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False alarm on alleged gunman

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Police say the alleged gunman reported on Kent Street was a false alarm.

Over five police units were called into the Stoke area after an informant reported seeing a man in a black hoodie walking along Kent Street with what she thought might have been a gun.

Police searched the area extensively and are satisfied that there was no such person.

“We do not have a person with a gun on Kent St,” says Police Communications Manager, Barbara Dunn.

As a precaution, Birchwood School was notified and staff member Pru Smith says students and staff were safe inside the classrooms the whole time.