Boy charged after police fire baton round in Bedford

A youth who had a plastic baton round fired at him by police in Bedford has been charged with a firearms offence.

A boy, 16, was charged with possession of a firearm or imitation with intent to cause unlawful violence after police confronted him on Wednesday.

Officers were searching for the boy on a recall-to-prison warrant when the plastic rounds were fired at him near Ampthill Road.

He is in custody and is due to appear before Luton magistrates on 28 August.

The boy was wanted for breaching the conditions of his release from custody, where he was serving a sentence for grievous bodily harm.

Police said he approached unarmed officers in the street with a suspected firearm, causing armed units to fire a baton round.

The weapon was recovered from the scene and is being examined by firearms experts.

He was taken to hospital for a check-up, but only sustained bruising from the incident, police said.

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