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COPS HUNT GUNMAN IN CITY CENTRE; Officers and helicopter join-hour search.

Byline: Emma Stone

POLICE officers and the force helicopter descended on Coventry city centre following reports of a man wielding a gun.

Coventry Police officers turned out in force in New Union Street following the call on Wednesday evening, shortly after the end of England's World Cup tie.

A West Midlands Police spokesman explained the caller had told police the man had been spotted in the New Union Street area with what was thought to be a firearm.

Police officers searched the surrounding areas, including Bullyard and Salt Lane car park, for the gunman but after two hours of searches neither the suspect or firearm were found.

Officers were in the New Union Street area between 6pm and 8pm.

Daniel Carey, manager of The Squirrel pub in nearby Greyfriars Lane, said: "There was quite a lot of police activity around our area.

"It started about half an hour after the football. We didn't have much involvement really. Officers did come in to check the premises to see if a man was in here that fitted their description or if he had been here earlier in the night. He hadn't been and they left."

A spokesman for Coventry Police added: "Officers treated the report seriously and carried out extensive local searches and inquiries in the city centre but no person or firearm was found. During the search officers came across some football-related disorder. There was some unruly behaviour which was contained."
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jun 25, 2010
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