UPDATE: Armed police chase car after Tesco shopper says a GUN was pointed at him

Armed police officers hunted a car on the motorway after a shopper at Tesco Extra in Marton said a gun was pointed at him last night.

Thursday, 5th January 2017, 10:06 am
Updated Wednesday, 11th January 2017, 4:09 am
A dramatic search was launched by armed officers yesterday evening after a disagreement at a Tesco Extra store.

Three armed response vehicles launched a frantic search after the man said the weapon was drawn during a row over a parking space at around 9.50pm, police said.

The teenage ‘gunman’ then drove off in a silver Honda Civic with his alleged victim in pursuit, sparking a dramatic one-hour hunt for the car, a spokesman for Lancashire Police said.

He added: “The informant followed the vehicle onto the M55 before exiting the motorway at junction three.

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“Armed response vehicles were deployed and officers traced the Honda travelling southbound on the M6.

“The vehicle was stopped close to junction 27 [for Parbold, Wigan] and the driver detained.

“Following a search of the vehicle, no firearm was found and the male, a 19-year-old man from Manchester, was de-arrested.”

It is not known what, if anything, the man had actually pointed.