Armed police incident in Moortown confirmed as a hoax

An armed police incident which closed a road in Leeds in the early hours of Sunday morning has been confirmed as a hoax.

Monday, 22nd March 2021, 4:02 pm
Queenshill Avenue, Moortown (photo: Google/ police stock image)
Queenshill Avenue, Moortown (photo: Google/ police stock image)

North Leeds residents took to social media late on Saturday night and early on Sunday morning to question what was going on nearby as a number of people living in and around the Alwoodley and Moortown areas said they had seen a police helicopter.

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One person responded and said they had seen that Queenshill Avenue in Moortown had been closed off with 'lots' of armed police.

The armed police presence caused a stir among local residents, with a number of them posting on Facebook saying they had got out of bed to check their doors were locked.

A spokesperson for West Yorkshire Police has since confirmed that this was in response to a hoax call reporting a firearm, but that they cannot provide any more details.