Helicopter and armed police called in after reports of man with gun in Doncaster park

Armed officers and the police helicopter were scrambled after reports of a man in a popular Doncaster park with a gun.

By Darren Burke
Sunday, 12th June 2022, 11:07 am
Updated Sunday, 12th June 2022, 11:07 am

Police swooped on Sandall Park in Wheatley last night after reports of a man in the area with an air rifle.

Residents in nearby Clay Lane reported numerous response vehicles, armed officers and the South Yorkshire Police helicopter descending on the area last night.

One said: “They were all over the place, loads of them and the helicopter was up too.”

The police helicopter was drafted in after reports of a man with a gun in a Doncaster park.

A South Yorkshire Police spokesman later confirmed that the incident appeared to have been a false alarm.

A statement said: “We were called at about 8.20pm yesterday to reports of a man in Sandall Park in Doncaster in possession of what was believed to be an air rifle.

“Units attended alongside the NPAS helicopter, but no man matching the description was located and no signs of the described item were found.”