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Police confirm military base 'rifle sighting' is not suspicious

Police in Wiltshire have confirmed that an incident involving three people who were thought to be seen "with a rifle" near an army barracks have been located.

Officers say they are satisfied they were not involved in any suspicious activity.

Armed police and a helicopter were sent to the barracks in Bulford shortly after the initial sighting on Thursday. The sighting came just hours after an alleged attempted kidnap at RAF Marham.

With recent events, both in the UK and abroad, it is understandable that we are seeing an increase in calls from members of the public reporting suspicious behaviour. It is only right that we fully investigate calls of this nature. Thankfully, this incident turned out to be non-suspicious.

– Vince Logue, South Sector Acting Inspector

Wiltshire military bases on high alert after men spotted with 'rifle'

Police in Wiltshire are investigating after three people were seen with what was believed to be a rifle near an army barracks in Bulford.

Armed police and a helicopter were sent to the area shortly after 6pm on Thursday, but there has been no sighting since.

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Wiltshire Police say the area around the barracks, on Salisbury Plain, was searched but no suspects were found.

There have been no suspicious incidents since the initial phone call, and the military camp and the surrounding areas have been fully secured.

The sighting comes just hours after an alleged attempted kidnap at RAF Marham.

I can confirm at 5pm yesterday the police attended a report of a suspicious incident close to a military barracks in Wiltshire. Police officers attended and conducted a search of the area with the assistance of the police helicopter.

No persons were located.

– Inspector Barry Hickman, Wiltshire Police
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