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Band held as armed police swoop after Burntwood gig

The Thirst

The Thirst

A band were held by police after armed officers swooped following a gig in Burntwood.

Brixton-based four-piece The Thirst and members of their backstage team were held after CCTV operators claimed they had seen a firearm in the band’s van.

The group had just performed at The Oak at Sankeys Corner on Saturday (November 21) when the police officers arrived, according to a BBC report.

The band’s manager, Kingsley Slater, admitted they were shocked. He said:

“We had no idea what was going on. They just told us they had had information given to them, but would not say any more than that.”

A Staffordshire Police spokesperson told the BBC:

“Armed officers were deployed and six men were arrested outside the Oak pub in Burntwood. After further investigation and viewing of the CCTV footage, the six men were released without charge. No firearm was found.”

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