Web ‘weapons’ post sparks alert

Macclesfield Express - - CARE HOME WORKERS SCANDAL - STU­ART GREER

ATEENAGER sparked a scare after post­ing an im­age of two replica guns on so­cial me­dia.

The 19-year-old, from Mac­cles­field, pub­lished a photo of the ‘ weapons’ in­clud­ing an im­i­ta­tion hand­gun, au­to­matic ri­fle and an adapted base­ball on Snapchat.

Po­lice were tipped off by a mem­ber of the pub­lic at 9am on Septem­ber 24 and traced the im­age to the teenager’s home in Par­adise Street.

Of­fi­cers from Mac­cles­field’s re­sponse team went to the house at 2pm but could not trace the teen.

In­stead the young man’s father handed the items over to po­lice.

Po­lice re­moved two replica guns and the base­ball bat which had ra­zor blades stick­ing out of it.

The teen was later spo­ken to by po­lice and let off with a warn­ing. It is un­der­stood that the Snapchat post did not con­tain any­thing threat­en­ing.

Of­fi­cers are now urg­ing par­ents to mon­i­tor what their chil­dren could be col­lect­ing.

Sergeant Rob Simp­son said: “The firearms, which on the face of it look real, and the base­ball bat, could have caused fear in the com­mu­nity and were handed over by an adult in his ab­sence.

“The teenager will be strongly ad­vised about his be­hav­iour.

“I’d like to take this op­por­tu­nity to re­mind par­ents to keep an eye on their chil­dren’s in­ter­ests and hobbies.

“It’s bet­ter to be safe than sorry, rather than find armed of­fi­cers knock­ing at your door.”

A spokesman for Cheshire Po­lice said: “On 24 Septem­ber 2017 po­lice were made aware of a Snapchat post in­di­cat­ing a 19-year-old man from Mac­cles­field had a num­ber of firearms.

“Fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the lo­ca­tion of the teenager, of­fi­cers at­tended an ad­dress in Par­adise Street in Mac­cles­field and seized two replica guns and an adapted base­ball bat.”

It is law­ful to own a replica or im­i­ta­tion firearm.

How­ever you are not al­lowed to pos­sess them in a pub­lic place un­less used in his­tor­i­cal reen­act­ments, the­atri­cal pro­duc­tions and film mak­ing.

If you take a BB gun onto the streets you may get ar­rested for this of­fence.

Po­lice re­spond to any call where a gun is in­volved and send armed of­fi­cers.

The Firearms Act 1968 states: “An im­i­ta­tion firearm is any­thing which has the ap­pear­ance of be­ing a firearm, re­gard­less of whether or not it is ca­pa­ble of dis­charg­ing a shot, bul­let or other mis­sile.” A PAIR of adorable dogs are look­ing for a new home after be­ing aban­doned.

Father and daugh­ter Snoop and Macy are be­ing looked after by a fos­ter fam­ily in Mac­cles­field.

The Jack Rus­sell Ter­ri­ers, aged eight and 12 re­spec­tively, were found aban­doned with an Amer­i­can Bull­dog in July.

The dogs were ini­tially sep­a­rated with Macy trans­ferred to the Mac­cles­field branch of the RSPCA. But when it was dis­cov­ered Snoop was her dad, they were re­united.

Both have been neutered, mi­cro chipped and vac­ci­nated but are in need of a lov­ing home.

A spokesman for the Mac­cles­field branch of the RSPCA said: “Snoop is the dinki­est Jack but with a big char­ac­ter, full of the joys of spring and just so friendly, and he loves to run about and play ball. He also loves his grub.

“Macy is the sweet­est lit­tle girl, very af­fec­tion­ate just like her dad - she too loves toys and adores run­ning those lit­tle legs off.

“They are both typ­i­cal high en­ergy Jacks so will need an ac­tive owner. They are look­ing for a pet free home. This pair will melt any­one’s heart, es­pe­cially the Jack fans out there.”

For more de­tails visit the branch’s Face­book page or call 01625 669620.

The items handed to po­lice

Aban­doned dogs Snoop and Macy

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