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Officer discharges confiscated gun at Leigh Police Station

The constable fired the gun whilst the weapon was being processed at the station in Wigan back in December.

The Manc The Manc - 20th January 2021
Leigh Police Station

An officer was taken off duty after discharging a firearm inside Leigh Police Station, Greater Manchester Police have confirmed.

A constable triggered the weapon – a blank-firing pistol – whilst it was being processed at the station in Wigan last month.

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The incident – which occurred on December 15 – resulted in no injuries or damage.

The officer involved, however, was “taken off front-line duty for his shift”.

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It is currently unconfirmed as to how the incident unfolded, but an investigation has since been launched and is now ongoing.

A spokesperson released the following statement: “A referral to the force’s Professional Standards Branch was made and a decision was taken that the matter would be dealt with at a district level where a senior officer strongly advised him of his conduct.”