Drama as armed police surround film students in Trowbridge

Armed police question the film students in the underground car park

Armed police question the film students in the underground car park

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College students filming a drama involving fake weapons in an underground car park found themselves surrounded by armed police this afternoon.

A member of staff from a nearby store at The Shires in Trowbridge became alarmed at the sight of a gun and dialled 999, and the Wiltshire Police rapid response team was scrambled.

Ironically, among the group of teenagers from Wiltshire College were the same students who helped police shoot a film about the dangers of carrying imitation weapons.

Last December film students from the college’s Trowbridge campus won a contest launched by Wiltshire’s Firearms and Knife Education (FAKE) team, and produced a warning video about carrying fake firearms.

Armed officers worked with the students on the project and appeared in the winning film, which was shot at the derelict Bowyers factory.

The college said the students heeded the lessons learned from the film and rang police to warn them that they would be filming today with replica guns, however, the message didn’t get through.

Two police cars containing armed response officers arrived at 1.25pm, and set up a cordon around the scene, barricading the entrance to the car park.

Wiltshire College spokesman Ed Dyer said: “There were a couple of students from this college filming down there, but they had phoned the police to tell them what was going on, and they obviously didn’t communicate that with their response teams.

“The amusing part is one of the students involved also made the film about the dangers of carrying fake firearms, so they were pretty surprised to see the police turning up.

“It sounds like a breakdown in communications with the police.”

A police spokesman said: “A member of the public thought they saw someone with a gun and called it in, but it was a group of college students filming with replica guns.

“They have been given words of advice about doing it in a public area.

“It may have been they told our local officers, who failed to pass on the information to the response teams.”

The video which they produced alongside the FAKE team has been used in schools and youth centres across the county.

A police spokesman said: “Wiltshire Police were called on 101 to inform us of the filming, but unfortunately this was not passed on to local officers or the response team.

"We are looking into this breakdown in communication.”

  • If you were one of the students involved in the filming, please ring our reporter Adam Care to tell him your reaction on 01225 773645

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11:32pm Wed 21 May 14

amoonraker says...

Let me get this right - if you want to shoot a film about guns being carried in a car park then you must film it in your kitchen - with the curtains drawn, of course !!
Let me get this right - if you want to shoot a film about guns being carried in a car park then you must film it in your kitchen - with the curtains drawn, of course !! amoonraker
  • Score: 6

7:50am Thu 22 May 14

sporty2 says...

So these students contacted the local police to let them know they were filming but the local police failed to tell the armed response unit and the students are the ones that get a talking too??!! What a joke!
So these students contacted the local police to let them know they were filming but the local police failed to tell the armed response unit and the students are the ones that get a talking too??!! What a joke! sporty2
  • Score: 32

8:33am Thu 22 May 14

Dr H Z Hackenbush says...

Still it must of been nice for the armed response team to get out of the office, get away from the dartboard, giving Jeremy Kyle a break and best of all meeting the lovely people of Trowbridge, mind you there are far too many students so a bit of target practice would have been good!
Still it must of been nice for the armed response team to get out of the office, get away from the dartboard, giving Jeremy Kyle a break and best of all meeting the lovely people of Trowbridge, mind you there are far too many students so a bit of target practice would have been good! Dr H Z Hackenbush
  • Score: 13

9:04am Fri 23 May 14

politepanda says...

They rang the police. Which means they rang a civilian sitting in an office in Devizes.
The civilian is supervised by another civilian.
Who didn't pass the message to the Police?
Not the kids at the college.
Not the Police.
They rang the police. Which means they rang a civilian sitting in an office in Devizes. The civilian is supervised by another civilian. Who didn't pass the message to the Police? Not the kids at the college. Not the Police. politepanda
  • Score: 3

11:09am Fri 23 May 14

frankie007 says...

Who do said civilians work for?
Who do said civilians work for? frankie007
  • Score: 0

11:34am Fri 23 May 14

Dr H Z Hackenbush says...

Civilian or not the Muppet who took the call didn't pass it on!
Civilian or not the Muppet who took the call didn't pass it on! Dr H Z Hackenbush
  • Score: 6

2:50pm Fri 23 May 14

politepanda says...

frankie007 wrote:
Who do said civilians work for?
I sometimes wonder - based on some of the responses they've made to the public!!
[quote][p][bold]frankie007[/bold] wrote: Who do said civilians work for?[/p][/quote]I sometimes wonder - based on some of the responses they've made to the public!! politepanda
  • Score: 2

2:50pm Fri 23 May 14

politepanda says...

frankie007 wrote:
Who do said civilians work for?
I sometimes wonder - based on some of the responses they've made to the public!!
[quote][p][bold]frankie007[/bold] wrote: Who do said civilians work for?[/p][/quote]I sometimes wonder - based on some of the responses they've made to the public!! politepanda
  • Score: 1

6:08pm Sat 24 May 14

beetawix says...

Most reporting systems require a note field to be completed before being automaticaly forwarded to theose who act on it.
So it is possible that Dr H's muppet did pass the message correctly while others failed to read it or to digest it or ignored it.
Most reporting systems require a note field to be completed before being automaticaly forwarded to theose who act on it. So it is possible that Dr H's muppet did pass the message correctly while others failed to read it or to digest it or ignored it. beetawix
  • Score: 2

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