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Rock band The Thirst arrested at gunpoint by 30 officers after council CCTV official mistakes music equipment for handgun

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Gavin Dahl
UK Daily Mail
Monday, Nov 30th, 2009

A police force has apologised after 30 armed officers in a fleet of vehicles and a helicopter swooped on innocent band members as they prepared for a gig.

Staffordshire Police held four members of The Thirst at gunpoint, along with their manager and a friend – after a council CCTV operator falsely informed the force that the men had a handgun in their car.

Closer examination of the security footage showed the band – who have supported the Rolling Stones and the Sex Pistols – simply unloading their instruments and equipment and using jump leads to start one of their cars.

The force initially said the officers had acted ‘appropriately and proportionately’ but a senior officer later apologised unreservedly to the six men, from Brixton, south London.

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