A man’s been arrested after firefighters based at Northfield were threatened with a fake gun.
It happened as they dealt with a fire in a suspected cannabis ‘factory’.
Crews were called to Gregory Avenue, Weoley Castle, at 7pm last night (30 Aug) after smoke was seen coming from an electricity supply box.
The mains cable was traced to a terraced house where electricity was found to have been illegally abstracted to power the set-up. Some 300 cannabis plants were discovered inside.
As firefighters dealt with the fire, a man walked past and pointed what appeared to be a handgun at two of them.
Local Police Community Support Officer, Hannah Moseley, was passing on her beat patrols and moved in to detain him until colleagues arrived to make an arrest.
A 20-year-old remains in police custody today on suspicion of possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.
Lee Baker, Station Commander at Northfield, said: “We’re very grateful to PCSO Moseley and colleagues for their support at this incident and prompt arrest of a suspect.
“Eight of our firefighters responded to a 999 call reporting a fire in Gregory Avenue. When they searched the house it soon became clear they were dealing with a suspected cannabis ‘factory’.
“These places can be complex and dangerous for our crews, so for them then also to be faced with a man with a fake gun is beyond words.
“Any threat to, or attack upon, our crews is one too many and will not be tolerated. As in this case, we will work closely with West Midlands Police to bring culprits to justice.”
PCSO Moseley said: “I went to give our fire colleagues a chuck with the cannabis farm when one of them pointed out a man they said had pointed a gun at them.
“They felt it was an imitation, but some of these fake guns look like the real thing and can be very scary.
“I knew a response car would be a few minutes arriving and didn’t want the bloke to get away, so I went after him, grabbed his arm and told him ‘you’re not bringing a gun on my patch’.
“He could see I was really angry – I think he was a bit shocked – and I kept hold of him until back-up arrived to arrest him.
“I can’t believe anyone would point a gun, real or otherwise, at fire or ambulance crews: these are people who are here to protect and save lives.”
Birmingham Police Inspector Lee Trinder added: “Hannah’s hugely passionate about her job and the communities she serves. I’m not surprised by her actions, but she still deserves lots of credit for her bravery.”
Police enquiries are on-going into the cannabis factory.