A robbery suspect ‘swapped a machete for a plastic fork’ being arrested at gunpoint.
Firearms officers swooped on a 22-year-old male in Crombey Street, Swindon town centre, at around 1.45pm on Friday afternoon (31 March).
Witnesses saw two men detained at gunpoint in the broad-daylight stop by armed police, with a machete uncovered when one of the men was searched.
He was arrested on suspicion of robbery and possession of a bladed article; he is believed to be linked to a spate of armed robberies in the area.
A spokesperson for Wiltshire Police Specialist Operations said: “This serious weapon was located during searches, and is now off our streets! It’s been swapped for a plastic spork in custody!”
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