Police Firearms Hoax involving Firearms, Dog unit & Air Support

Cleveland Police are today investigating after what the call a ‘possible hoax call’ promoted a major response which included armed response and the forces dog section.

A male contacted police claiming he had witnessed another man with a firearm. It was reported that a man climbed in to a car close to the Highfield Hotel on Marton Road, Middlesbrough.

Police followed the car that was described, detaining a 38 year old man in Beechwood. .

Police confirmed that it is routine for firearms units to be become involved if firearms are mentioned, armed response units assisted, along with the dog section and air support.

Upon searching the car nothing untoward was found and the male was allowed to go on his way.

Officers believe the call was either made with good intent, or as a deliberate hoax.

And they have now released an image of a man they would like to speak to, who may be able to give information to help enquiries.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cleveland Police on the non-emergency number 101.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.