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Armed police lay ‘seige’ to Bay street

Arrest made after man told cabbie of gunshot wound

DRAMA Police enter the house in Mickleburgh Hill
DRAMA: Police enter the house in Mickleburgh Hill

THIS is the dramatic moment a police manhunt ended in a residential area of Herne Bay. Armed officers and dog handlers swarmed the town on Sunday after reports a man had been shot. The drama started at Herne Bay railway station just before 5pm when a man with what police described as “a badly injured arm” attempted to get into a taxi and told the driver he had been shot, but when police were called he had gone. Abacus Taxis office was sealed off while forensics teams took swabs from a trail of blood left behind and a train is also thought to have been searched. Police spokesman Richard Allen said:

“Police were called shortly before 5pm to a report of a man with a badly injured arm near Herne Bay train station.”

Gunshot

“The man initially stated to someone that he had a gunshot wound so armed officers were sent.”

The search led police to Mickleburgh Hill, where they sealed off the road between Mickleburgh Avenue and Ivanhoe Road. Neighbours described the scene as “a siege” and said they had been told to stay indoors. But officers said they had no evidence weapons were involved. Mr Allen added:

“Despite the initial mention of a firearm we would reassure residents that no weapons have been seen and it is not believed any guns discharged.”

  • A man was arrested in Mickleburgh Hill at 10.20pm on Sunday, and treated at hospital before being questioned. Dwayne Miller, 36, of Mickleburgh Hill, Herne Bay, is due to appear in court on February 14 charged with a public order offence of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour with intent to cause fear of harm.

Herne Bay Times, January 16th 2014

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