May 27, 2011 11.45 am This story is over 154 months old

Armed police in West Parade hoax call

Hoax call: Police cars and armed police were seen along West Parade reacting to what proved to be a hoax call.

Police cars and armed officers were seen along West Parade Thursday, May 26.

Superintendent David Lynch said: “Acting on police information, officers initiated a standard firearms response plan in the West Parade area at around 9.30pm last night.”

At around 10.30pm the police cars were used to make a small road blockade. The cars blocked off a corner of West Parade surrounding the police station from The Burton Arms pub to the where the road joins Beaumont Fee. However, people were able to walk through the area.

Officers stood down at around 11.15pm and Superintendent Lynch added that “a short time later a 38-year-old Lincoln man was arrested on suspicion of making a hoax call” and he is helping with their inquiries.

Lincolnshire Police have already had a number of prank calls in the past year, most recently in February were police were deployed after a man claimed to have heard a gunshot but confessed to making a hoax call.

Photo: Nick Jackson