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Arrest after 'gun' pointed at fire crew on 999 call

By Richard Vernalls

A man has been arrested after firefighters had what appeared to be a gun pointed at them while out on a 999 call.

Crews were called after smoke was seen pouring from an electricity supply box at a terraced house in Birmingham at about 7pm on Wednesday.

Further investigations revealed the mains cable was being illegally abstracted to supply a suspected cannabis factory in the middle of a residential area.

But as firefighters were tackling the blaze in Weoley Castle, a man walked past and is alleged to have "pointed what appeared to be a handgun at two of them", West Midlands Police said.

A 20-year-old man was arrested near the scene on suspicion of possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

Station commander Lee Baker, of West Midlands Fire Service, praised the police's speedy actions and described the incident as almost "beyond words".

He said cannabis factories can be "complex and dangerous" scenes for fire crews.

Mr Baker added: "For them then also to be faced with a man with a fake gun is beyond words.

"Any threat to, or attack upon, our crews is one too many and will not be tolerated."

Arresting officer Hannah Moseley said when she grabbed a man pointed out to her by fire crews at the scene, she told him: "You're not bringing a gun on my patch."

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