TWO imitation firearms have been seized from teenagers who were playing with them in a public place. Police have issued a warning after the two replica guns were confiscated from youngsters in Huntingdonshire earlier this month.

The guns, which are used

TWO imitation firearms have been seized from teenagers who were playing with them in a public place.

Police have issued a warning after the two replica guns were confiscated from youngsters in Huntingdonshire earlier this month.

The guns, which are used for airsoft games, had been made to look like an Armalite M15 assault rifle and a long barrelled snipers rifle.

Airsoft guns fire plastic BB bullets using compressed air and should only be used in areas dedicated to airsoft activities.

The use, or possession of any kind of replica weapon, loaded or otherwise in a public place is an offence.

Inspector Vic Galpin said: "These airsoft guns are regularly designed to look like the real thing but these are two of the most realistic imitations I have ever seen.

"We would like to send a strong message that these can only be legally used at areas dedicated to airsoft and paintball activities.

"As well as facing possible fines and prosecution anyone found carrying these items in public is placing themselves in danger.

"In certain circumstances, like poor light, these guns could easy be mistaken for the real thing and after giving a clear warning officers have a duty to disarm anyone who refuses to comply.