A man has been arrested after reportedly being seen in possession of a firearm near the A414 in St Albans.

The incident took place on Monday afternoon (March 20), when the sighting of a man with the weapon was reported to Hertfordshire Constabulary.

Officers arrested a 53-year-old man after attending the scene.

He has since been released on bail, while police continue their enquiries.


"Extensive searches" for the weapon have since been conducted in a wooded area near London Colney.

However, no weapon has yet been found.

A spokesperson for Hertfordshire Constabulary said: "Police have conducted searches near the A414 in St Albans as part of ongoing enquiries into an incident where a man was reportedly seen in possession of what was believed to have been a firearm on the afternoon of Monday, March 20.


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"Officers attended the area and a 53-year-old man was subsequently arrested. He been released on bail while enquiries continue.

"Extensive searches of a wooded area near London Colney were conducted, but no weapon was found.

"No one was injured during the incident."

Information can be reported online at herts.police.uk/report, or by calling the non-emergency number 101.

Anonymous information can be given by contacting the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111, or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.