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Lowestoft – Man appears at court charged with air weapon offence

A 19-year-old man has appeared before magistrates charged with an air weapon offence in Lowestoft.

The incident occurred at approximately 9.40pm on Saturday 13 November at the Britten Centre in London Road North.

A group of people who were sat on benches in London Road North heard what they believed to be a bang coming from inside the Britten Centre.

They went inside to find out what had caused the noise and it transpired that a flashbang grenade had been set off (which is a form of firework).

Following this, two members of the group allege that they were threatened by a man who was known to them and appeared to be in possession of what they believed to be a gun.

Police located a suspect in the town later that night at 12.20am, who was arrested and taken to Great Yarmouth Police Investigation Centre for questioning.

Chay Shields of Raglan Street, Lowestoft, was subsequently charged with possession of an imitation Glock air pistol with intent to cause fear of violence.

Shields appeared before Norwich Magistrates’ Court on Monday 15 November, where he was remanded in custody pending a next hearing at Ipswich Crown Court on Monday 13 December.

Members of the public are reminded that being in possession of an imitation firearm in a public place, without lawful authority or reasonable excuse, is an offence which carries a maximum penalty of 12 months’ imprisonment if convicted.