Armed officers challenge lightsaber man in Plymouth

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Image caption Lightsabers originated in the Star Wars films

Armed police officers called to reports of an armed man at a busy shopping centre found the suspect carrying a lightsaber.

Police in Plymouth sped to the Drake's Circus shopping centre after members of the public reported a man thought to be carrying a rifle.

But when the armed response vehicle arrived at the scene officers found the man was carrying a lightsaber in a bag.

In a tweet Devon and Cornwall Police quipped, "May the force be with you!"

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Image caption Armed response officers were called to deal with a man who turned out to be carrying a lightsaber

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said officers were called just before 12:00 GMT to reports of a man in his 50s "possibly in possession of a rifle".

The misunderstanding was made clear when officers approached the man and no arrests were made.

Lightsabers originated in the Star Wars movies and are classed as toys, rather than weapons.

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