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Armed police arrest man with 'fake gun' on Exeter University campus

Police pictured outside Exeter University. Credit: Beth Mahoney / @lablogbeaute

A man has been arrested after students were threatened with a replica gun at Exeter University.

Armed officers were called to the university around 11:30am to reports of a man "making threats to other students, whilst in possession of a handgun".

Devon and Cornwall Police said a weapon seized was "not believed to be a viable firearm" and no-one had been injured.

A 25-year-old man, from Exeter, has been held on suspicion of possession of a firearm.

Police confirm weapon seized

Police were called just before 11.30am this morning (Wednesday 19 June) to reports of a male on the University of Exeter campus suspected to be in possession of a firearm.

Units immediately attended the scene and were able to identify a specific a room in the Amory Building in which it was believed there was a small number of people.

In order to investigate and protect the public, students and staff, two firearms officers and a police dog rapidly entered the building.

As they did so, a male came out of the room, identified himself, and was arrested without incident.

Officers have subsequently recovered a bag in which they have located what appears to be a metal handgun. Although further examinations and searches are ongoing, the initial examination of the item indicates that this is not believed to be a viable firearm, but is either a replica or blank-firing handgun. It was not loaded.

– Devon and Cornwall Police

Exeter University statement

There was an incident on the Streatham Campus today involving an individual suspected to be in possession of a firearm - the police were called and dealt with the incident swiftly.

No-one was injured and one individual is currently in custody.

The building has now reopened and the campus has returned to normal. The safety of everyone on campus is our overriding priority and the University has strict protocols in place for incidents of this nature.

We would like to reassure those on campus that the incident is now over.

– Exeter University