Man arrested after police called to incident in Southsea

Police are investigating a domestic incident in Southsea
Police are investigating a domestic incident in Southsea
Paul Kingswell, 48, from Gosport Picture: Malcolm Wells (170815-7804)

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A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of making threats to kill after armed police were called to a domestic incident.

Firearms officers and police dogs were deployed to a home in Waverley Road, Southsea, following a report at 10.40am.

Officers were told firearms were at the address.

The area was swiftly cordoned off while police searched the scene.

They quickly established the report of firearms was false and contained the incident.

However they arrested a 50-year-old man on suspicion of making threats to kill. He remains in police custody.

Waverley Road was cordoned off at its junction with St Ronan’s Road, Clarendon Road was cordoned off at its junction with Kenilworth Road and part of Granada Road was also sectioned off with blue and white police tape.

Officers stood guard at each of these areas and at a fourth cordon across Burgoyne Road, which leads to Southsea seafront.

The Safer Portsmouth Partnership community bus was deployed to the scene in Waverley Road where police community support officers were on hand to offer reassurance to residents.

Traffic was diverted from the scene. However the cordons were lifted at about 11.30am.

A Hampshire police spokesman said: ‘Authorised firearms officers were deployed to the incident because police received reports of firearms at the address.

‘Inquiries established this was not the case.

‘A 50-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of making threats to kill and remains in police custody.’