Release 5: at 9.30am, 14 May: At 09.32am on 13 May we received a report of a man who had what looked like a gun in his back pocket, in Spalding town centre.
Spalding Inspector Gareth Boxall said: "As a result of this report, Lincolnshire Police firearms officers contained and searched a premises on Winsover Road. In order to ensure that we could carry this out safely, we closed that part of Winsover Road to vehicles and pedestrians. We arrested four men from the location and recovered an imitation firearm. As a result, we charged a 21-year-old man with two counts of Possessing an Imitation Firearm in a public place. The three men arrested have been released without charge.
"Whilst I appreciate that this must have been worrying for residents of Spalding, I ask that people keep in mind that the weapon located was an imitation firearm. We had no way of knowing at the time of the report whether this a real firearm which is why we took the matter so seriously, deployed specialist officers to the scene and closed the area. I am sorry for the inconvenience that this may have caused, but when we deal with these types of incident, our number one priority is keeping everyone safe. I hope that residents are reassured that we take these matters so seriously and the good news is that we have taken another weapon off the streets which looked like a viable firearm and have charged a man for its possession."
* Kacper Malkiewicz, 21, of Cross Street, Spalding, has been charged with two counts of Possessing an Imitation Firearm in a Public Place. He has been bailed to appear at Boston Magistates' Court on 19 June.
Release 4 at 16:15, 13 May: Three further men aged 24, 28 and 31 have been arrested in connection with this incident. A 21 year old man, arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm, also remains in police custody.
Release 3 at 11:48, 13 May: We are lifting all road closures.
Release 2 at 11:38, 13 May: We have arrested a man in Spalding on suspicion of possession of a firearm. Thank you to all those concerned for your support, assistance and patience.
Release 1: There are a number of Police resources in the town centre of Spalding following a report of a man who had what looked like a gun in his pocket.
This was reported to us at 09:32 this morning. It is as yet unconfirmed what type of weapon this is, or if it is a replica. There are no reports of threats having been made or injuries.
We appreciate the support of the people of Spalding as we work to apprehend this suspect and ensure everyone’s safety.
As part of this operation we are closing the A151, Winsover Road between the St Thomas Road and Swan Street junctions to both vehicles and pedestrians so we are urging people to avoid the area.
If you have any information that could assist in our investigation please call 101, or 999 if it’s an emergency, with incident reference number 107 of 13 May.
14 May 19 9:47 AM