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Police helicopter spotted over Station Road, Rainham hunting for a man holding a firearm

By Rachel Dixon

A police helicopter and patrol cars were out last night hunting a man suspected of having a gun.

Officers have seized multiple paintball guns in connection with the incident.

Police were called to Warlingham Close, Rainham at around 9.45pm yesterday .

Patrol cars and a helicopter circled the town after it was reported a man in a vehicle was seen in possession of a weapon.

At 12.35am today police descended on Station Road, Rainham and arrested a man in connection to the incident.

The 26-year-old was taken into police in custody on suspicion of a firearms offence.

Police arrested a man for fire arm offences in Station Road, Rainham (12289723)
Police arrested a man for fire arm offences in Station Road, Rainham (12289723)

Police spokesman James Walker said: "A number of paintball guns have been seized as part of the investigation."

Owning a paintball gun is legal in the UK and owners do not need a licence to have one.

The 26-year-old has since been released without charge and his two paintball guns have been returned to him.

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