FRIDAY, JULY 27: Police are concerned about the high number of incidents in which people have “brandished” imitation firearms and air pistols.

In other cases, “it is clear that by their words and actions some persons have sought to put people in fear that they are carrying a firearm”, a police spokesman said.

The spokesman added: “Aside from the criminal offences that might be associated with these actions, the Bermuda Police Service is very concerned that any person behaving in this manner is putting themselves and others at risk, particularly when challenged by armed police.

“Our highly trained firearms officers are prepared for a range of critical situations but they cannot be expected to distinguish between a real and an imitation firearm during an incident.”