Sutton town centre gun man bailed after firearm found to be air pistol

Sutton Guardian: The man was arrested inside the St Nicholas Centre The man was arrested inside the St Nicholas Centre

A man arrested for carrying a gun and a large knife inside a shopping centre yesterday has been bailed - after analysis found the firearm was an air pistol.

The 51-year-old was arrested by firearms officers inside the busy St Nicholas Centre yesterday at just before 10.25am after police received concerned calls from members of the public that they had seen a man carrying a firearm in the town centre.

This morning a police spokesman said the man had been arrested on suspicion of having an air pistol, knife and stealing from a shop and are continuing to analyse the firearm.

Police received their first call about the man at about 9.45am.

According to police the man was first seen carrying the gun in a carrier bag in Cash Converters in Sutton High Street.

He was also seen sitting on a bench in the high street before heading into the Virgin Phone Shop.

It is then he went into the St Nicholas Centre where firearms officers detained him just inside.

He was pinned to the ground and disarmed while he was arrested.

The spokesman added the suspect was observed and tracked by plain clothes officers and by operators using CCTV in the control room at Sutton Police station before being detained by officers from the Met's armed response unit.


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10:50am Fri 11 Apr 14

Hove Ex-Pat says...

So carrying a firearm & a big knife in the middle of Sutton gets him in custody, but carrying an air pistol & a big knife in the middle of Sutton Town centre, as you do, gets him bail. What is going on at the Met & CPS these days?
So carrying a firearm & a big knife in the middle of Sutton gets him in custody, but carrying an air pistol & a big knife in the middle of Sutton Town centre, as you do, gets him bail. What is going on at the Met & CPS these days? Hove Ex-Pat
  • Score: 15

12:37pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Mr Flange of Wallington says...

Hove Ex-Pat wrote:
So carrying a firearm & a big knife in the middle of Sutton gets him in custody, but carrying an air pistol & a big knife in the middle of Sutton Town centre, as you do, gets him bail. What is going on at the Met & CPS these days?
If he is unlikely to receive a custodial for whatever he might be charged with, AND he poses no danger to the public, remanding him in custody is not going to happen. I suspect he was closer to being detained under Section 3 of the Mental Health Act.
[quote][p][bold]Hove Ex-Pat[/bold] wrote: So carrying a firearm & a big knife in the middle of Sutton gets him in custody, but carrying an air pistol & a big knife in the middle of Sutton Town centre, as you do, gets him bail. What is going on at the Met & CPS these days?[/p][/quote]If he is unlikely to receive a custodial for whatever he might be charged with, AND he poses no danger to the public, remanding him in custody is not going to happen. I suspect he was closer to being detained under Section 3 of the Mental Health Act. Mr Flange of Wallington
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4:20pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Sandy46 says...

Oh thats ok then,:we can all walk around with knives and a firearm as long as " no one gets hurt" if he was so harmless" why east there a 45 minute wait for armed police to arrive while the public including my family were allowed to walk near this man unaware, seems police not allowed to take risks but the public are, bail? What a joke.
Oh thats ok then,:we can all walk around with knives and a firearm as long as " no one gets hurt" if he was so harmless" why east there a 45 minute wait for armed police to arrive while the public including my family were allowed to walk near this man unaware, seems police not allowed to take risks but the public are, bail? What a joke. Sandy46
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