PC taken off duty after firing gun at police station

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image captionThe blank-firing pistol was "being booked in to property" at Leigh Police Station, GMP said.

A police officer fired a confiscated gun at a police station, prompting an investigation.

Greater Manchester Police said the blank-firing pistol was discharged by a police constable while it was being processed at Leigh Police Station on Tuesday 15 December.

An investigation was launched and the officer was "taken off front-line duty for his shift", the force said.

A senior officer "strongly advised him of his conduct", a spokesman added.

Further details of the circumstances have not been revealed although nobody was hurt and no damage was caused, police said.

The force spokesman said: "A referral to the force's Professional Standards Branch was made and a decision was taken that the matter would be dealt with at a district level where a senior officer strongly advised him of his conduct."

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