Boy with toy gun sparks armed police and helicopter hunt in Potters Bar
PUBLISHED: 12:21 12 April 2019 | UPDATED: 12:25 12 April 2019
A police helicopter was out over Potters Bar last night, but the situation wasn't as dangerous as residents feared.
Police were called at 7.26pm yesterday to reports that a woman had seen what she believed to be a male carrying a handgun in the front garden of a property in Elmfield Road, Potters Bar.
Officers, including those from the Armed Policing Unit and the National Police Air Service (NPAS), immediately attended the scene.
After asking a few questions, it was finally established that what the woman had seen was a 12-year-old boy wearing a balaclava and playing with a toy gun.
The boy has been spoken to by officers and given words of advice.