Harpoon gun scare at South Parade Pier

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POLICE have confirmed they were called to South Parade Pier after reports of someone wielding a harpoon gun.

Officers arrived at the Southsea landmark shortly after 9.30pm on Tuesday, July 31 this year.

They were investigating an allegation that a man had been threatened by a group of people, one of whom was believed to be carrying a ‘spear gun’.

Their enquiries established the allegation involved an ongoing civil dispute over the ownership of items on the pier.

But no complaints of criminal offences were made to police and no spear guns or firearms were being carried by those involved in the dispute when officers arrived.

The police also attended on Saturday, July 7 to deal with a disturbance after the attempted eviction of the arcade leaseholders by the owners.

In May, The News reported that health and safety fears meant visitors were barred from walking along the pier, with only fishermen allowed on.

Now local residents want to take over the running of the pier.