Belfast Telegraph

'Gunman' sighting prompts alert

A man wrapped in a bedsheet and tea towel who allegedly pointed a replica gun has triggered a security alert near Belfast city centre.

An area close to St Anne's Cathedral was put into lockdown after a member of the public reported seeing a gunman.

Armed police officers swamped the area and recovered three replica firearms during a raid at a flat in a housing association building on Writer's Square.

A PSNI spokesman said: "Donegall Street in Belfast has now re-opened following an incident in which it was reported to police that a man had pointed a suspected firearm from the window of a building.

"Armed Response Officers were deployed and searched the building. Three suspected replica firearms have been recovered from a room in the building and an investigation is now under way to identify and apprehend anyone involved."

Chris Donaghy, 30, was on the second floor of the Student Housing Accommodation building when police swooped. He described it as a traumatic experience.

He said: "We came off the elevator and were met by police searching everyone and taking details. It is a bit disconcerting to step off the lift and be met with someone with a riot shield and another officer with an assault rifle. We usually only see council noise teams out."

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