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Off-duty cop detains suspect after 'firearm' brandished on board Wolverhampton tram

Metro services in Wolverhampton were briefly delayed last night after an off-duty police officer detained a suspect for brandishing a firearm on board.

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The moment two uniformed officers boarded the tram and arrested the suspect.

After fellow passengers aided the officer in contacting the driver, the tram was brought to a halt at The Royal station.

Keeping one arm on the suspect, the policeman - who was dressed in plain gym clothes - contacted firearms officers with his mobile phone.

Discussion amongst passengers overheard by an eyewitness suggested the suspect was detained for brandishing a firearm.

Uniformed officers soon arrived and put the suspect, a young male, in handcuffs.

The off-duty officer confirmed to people on the tram that he was indeed arrested.

An eyewitness said: "I didn't see the 'firearm' but other passengers said it was a BB gun.

"People on board weren't really scared as it was probably just Halloween idiocy, and I even saw an elderly woman telling the suspect's friends off.

"Most people just rolled their eyes," he continued.

British Transport Police said: "BTP received a report of a male with a weapon on-board a tram in Wolverhampton at 5.04pm on 31 October.

"Officers attended, searched the male and recovered a BB gun.

"A 16-year-old male was arrested on suspicion of possessing an imitation firearm and has since been released pending further enquiries."

West Midlands Metro said in a statement: "We can confirm trams were held for about 10 minutes at the request of the police while they made an arrest."

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