'Realistic BB gun' found in Preston park after police arrest suspected heroin dealer

A realistic BB gun was found dumped in a Preston park after police arrested a suspected drug dealer.

Friday, 1st October 2021, 11:36 am
Updated Friday, 1st October 2021, 12:08 pm
Officers found this realistic BB gun dumped in Waverley Park, off New Hall Lane, Preston, after police arrested a man for possession with intent to supply Class A drugs. Pic: Lancashire Police

Task Force officers arrested the man in Waverley Park, off New Hall Lane, after a foot chase around city streets on Saturday (September 25).

He was detained and searched at the scene, with officers seizing what is believed to be bags of heroin and crack cocaine. The suspect's cash and mobile phone were also seized.

He was taken into custody for possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.

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The man was arrested for possession with intent to supply Class A drugs in Waverley Park, off New Hall Lane, Preston. Pic: Lancashire Police

Following his arrest, officers searched the area around the park and also recovered the replica pistol.

Lancashire Police said the arrest was a result of anonymous tip-offs from the public who reported the man acting suspiciously.

A police spokesman said: "The male was located on Waverley Park and having made concerted attempts to escape was detained and transported to custody.

"As a result of the arrest a search was made of the vicinity and a realistic BB gun was located and seized.

Waverley Park, off New Hall Lane, Preston. Pic: Google

"Enquiries are ongoing with the arrested male.

"It is with the continued support from the public that has assisted in this arrest and we thank those that came forward anonymously and would continue to encourage people to do so."

Are BB guns legal?

Most BB guns are legal in the UK, but it is considered an offence to carry those that resemble real firearms in a public place. Those caught wielding realistic BB guns in public can be arrested for possession of an imitation firearm, regardless of the power of the gun itself.