“He wasn’t bringing a gun on my patch” – PCSO praised for tackling gunman
UPDATE FROM WEST MIDLANDS FIRE SERVICE: Since this unfortunate incident, it's emerged that the young man who was arrested has learning difficulties.
He's extremely sorry and remorseful for what happened, and our colleagues at West Midlands Police have released him with a caution.
We've been in touch with his mum ourselves and are looking at how we can work with them to offer the young man some support and mentoring.
We're pleased that these events will hopefully have a more positive outcome.
A West Midlands PCSO has been praised by fire fighters for her swift action in detaining a man who threatened them with an imitation gun.
Fire crews were called to Gregory Avenue, Weoley Castle, at 7pm last night (30 Aug) after smoke was seen billowing from an electricity supply box.
The mains cable was traced to a terraced home where electricity was found to have been illegally abstracted to power a 300-plant cannabis factory.
As fire fighters worked to make the property safe a man walked past and pointed a handgun at two of the crew members.
However, local Police Community Support Officer Hannah Moseley (pictured) was passing on her beat patrols and moved in to detain him until colleagues arrived at the scene to make an arrest.
A 20-year-old man remains in police custody today on suspicion of possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.
Hannah, who has been a PCSO with the force for 10 years, said: “I went to give our fire colleagues a chuck with the cannabis farm when one of them pointed out a man they said had pointed a gun at them.
“They felt it was an imitation – but some of these fake guns look like the real thing and can be very scary for people.
“I knew a response car would be a few minutes arriving and didn’t want the bloke to get away…so I went after him, grabbed his arm and told him you’re not bringing a gun on my patch.
“He could see I was really angry – I think he was a bit shocked – and I kept hold of him until back-up arrived to arrest him.
“I can’t believe anyone would point a gun, real or otherwise, at fire or ambulance crews: these are people who are here to protect and save lives.”
Hannah has worked as a PCSO in Weoley Castle for the last three years having previously served communities in Dudley.
Lee Baker, Station Commander at Northfield Community Fire Station, added: "We're very grateful to PCSO Moseley and colleagues for their support at this incident and prompt arrest of a suspect.
"Cannabis factories can be complex and dangerous for our crews, so then also being faced with a man with a fake gun is beyond words.
"Any threat to, or attack upon, our fire-fighters is one too many and will not be tolerated. As in this case, we will work closely with West Midlands Police to bring culprits to justice."
And Birmingham Police Inspector Lee Trinder praised Hannah’s actions.
He said: “Hannah’s hugely passionate about her job and the communities she serves – I’m not surprised by her actions, it’s in her nature to do the right thing, but she still deserves lots of credit for her bravery.
“She’s a real credit to the team…not just last night but on every shift.”
Police enquiries are on-going into the cannabis factory.