POLICE increased their presence after a shooting.
An investigation has been opened following reports of a shooting at a house in Durrington Lane, Durrington on Friday April 8.
Officers and a police helicopter attended the scene to ensure the welfare of residents and help locate the suspects.
However, police later confirmed that it was a false report.
On Monday, April 11, police said they had increased their presence in the area following the shooting.
“Officers attended the scene and secured the area to ensure the well-being of the occupants,” a police spokesperson said.
“Investigations are ongoing and the public can expect to see an increased police presence in the area.”
Following the initial report, a spokesman for Sussex Police said: “There were no injuries and inquiries have revealed it was in fact a hoax.
“We would like to thank the public for their patience and understanding as we responded to this report.
“We would also like to remind everyone that making a prank call is an extremely serious offense that takes emergency services away from the real emergencies, and this report will be thoroughly investigated.”
Members of the public took to social media last night to report hearing ‘gunshots’ and that locals were told to close all windows and lock their doors.
Photos taken in Salvington Road, Worthing, show officers taking swabs and photographs from a phone box. They also cordoned off the area.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to report it online or call 101, quoting serial number 1335 of 08/04.
You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online. www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
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This notice was published: 2022-04-11 08:51:43