Armed police detain man with gun outside Walsall pub

Armed police swooped amid fears a man was brandishing a gun outside a village pub in Walsall.

The Queens pub in Pelsall
The Queens pub in Pelsall

Bosses at The Queens pub in Pelsall were told to lock the doors and keep drinkers inside while police dealt with the 52-year-old, who was in a car parked outside.

Police were called to the scene at 7pm yesterday and found a man injured. He was thought to have self harmed and was taken to hospital, where he was detained under the Mental Health Act.

Residents took to social media after seeing police and paramedics at the scene.

Jon Smith wrote on Twitter: “Armed police in Pelsall and hearing someone has a gun. What’s going on?”

West Midlands Police spokesman Lee Page said: “We were called to reports of a man in a vehicle in possession of a firearm.

“He was detained under the Mental Health Act and was taken to hospital by ambulance. A suspected air weapon was seized from the vehicle. Customers and staff at the pub were asked to stay inside and lock the doors as a precaution.”

Pelsall ward councillor Garry Perry said: “It was nothing to do with the pub but someone was in the car park at the side and caused quite a stir.”