Here is the moment a man dressed as a Marvel comicbook character was arrested following reports of a gunman in Canary Wharf .
Police are assessing whether the gun the 29-year-old, who was arrested at West India Quay DLR station, was carrying was in fact an air rifle
Armed police swooped on the estate after a witness reported seeing a man walking over the footbridge towards West India Quay carrying a shotgun and a brown suitcase.
It is believed he was dressed as the Winter Solider, a character from the most recent Captain America film, who is described on Marvel.com as “highly skilled in both unarmed and armed hand-to-hand combat and an extremely accurate marksman”.
He may have been on his way to Brighton Film and Comic Con.
A witness told The Mirror : “Word spread around Canary Wharf of a man armed with a shotgun – your mind immediately jumps to terrorism in the current climate.
“We saw armed police gathering at the dock but they didn’t seem too concerned.
“They didn’t put up a cordon or keep people away so we assumed it wasn’t too serious.
“Then I heard them shouting ‘we’ve got him’.”
Police confirmed they arrested a 29-year-old man on suspicion of carrying a firearm, which is believed to be an air rifle.
A police spokesman said: “A man has been arrested in the Canary Wharf area after police were called to reports of a person in possession of a firearm.
“Police received the reports at approximately 2.15pm on Saturday, November 7.
“Police officers, including armed officers, attended the location and a 29-year-old man was arrested shortly before 3pm at West India Quay station on suspicion of possession of a firearm.
“While we await analysis of the weapon recovered, it is believed to be an air rifle.”
Canary Wharf Group later tweeted: “Reports of man with firearm at Canary Wharf are incorrect.
“Man was carrying non-lethal Airsoft hobby equipment."