Man detained under mental health act after firearm fears shuts down sites in west Cumbria

Frizington street sign. JC 04.01.24
Police say there is no perceived threat to the public. Credit: Cumbria Police

A 40-year-old man has been detained under the Mental Health Act following an alleged firearms incident in west Cumbria.

The man had been arrested after sites were shut down following fears he had a firearm.

The initial arrest was made on suspicion of malicious communications - which means trying to cause others distress or anxiety through contacting them.

It follows concerns in the Frizington and Whitehaven areas of West Cumbria on the morning of Thursday 4 January.

Cumbria Police were contacted about a series of phone calls and emails being made or sent to a number of organisations and schools in the area.

The force has now said there is no indication at this point that the individual ever had access to a firearm or was a threat to the public.

A witness at Frizington Primary School, which went into lockdown, said: "I'm fine, school got locked down but it was just a scare. 

"Police have put a statement saying no threat to the public." 

Cumbria Police said that organisations affected by the incident will be offered reassurance.

Enquiries are ongoing.

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