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Suspect appears in court charged with firearm offence

A man has appeared in court after police were called to reports of a suspected firearm being discharged.

Officers attended Cherry Tree Close, Brinsley, at around 8:45 am on Thursday (15 June) after a member of the public reported hearing a gunshot.

A search of the area took place and officers quickly located a suspect close to the River Erewash with support from the force’s dog section.

Samuel Kelham, of Cherry Tree Close, appeared at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on Friday (16 June).

The 34-year-old has been charged with possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, possession of a firearm during a five-year period following a suspended sentence, possession of cocaine and possession of firearm ammunition during a five-year period following a suspended sentence.

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He was remanded in custody until his next appearance at Nottingham Crown Court on 14 July 2023.

Detective Sergeant Charlotte Henson, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Officers responded quickly to this incident – as we always do whenever there is a report of a suspected firearm being involved.

“I am pleased we have placed this suspect before the courts at the earliest opportunity. If anyone has any further information which could help with our inquiries, or if you were in the Cherry Tree Close area around this time, please get in touch.”

Inspector Mike Ebbins, the neighbourhood policing inspector for the Brinsley area, said: “I understand the incident may have caused some concern within the community so I hope our robust response, arrest and charge provides some reassurance to them.

“If anyone has any further concerns I would urge them to speak to an officer. I would also like to reassure people that this was an isolated incident and not linked to the disturbance at Brinsley Recreation Ground on Wednesday.”

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