Four men were arrested in Stoke this afternoon on suspicion of firearms offences after they were spotted acting suspiciously.
The men were aged 16, 17, 17, and 27.
Staff at the city centre's CCTV control unit alerted police to the men in question after they were seen to be in possession of what looked like a firearm.
Armed officers were called to the city centre and the men were found in Hanley at around 4.15pm in the Stafford Street area.
Officers recovered what is believed to be two firearms which will be examined.