Norfolk: Armed police called to hospital

A MAN has been arrested by firearms officers during visiting hours at a Norfolk hospital.

Armed officers were called shortly before 7pm to the James Paget Hospital, in Gorleston, following a call from a hospital worker who claimed a patient had reported seeing a man with a handgun in his bag.

Firearms officers, supported by Norfolk Constabulary’s dog unit went sent to the scene.

A 39-year-old from the local area was arrested for possession of an imitation firearm and a bladed instrument.

He was taken into police custody at Great Yarmouth police station.

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Inspector Paul McCarthy from the response team, said: “Our priority is the safety of the public and our officers acted quickly to arrest the suspect.

“The incident happened during visiting hours and the quick actions of the officers ensured there was no risk to patients, staff and relatives.

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“I would like to thank the assistance of the individual who stayed on the phone to the police throughout the whole incident. They remained calm and provided a detailed account of events.”

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