And finally… friendly fire

Police officers responding to reports of machine-gun fire and screams arrived to find a children’s birthday party in the middle of a foam pellet gun battle.

Oliver Green, who was celebrating his eighth birthday, told BBC News he “put my hands up and dropped my gun” when officers arrived at his party in Yaxham, Norfolk.

A concerned neighbour apparently called 999 after hearing screams and firecrackers which sounded like gunfire.

Three officers responded to the call but, upon finding there was no danger, stayed for a while to celebrate the child’s birthday.

Oliver added: “I thought I was being arrested but it was a great party.”

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