Children warned not to invite visit from armed police

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YOUNGSTERS have been warned that playing round with airguns could lead to a confrontation with armed police.

Police have sent out the warning after several incidents since the Easter holidays started.

Carrying a loaded BB gun in a public place is an offence.

Inspector Lloyd Balfour, from Sussex Police Tactical Firearms Unit, said: ‘While on each occasion recently it was quickly established that a BB or similar spring-loaded gun was involved, these weapons are manufactured in such a way that it is sometimes difficult for officers to tell them apart from the real thing without close examination.

‘This means that anyone carrying or using one of these weapons in public could easily find themselves confronted by armed police officers.’