POLICE who were shot at during a firearms incident in Stratton last night showed bravery in a frightening situation, a senior officer has said.

A man arrested afterwards remains in custody this morning.

Insp Andy Bridge, from Swindon North Community Policing Team, said: "Last night’s events were clearly shocking and worrying for everyone involved - both the people living in the area and the emergency services who responded.


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"Luckily, nobody was injured as a result of the incident and officers were able to resolve the situation relatively quickly.

"I would like to commend all the police officers and staff who attended last night and found themselves in a very frightening position.

"They showed bravery and professionalism in very difficult circumstances.

"I would also like to thank all the members of the public in the area for their patience whilst we brought the incident under control, and I would like to reassure everyone that we will now be carrying out a detailed investigation to determine exactly what happened."

Police said in a statement they were called at 7.30pm yesterday to a domestic disorder in Darling Close, Lower Stratton.

It was quickly established that a man at the address had a suspected firearm, so armed police were dispatched.

People nearby were asked to remain inside the Dockle Farmhouse and the New Inn pubs for safety.

Armed police contained the area around the house and, shortly before 9.30pm a 31-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm, criminal damage and assaulting an emergency worker.

He remains in custody at Gablecross Police Station.

No one was injured but a woman in her 60s was taken to hospital in Bristol after suffering a medical episode.

Anyone with information is asked to call Swindon CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.