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Witnesses Sought After Firearms Incident in Charmouth

Man Seen Wandering In Charmouth Armed With a Gun

Authorities are urging witnesses to provide information concerning a reported firearms situation in Charmouth.

On Saturday, 12 August 2023, at 7.42am, Dorset Police received a communication from the ambulance service about a male, believed to require medical attention, seen wandering in Charmouth armed with a gun.

It is purported that during this episode, the individual threatened two individuals.

A comprehensive search of the vicinity, encompassing both the village and cliff-top regions, was conducted by officers, including those from patrol, armed response, the dog unit, and with the support of the NPAS helicopter.

The individual, a man in his 50s, was apprehended at 9.30am on charges of carrying a firearm in public. A weapon believed to be the firearm was subsequently retrieved.

Detective Inspector Rhys Griffiths, affiliated with County CID, commented: “The event necessitated a significant mobilisation of police and emergency resources. I acknowledge the unease it may have induced among the public present at the location.

Fortunately, there were no injuries resulting from this situation. We extend our gratitude to the local populace for their cooperation and patience as we worked towards a secure resolution.

Those who observed the incident and have yet to liaise with the authorities are encouraged to reach out to Dorset Police to facilitate a comprehensive investigation.”

For any information pertaining to the event, please connect with Dorset Police either through their website at or by dialling 101, referencing occurrence number 55230126885. Alternatively, the independent charity Crimestoppers can be approached without revealing one’s identity either online at or via Freephone at 0800 555 111.

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