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Armed police respond to reports of a gun - then discover it's a mobile phone

Armed police officers responded to reports of a man with a gun in a city centre - to find out it was a mobile phone.

Officers received a call from a worried member of the public who said they had seen a man in Plymouth's St Andrew's Cross with a weapon in their rucksack.

Credit: Ben Birchall/PA

CCTV carried out searches for the man while armed police were deployed and paramedics called to the area as a precaution.

But, when the man was finally spotted on CCTV a stop-check revealed the item was just a mobile.

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