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Arrest after man reportedly threatened with firearm on Cosworth Drive, Dibden Purlieu

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ARMED police arrested a man following reports of threats involving a firearm in Dibden Purlieu last night (Wednesday).

The incident, described as a targeted attack, took place shortly before 8pm outside a property in Cosworth Drive.

Two people were said to have been involved in an altercation in the street in which a man was allegedly verbally abused and threatened with the weapon.

Cosworth Drive in Dibden Purlieu (photo: Google)
Cosworth Drive in Dibden Purlieu (photo: Google)

Another man was seen getting into a vehicle before attempting to drive it at the man, who managed to avoid a collision.

Armed officers scoured the area, along with a police helicopter, and found the vehicle and its driver at an address in The Marsh, Hythe.

A 38-year-old Hythe man was arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life, and possessing a class B drug. He remains in custody.

Posting on Facebook this afternoon, local officers said: “You may see an increased police presence while they seek to establish the exact circumstances of this incident.

“A number of high-visibility patrols will continue in the area over the coming days.

“If residents have any concerns or issues they would like to raise with officers, please do stop them and engage with them.”

A further post added: “We believe this was a targeted attack and there was no intention to harm the general public.”

Those with information should contact Hampshire police on 101, quoting crime reference number 44220145765, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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