Man arresed following university firearms incident

(Last Updated On: June 19, 2019)

A 25-year-old man has been arrested and is in police custody following a firearms incident at Exeter university today, Wednesday 19th June.

Police were called to the campus this morning to reports of a male suspected to be in possession of a firearm.

Armed police attended the incident, with police swarming the site.

The male was arrested without incident, There are no reported injuries and the university has since re-opened. Police still remain at the campus.

Police recovered what appeared to be a metal handgun, stating 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 which was not loaded.

Superintendent Matt Lawler, policing commander for Exeter, East and Mid Devon, said: “We are not looking for anybody else in relation to this incident and no-one in the area of the university or wider community should be concerned for their ongoing safety.

“Whilst for obvious reasons we sent a number of officers to the scene, we have now withdrawn armed officers, and local staff will be making enquiries during the course of the day including searches and taking statements from witnesses.

“We are very grateful to the staff and students at Exeter University for their cooperation and calm response”.

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