Armed officers descended on Roundswell on Tuesday evening (May 7) after reports of someone with a handgun entering a house.

The police helicopter was also hovering over the housing estate in Barnstaple after the call came in at around 4.10pm.

An eyewitness reported a group of people entering the premises with one man possessing an suspected handgun.

A containment was placed around the property and one man was seen leaving the premises.

He was detained with the assistance of the helicopter, and another six people were removed from the house and detained my police.

An imitation BB gun was located and seized.

A police spokesman said no arrests were made, there were no injuries or threats and no offences had been committed.

Officers stood down at around 6pm.