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Man and woman in police custody following firearm incident in Chislet

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Video: Armed
police assemble at Chislet Court Farm after an armed
incident on Tuesday morning.

Two people were held in
police custody following an armed incident in the village
of Chislet, near Herne Bay on Tuesday morning.

A 48-year-old man and 44-year-old
woman were arrested on suspicion of assault, possession of a
firearm without a certificate and the cultivation of cannabis.

The pair have been released on
bail, pending further inquiries, until Thursday, June 24.

Police were
originally called to the village at 11.15am on
Tuesday, following reports a man had been assaulted.

Ten armed response
officers, three dog handlers and trained negotiators went
to the scene.

Ch Insp Martin Cunningham said:
"Our response was due to the initial call indicating a firearm had
been seen. Inquiries are now continuing in the area."

Police at Chislet Court Farm during Tuesday's firearms incident
Police at Chislet Court Farm during Tuesday's firearms incident

A 26-year-old man from Whitstable was treated
for head injuries, but they were not believed to be

A total of 14 cannabis
plants were also found at a property in Church Lane,
Chislet. Officers were stood down from the scene at

The Kent Police helicopter was
called out to the village to survey the scene from overhead, but
was later stood down. Chislet Court Farm and Church Lane were
also sealed off to the public and traffic.

Staff at nearby Marshide Nursery
School were advised to keep children inside at the end of the
school day at 1pm. Parents were later allowed to collect
their children once officers deemed the area safe.

The village primary school in
Church Lane was unaffected and continued its school day as

Speaking to reporter Joe Walker at
the scene, Ch Insp Martin Cunningham said: "Our main concern around
1pm was for the safety of the children and their parents. I would
like to thank them all for their patience and co-operation."

Lewis Jenkins, who runs
vegetable business Nethergong Nurseries in nearby Upstreet,
spotted several police cars and officers outside the village
shop during his lunch break.

He said: "It looked like police had
set up some sort of armed response unit down there. We're just
outside Chislet here, but a lady who works with my mother in the
village lives next door to where police set up their briefing

More reaction and pictures in this week's Kentish and
Herne Bay Gazette, out Wednesday.

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