said: “Someone has taken unwell. We sent a rapid response vehicle and an ambulance. Police were on the scene. A patient was taken to hospital.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting incident number 3039 of July 16.

Reports can also be made anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

|Ma Evening Post