Police are appealing for witnesses to contact them following an incident in Milton Keynes in which three teenagers were threatened with a firearm.

The incident occurred at around 7.25pm on Thursday 16 May. It happened on the footbridge spanning Childs Way between the Milton Keynes Xscape car park and Pencarrow Place in Fishermead.

Two young girls and a boy approached the footbridge when a young male, aged in his mid to late teens approached them.

The boy produced a weapon which appeared to be a pistol, from his waist band and raised it.

The three children ran off and they heard a sound which appeared to be a discharge of the weapon as they left the scene.

The offender is described as a white teenage boy aged between 16 and 20 years old, around 5ft 6ins tall with an average build.

He had dirty blond hair and was wearing a light grey hooded top and light grey bottoms.

None of the children were injured during the incident.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Scott Dempsey said, “I am appealing for anybody who witnessed this incident to make contact with us.

“I am particularly looking to speak to a specific witness – a woman who was seen on CCTV and appeared to have intervened and spoke to the offender. I believe this woman will have crucial information to assist in our investigation.

“I appreciate that this is a concerning incident, but there is nothing to suggest any wider threat, and I believe the weapon to have been a starter pistol or something similar.”

DC Dempsey added that police are investigating thoroughly, and urged any potential witnesses or people with information to get in contact.

He said, “We are investigating this incident thoroughly to bring the offender to justice.

“I am urging anybody who has any information, or who knows who the offender is, to contact 101, quoting reference number 43190147498.

“If you do not wish to speak directly with police, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or make a report online.

“I believe that someone will know who the offender is, and would encourage them to come forward and report this to us.”