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UPDATE: Armed police swoop on car on M6 after incident in Ulverston
THREE men from Liverpool remain in police custody this morning after armed police were deployed to stop a car on the M6 at Carnforth yesterday.
The arrests followed an incident in Ulverston when Cumbria Police received reports just after 5pm that three men had visited three different properties in the town and appeared to be looking for a man.
There were unconfirmed reports that they may have been armed so, as a precaution, armed officers were deployed to the scene on North Lonsdale Road.
Two people from Ulverston, a man aged 23 and a woman aged 28, were found with minor injuries but did not require hospital treatment.
The men were seen to leave the area in a vehicle and police patrols across the area were alerted.
At around 5.30pm, officers spotted a Mercedes 220 heading towards the M6 and followed it onto the motorway.
The car was stopped on the southbound carriageway shortly before junction 35 at Carnforth.
Three men from Liverpool, aged 29, 34, and 37, were arrested on suspicion of assault, burglary and being concerned in the supply of drugs.
Officers searched the car, assisted by a police dog from Lancashire Constabulary, but no weapons were found. A significant quantity of cash and handcuffs were seized.
Police stressed that no pursuit took place and the occupants of the vehicle complied when requested to pull over.
A rolling road block was put in place on the motorway to keep motorists back while officers dealt with the incident.
On Twitter, eyewitness Dave Gill wrote: "Some kind of major police raid on m6 going south nr carnforth. They have stopped traffic, 2 men on knees, gun pointing at car."
A police spokesman said there was no evidence of a link to a similar incident which took place in Egremont, West Cumbria, at 2.38am on Saturday.
Armed police were deployed after receiving word that three men in a car may have had a handgun.
A Vauxhall Corsa failed to stop for officers responding to reports of an altercation in the town centre.
The car was later found crashed on the A5086 but no weapon was found inside.
Three men from Merseyside were arrested on suspicion of public disorder, failing to stop for police and drink driving.