Three arrested on A2 in Kent after armed police stop taxi

A2 Ebbsfleet junction Image copyright Google
Image caption Two lanes were closed by police during the incident on the A2

Three people have been arrested on suspicion of firearms offences after armed police stopped a taxi in Kent.

The vehicle was stopped on the A2 London-bound, near the junction for Ebbsfleet, shortly after 18:00 BST.

Kent Police said it followed a report that one of the occupants had earlier been seen in possession of a firearm.

Three passengers in the vehicle were taken into custody, while the road was closed to ensure public safety. Two lanes have since reopened.

Officers also searched a vehicle in the nearby Woodlands Park area, which was believed to be linked to the incident.

A spokesman for the force said there was no risk to the wider public.

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