Drama as shotgun seized by armed police following major search for suspects across Portsmouth area

Police officers remove a shotgun from an address in Fairfield Avenue in Fareham after reports of a gun being fired on Portsdown Hill 'Picture: Jason Kay
Police officers remove a shotgun from an address in Fairfield Avenue in Fareham after reports of a gun being fired on Portsdown Hill 'Picture: Jason Kay

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  • Shotgun seized from Fareham property by armed police
  • Drama followed ‘serious public order incident’ involving gun near Mick’s Monster Burgers
  • Man taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital for minor injuries
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A SHOTGUN was seized by armed police from a house following a dramatic raid.

It came after gunshots were fired on Portsdown Hill, prompting a police helicopter and officers with guns and riot shields to launch a search for suspects with a weapon.

A car with a shattered back windscreen is removed from Fairfield Avenue in Fareham'Picture: Jason Kay

A car with a shattered back windscreen is removed from Fairfield Avenue in Fareham'Picture: Jason Kay

The drama ended five miles away in Fairfield Avenue, Fareham, where a shotgun was seized after officers swooped on the street.

Six people were arrested – with some of those being made in Fairfield Avenue and other addresses in the area.

Yesterday residents told of their shock after watching the activity unfold outside their homes.

Karen Macmillan, 46, and her son Freddie Parr, six, of Fairfield Avenue, saw two people being arrested as they stood outside.

There were police with shields and helmets and I thought, “this is a bit chaotic for Fairfield Avenue”.

‘There were police with shields and helmets and I thought, “this is a bit chaotic for Fairfield Avenue”,’ Ms Macmillan said.

‘I had a call from a woman down the road wanting to know what was going on.

‘I said I didn’t really know. It started off with two nippers walking down here, with police going about in different directions. Then the two nippers were arrested. There was a lot going on.

‘You just don’t expect it down here.’

Armed police in Fairfield Avenue, Fareham after gunshots were fired on Portsdown Hill on May 24, 2015'Picture: Jason Kay

Armed police in Fairfield Avenue, Fareham after gunshots were fired on Portsdown Hill on May 24, 2015'Picture: Jason Kay

Sue Bean, 53, said: ‘I have never seen anything like it down here before in this road, and I’ve lived here for 32 years. It’s obviously a worry.

‘There were an awful lot of police here, at least 10 to 15 of them, and a load of police cars.’

Another resident said he was watching television when he heard the helicopter flying overhead.

He then went outside and saw a group of people gathered in the street watching the police scour the area.

‘When you sit back and think about, it’s quite scary,’ he said.

‘It’s something you imagine happens somewhere else, places like London or Chicago.’

Onlookers said a number of vehicles were examined by officers and two were taken away for further forensic examination.

The raid followed a serious public order incident involving a gun which had been fired near Mick’s Monster Burgers on Portsdown Hill at 5.20pm on Sunday.

Police say the burger firm is nothing to do with what happened.

Darren Hussey, manager of The Churchillian pub, on Portsdown Hill Road, said he saw police cars parked at nearby flats, but was unaware of what had happened.

‘The police were right opposite the pub, but I thought they were operating a speed camera,’ he said.

‘There are a lot of motorbikes that come up and down here.’

He added: ‘Unfortunately this is part of Britain, it’s not something I like to hear.’

The six people arrested remain in custody.

One man was treated for minor injuries at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham, Portsmouth, though The News understands he had not suffered any gunshot wounds.

Medics stood on standby at QA while the raid took place.

A spokeswoman for South Central Ambulance Service said: ‘We stood by at Queen Alexandra Hospital, and we sent three ambulance officers, an ambulance crew and a hazard area response team.’

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting Operation Heka.