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Police Cordon Off Southampton City Centre After 'Two People With Guns' Spotted On Roof

Police Cordon Off Southampton City Centre After 'Two People With Guns' Spotted On Roof

Police cordoned off Southampton city centre after receiving reports of 'two men with guns' on the roof of a branch of Poundland.

Officers raced to the city centre this afternoon (29 August) after the individuals were allegedly spotted on the roof above Specsavers.

A photograph doing the rounds online is claimed to show one of the individuals on top of the roof, holding what appears to be a gun, however, the image has yet to be verified.

According to police, no one has been apprehended and there have been no injuries.

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But while the cordon has now been removed, an investigation is still ongoing.

A spokesperson for Southampton Police said: "You may seen some increased police activity in the city centre in the last hour and this is because we were called at 3.41pm to reports of two people on the roofs above Specsavers and Poundland on Above Bar Street.

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"It was reported that the two people were holding what looked like long barrelled firearms so we deployed to the area to carry out a thorough search.

"We can confirm that at this time, (approx an hour later) no one has been located, no one has been reported injured to us and we have not received any further calls.

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"However, we remain at the scene and enquiries into the reports are ongoing."

The spokesperson added: "We know it's the start of a bank holiday weekend and the town centre is busy, however we would ask that people try to avoid Above Bar Street, Portland Terrace and Bargate while we deal with this incident.

"We'll update you again when we have more info."

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