A man has been arrested on suspicion of possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear at Ladbrokes in Slough High Street yesterday afternoon.

Armed officers went to the bookmaker’s store at 5.10 pm after reports were received of a man with a gun.

A 31-year-old man from Slough was arrested and kept overnight in police custody.

The firearm was established as an imitation and no-one was injured.

Inspector John Braddy, of Slough police station, said: “I would like to reassure the public that we have made an arrest in connection with this incident, and that no one was hurt.

“Our armed officers arrived at the scene within minutes of being called and an arrest was made.

“I understand that this would have caused concern within the immediate community, but I would like to offer reassurance in the fact that our officers arrived on the scene promptly.

“We are already reviewing CCTV, taking witness statements and carrying out forensic examinations.

“A scene watch will remain in place while officers make enquiries.

“People in the community are likely to see an increased presence of police officers as reassurance patrols are taking place in the area. If anyone has anything they wish to raise with an officer, please approach and speak to them.

“I would like to thank the public for their patience while we dealt with this incident, and anyone with any information that can help with our investigation is asked to call 101, quoting URN 1015 1/9.”