Armed police called in after report of men with a ‘gun’ on A1M bridge

ARMED police were called in and a drone was launched following reports of men with a gun on a North Yorkshire motorway bridge.

North Yorkshire Police said a vigilant member of the public reported several men in two cars on a flyover of the A1(M) at Dishforth yesterday.

They said a man opened the boot of a car and took out a “long-barrelled gun”.

A spokesperson said the Operational sustain Unit was there within moments and firearms officers were also called, and a drone camera was launched to gather information.

“It turns out the three men did intend to shoot something… but fortunately it was only photographs,” they said.

“Their hobby was truck-seeing and the “long-barrel gun” was truly a long-lens camera which they used to take shots of passing wagons. After checking all was well, we left them to it.

“The member of the public was absolutely right to report their suspicions. Always better to be safe than sorry.”

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