Police called out to reports of gunshots in a Suffolk town instead found a clay pigeon shoot.

Suffolk police were called to Stowmarket on Saturday evening shortly after 7pm following reports of gunshots being heard close to the town centre.

Officers were sent to the area and confirmed they could hear gunshots in the vicinity and armed police were then sent to the town.

A spokesman for Suffolk police said: "It was soon established it was a clay pigeon shoot that police were not aware of."

It is not a legal requirement for clay pigeon shooters to tell police about the shoot but the spokesman said it was a good idea to let police know if the location of the shoot was not used regularly for this purpose.

The incident has now been closed.