Two potentially lethal weapons have been taken off the streets of Pendle after a crossbow and airgun were seized by police in seperate incidents.
The two weapons were confiscated by police on Tuesday after concerns were raised by members of the public.
Pendle Police's Team 1 seized the airgun, which looked alarmingly like a real handgun, from a car after receiving reports a man had been threatened with it.
A police spokesman said: "We received a call saying that a man had pointed what he believed to be a gun at him. Using a bit of intuition and local knowledge, officers located the vehicle that the man was driving and subsequently stopped it.
"A search of the car found an air pistol located within the fabric of one of the seats along with a balaclava. Genuine pistol or not, the weapon is as close to genuine-looking as it gets, and to carry one in these circumstances is inexcusable."
As a result, a 35 year old man was arrested on suspicion of possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. The item was seized along with a balaclava and some ball bearings.
The alleged offence occurred in Nelson, with the car and driver located a short time afterwards in Colne. He was interviewed and subsequently released on bail.
PC Tom Hayes said: "It’s believed to be an isolated incident, with no suggestion of any involvement from unknown parties, and the imitation firearm has been retained by police."
Meanwhile, in a separate incident, officers also seized a crossbow, bolts, a hockey stick and cannabis from a car in Nelson.