'Military weapon' found at Booker was a replica

'Military weapon' found at Booker was a replica

'Military weapon' found at Booker was a replica

'Military weapon' found at Booker was a replica

First published in News Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

THE ‘military weapon’ discovered buried in the ground at Booker Common was in fact a replica, police revealed today.

An area or Horns Lane was cordoned off for two days last month after a member of the public reported disturbed ground in the woodlands.

Armed police and forensics descended on the location to investigate and a 23-year-old man was arrested last week on suspicion of possessing a weapon for the discharge of noxious liquid or gas.

But he was released without charge on Tuesday after experts found the equipment was not in fact a military weapon – but a replica.

Chief Inspector Colin Seaton, deputy area commander for Wycombe, told the BFP today: “I understand there has been concern within the community following our recent investigations in Booker.

“With any incident of this nature we do have to make sure that it is thoroughly investigated, and take every possible step to ensure the safety of the public in the meantime.

“We can now confirm that, after being examined by specialists, the equipment that was found is not actually military equipment, but a replica.

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused while our investigation was in progress and hope that you can understand our reasons why we responded as we did.”

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5:44pm Thu 15 Nov 12

ivor says...

Fiddlesticks! An expert would have known it was a replica straight away so why create so much fuss, confusion and worry cordoning off the area and drafting in armed police, etc....
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The terrible lack of information and overreaction created more worry that was necessary.
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Hopefully the newly elected Police Commissioner can get a grip on things and get a proper public relations and information strategy in place to avoid a repeat.
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Have you read Ivor’s blog today? Click on the “BLOGS” link at the top of the page.
Fiddlesticks! An expert would have known it was a replica straight away so why create so much fuss, confusion and worry cordoning off the area and drafting in armed police, etc.... ~ The terrible lack of information and overreaction created more worry that was necessary. ~ Hopefully the newly elected Police Commissioner can get a grip on things and get a proper public relations and information strategy in place to avoid a repeat. ~ Have you read Ivor’s blog today? Click on the “BLOGS” link at the top of the page. ivor
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5:57pm Thu 15 Nov 12

realist_highwycombe says...

Your comments above just go to show just how much rubbish you actually talk.

The military were actually up there on the day after it was found! That has already been widely discussed on here!

So they had the "experts" there from the start and even they were clearly fooled by it!
Your comments above just go to show just how much rubbish you actually talk. The military were actually up there on the day after it was found! That has already been widely discussed on here! So they had the "experts" there from the start and even they were clearly fooled by it! realist_highwycombe
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