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Man charged after armed police called to Mortimer Street in Herne Bay

A man has been charged after armed police were called to reports of someone seen with a weapon.

Officers descended on Mortimer Street, Herne Bay where they arrested a suspect for a firearms offence.

Armed police at Aldi in Herne Bay
Armed police at Aldi in Herne Bay

Luke Burch, of Mortimer Street, Herne Bay, has since been charged with possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

The 34-year-old is also charged with criminal damage in relation to damage caused to a cell at Margate Police Station.

Police were called to Mortimer Street on Tuesday shortly before 6pm.

Before making the arrest, the officers had gathered in a nearby Aldi car park as shocked shoppers looked on.

Mr Burch appeared before Folkestone Magistrates' Court on Thursday and was bailed to appear at Canterbury Crown Court on May 30.

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