Armed police jumped out of two vehicles on Manchester Road, Southport, at approximately 2:45pm this afternoon (Thursday 2nd August 2012) and stopped a male in the street regarding reports of an alleged assault.
The man was searched and placed in the rear of a police vehicle.
Police then walked about 50 yards up Manchester Road and searched the front of a white van that was parked in a driveway.
Nothing was found.
They then questioned a male from the property. Both men were freed a short time later.
Armed police left the scene and local police are carring out enquiries into the incident
Anyone with any information are asked to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111
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