Man bailed after '˜gun rampage' incident in Wigan

A man arrested by police investigating reports of a gun rampage on a Wigan council estate has been released on bail.

Wednesday, 8th March 2017, 11:06 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:45 am
Police at the scene of the incident on Monday evening

The 33-year-old was detained on Monday night after armed officers and the force helicopter were scrambled to the streets of Beech Hill amid claims that a shotgun had been fired on Cherry Grove.

Residents were warned to stay indoors as police combed the area for the suspect.

And after an hour, an armed response unit arrested a man at the junction of Rose Avenue and Ascroft Avenue on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon and causing criminal damage.

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He was taken to Wigan police headquarters for questioning and the force has now confirmed that the man has since been released on conditional bail pending further inquiries.

A date had yet to set to which he must answer bail.

No-one was injured in the incident which was reported in several 999 calls at around 6.50pm on Monday.

That evening a force spokesman told the Wigan Post that at that point no weapon had been found, nor any forensic evidence of a gun’s having been fired. No further details have since been released.

There was also confusion from some of the calls as to whether a shotgun or air rifle had been seen.