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Armed police hold seven men at Undercliffe churchyard
5:20pm Monday 23rd September 2013 in News
Seven men were held when armed officers swooped on a churchyard in Bradford.
Witnesses described how armed police handcuffed a number of young men outside St Andrew’s Methodist Church in Undercliffe.
One witness took photographs, showing at least one officer holding a sub-machine gun in the churchyard at the junction of Harrogate Road and Dudley Hill Road.
The witness said: “We were driving past and saw armed police officers with several young men handcuffed and sitting on the grass. There were two officers with guns.”
The police helicopter was deployed to the scene at 6.30pm yesterday. The crew tweeted that they were assisting with a search for a vehicle and its occupants. It said firearms units had located the vehicle and the occupants had been detained.
A police spokesman said officers were called to Mint Street, Undercliffe after receiving reports of a man retrieving a gun from bushes. He was then seen walking down the road to a parked car and armed officers detained the men.
The spokesman said seven people, all from Bradford, and aged between 16 and 20, had been arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm and theft from a motor vehicle.
He said two vehicles had been seized and an air rifle had been recovered from the scene.
The men remained in custody tonight.