Armed police incident in Northampton was a ‘training exercise’

Armed police in Burryport Road, Brackmills in Northampton. NNL-150513-150516001
Armed police in Burryport Road, Brackmills in Northampton. NNL-150513-150516001

Armed police officers carried out a “training exercise” on a road in the Brackmills area of Northampton today.

The Chronicle & Echo was contacted by a member of the public shortly after 3pm after two marked cars were seen pulling over a vehicle in Burryport Road.

The officers could be seeing pointing their guns at the vehicle and then arrested the driver.

However, a Northamptonshire Police spokeswoman said the driver of the vehicle was actually a police officer and the incident was all part of a “training exercise”.

She said: “As part of their training the armed officers have to be in real-life scenarios to make it as realistic as possible.

“The man arrested was actually a police officer in plain clothes. None of the guns were loaded with live ammunition.”