All was not as it seemed when officers were called to reports of men with a long-barrelled gun on a motorway bridge in North Yorkshire.
A member of the public reported several men in two cars on a flyover of the A1(M) at Dishforth yesterday (December 21).
One man opened the boot of a car and took out what the member of the public described as a “long-barrelled gun”.
The Operational Support Unit was sent in along with armed officers.
A drone camera was launched to gather information as part of the police response.
It turned out the three men did intend to shoot something but only photographs.
Their hobby was truck-spotting and the “long-barrel gun” was actually a long-lens camera which they used to take shots of passing wagons.
After checking all was well, officers left them to it.
“The member of the public was absolutely right to report their suspicions. Always better to be safe than sorry” said a North Yorkshire Police spokesperson