Police on alert in Newton Abbot after gun spotted in back of car
NINE police units, including firearms officers and sniffer dogs, were called to two incidents in Newton Abbot.
Police were put on alert after a suspected firearms incident coincided with a public affray.
The two incidents were unconnected, but at one stage police were concerned that there might be a connection.
The original alert about a possible firearms incident was made to police at 3.30pm on Sunday after a group of young men were seen driving with a suspected gun.
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A car was eventually stopped at the back of the old market just after 5pm and two plastic toy guns were located and seized.
Police said: "Words of advice were given to the group of young male occupants of the car."
Newton Abbot police sector Inspector Dave Hammond said that the firearms alert coincided with calls about an ongoing dispute between two groups of men in West Golds Road, near the new Newton Abbot hospital.
Three men were arrested for affray.
"It was a response to calls from a member of the public that there was an affray going on between a group of males known to each other.
"It had nothing at all to do with the suspected firearms incident, but it occurred broadly speaking at the same time."