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Seven arrested after armed police called to south Cumbrian property

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Seven people have been arrested, after armed police were called to an incident in south Cumbria.

Police were called to Main Street in Grange-over-Sands at around 10:10am, to reports that an axe was being used to gain entry to a property, in relation to a dispute over an eviction.

The incident has been resolved, and seven people have been arrested on suspicion of affray.

No one has been injured, and police are now investigating what happened.

The initial reports suggested that an axe was allegedly being used to gain entry to a building, and therefore as a contingency with a view to protecting the persons within the premises, members of the public and the attending Police Officers, some of those officers were armed.

The deployment of armed officers is strictly controlled and only on the authority of a senior officer, and given the circumstances that is why it was deemed necessary to deploy armed officers.

No persons were injured, and seven people have been arrested in relation to allegations of public order offences and attempts to gain entry to the premises.

I want to reassure the public that this was spontaneous incident, and is not connected in any way to any other ongoing operations, and the wider public were not at risk in any way.

– Supt Rob O’Connor, Cumbria Police

Police are urging anyone with information to contact them on 101.