Man arrested after fire arm incident in Asda is given caution

There was an armed response to the incident.

There was an armed response to the incident.

A man arrested on suspicion of possessing an imitation firearm after armed police were called to a supermarket has been given a caution.

Armed response units were sent to Asda, in Peterlee town centre, yesterday afternoon following reports of a man with a weapon.

Officers carried out a search of the store and the surrounding area, including Chapel Hill Road.

Police say a Peterlee man, 23, was later arrested on suspicion of possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

He was questioned by police and given a caution.

It is understood the weapon involved was a BB gun.

It has since been seized and will be destroyed.

A Durham Police spokesman said: “Police would like to reassure the community in Peterlee that there was no threat to the wider public and the incident has now been resolved.”