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Man charged after threatening people with a 'fake gun' at Exeter University

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

A 25-year-old man has been charged after threatening people at the University of Exeter with a fake gun.

Yihe Xiong, of Bonhay Road, is due to appear before Exeter Magistrates charged with possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

I would like to reiterate our thanks to the university, its staff and students for their calm response and their assistance with our investigation.

– Supt Int Matt Lawler, Devon and Cornwall Police
The incident happened on the Streatham Campus in the north of the city. Credit: ITV West Country

Armed officers were called to the Streatham Campus around 11:30am on Wednesday (19 June) to reports of a man "making threats to other students, whilst in possession of a handgun".

Two firearms officers and a police dog entered the Amory Building arrested the man and seized what appeared to be a metal handgun.

Further examination indicated that it was indeed a replica or blank-firing handgun.