Armed police arrest woman in dressed as Jennifer Lawrence in the Hunger Games after bow and arrow drama in Eastleigh

Daily Echo: One of the arrows recovered by police in Eastleigh One of the arrows recovered by police in Eastleigh

A WOMAN brandishing a bow and arrow was at the centre of a major police drama in a Hampshire street.

Officers armed with guns and others carrying riot shields were deployed to the scene following a 999 call in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Neighbours living in the usually quiet Nutbeem Road, in Eastleigh, told how ten police vehicles arrived just before 1am.

Eyewitnesses told how police then entered a block of flats on the corner of the road at its junction with Blenheim Road, carrying guns and with police dogs on leads.

It is understood the woman lived in a flat inside the block and was dragged, shouting, from the premises by officers.

The Daily Echo was told by witnesses that the woman had the bow and arrow as part of a fancy dress costume, thought to be based on Jennifer Lawrence in the Hunger Games.

Daily Echo: Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss in the Hunger Games

They described how arrows had been fired into the fence that backs on to an alleyway that runs behind local homes.

One resident said they had found an arrow propped up in the alleyway, which they planned to hand in to police.

The Daily Echo understands the bow was a 2.5ft camouflage-coloured hunting compound bow and that three arrows were missing.

The woman who sparked the drama was said to be wearing black gloves and a hunter’s jacket at the time.

A man, who asked not to be named, said he raised the alarm and called 999 amid concerns that a woman was carrying a lethal weapon.

He said he overheard officers saying afterwards that if fired at police it could have been fatal.

Fortunately nobody was injured in the incident.

But yesterday residents living near where the incident happened told of their shock as they watched it unfold.

John Flair, 28, said: “I heard lots of shouting and screaming and looked out the window after it stopped and there were loads of police.

“It’s quite surprising hearing someone was running around with a bow and arrow.”

Helen Martin, 40, who lives nearby, said: “My son said he’d seen police with guns and riot gear.

“He said that someone had a crossbow and that she was screaming as they were arresting her.”

Michelle Smith, 42, said: “I have never heard of anything like that before. It’s concerning, as I have got kids.”

Last night Hampshire police confirmed that a 21-year-old woman from Eastleigh was taken to Southampton General Hospital.

She has been arrested on suspicion of affray and was last night being questioned by police.

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9:50am Wed 30 Apr 14

Brite Spark says...

This woman was probably under the influence of Katniss Everdeen, amongst other things!
This woman was probably under the influence of Katniss Everdeen, amongst other things! Brite Spark
  • Score: 16

10:38am Wed 30 Apr 14

Micle1974 says...

"He said he overheard officers saying afterwards that if fired at police it could have been fatal"

What if it had hit a cat, dog or any other human apart from police?
"He said he overheard officers saying afterwards that if fired at police it could have been fatal" What if it had hit a cat, dog or any other human apart from police? Micle1974
  • Score: 21

10:42am Wed 30 Apr 14

Charlie Bucket says...

Micle1974 wrote:
"He said he overheard officers saying afterwards that if fired at police it could have been fatal"

What if it had hit a cat, dog or any other human apart from police?
Fatal for her, I think they meant.
[quote][p][bold]Micle1974[/bold] wrote: "He said he overheard officers saying afterwards that if fired at police it could have been fatal" What if it had hit a cat, dog or any other human apart from police?[/p][/quote]Fatal for her, I think they meant. Charlie Bucket
  • Score: 30

10:51am Wed 30 Apr 14

SaffaInTheUk says...

Now arrest those freaks in fursuits! Furries are terrifying, grown adults dressing up as animals and hugging children? That's disturbing D:
Now arrest those freaks in fursuits! Furries are terrifying, grown adults dressing up as animals and hugging children? That's disturbing D: SaffaInTheUk
  • Score: 8

11:03am Wed 30 Apr 14

Hampton01 says...

I think they meant that if she had fired at the police then they would have had to open fire & prob have killed her mayb
I think they meant that if she had fired at the police then they would have had to open fire & prob have killed her mayb Hampton01
  • Score: 10

11:07am Wed 30 Apr 14

normal1965 says...

well over the top.i know of a man who was brandishing a knife at loads of people and only 2 police turned up.waste of public money if you ask me.pmsl
well over the top.i know of a man who was brandishing a knife at loads of people and only 2 police turned up.waste of public money if you ask me.pmsl normal1965
  • Score: -10

11:15am Wed 30 Apr 14

Brite Spark says...

I cant believe that the DE changed the headline AFTER I referred to Katniss Everdeen! Where's my commission!!
I cant believe that the DE changed the headline AFTER I referred to Katniss Everdeen! Where's my commission!! Brite Spark
  • Score: 17

11:38am Wed 30 Apr 14

Shirley_Girl says...

normal1965 wrote:
well over the top.i know of a man who was brandishing a knife at loads of people and only 2 police turned up.waste of public money if you ask me.pmsl
Would you have said that if she'd had a gun? "Oh its ok, its just a fancy dress costume?...."
[quote][p][bold]normal1965[/bold] wrote: well over the top.i know of a man who was brandishing a knife at loads of people and only 2 police turned up.waste of public money if you ask me.pmsl[/p][/quote]Would you have said that if she'd had a gun? "Oh its ok, its just a fancy dress costume?...." Shirley_Girl
  • Score: 4

12:03pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Charlie Bucket says...

Brite Spark wrote:
I cant believe that the DE changed the headline AFTER I referred to Katniss Everdeen! Where's my commission!!
Can confirm: Brite Spark made the comment before the headline mentioned Hunger Games.
[quote][p][bold]Brite Spark[/bold] wrote: I cant believe that the DE changed the headline AFTER I referred to Katniss Everdeen! Where's my commission!![/p][/quote]Can confirm: Brite Spark made the comment before the headline mentioned Hunger Games. Charlie Bucket
  • Score: 10

2:50pm Wed 30 Apr 14

cliffwalker says...

"arrows had been fired into the fence"
"if fired at police it could have been fatal"
How exactly do you "fire" an arrow (or a bow)? Is this some new type of bow that uses explosives?
"arrows had been fired into the fence" "if fired at police it could have been fatal" How exactly do you "fire" an arrow (or a bow)? Is this some new type of bow that uses explosives? cliffwalker
  • Score: -6

3:43pm Wed 30 Apr 14

kitchenwitch says...

Hampton01 wrote:
I think they meant that if she had fired at the police then they would have had to open fire & prob have killed her mayb
an arrow can leave a compound bow at over 200 miles an hour....fatal for anyone in its way if she is any kind of half decent shot!
[quote][p][bold]Hampton01[/bold] wrote: I think they meant that if she had fired at the police then they would have had to open fire & prob have killed her mayb[/p][/quote]an arrow can leave a compound bow at over 200 miles an hour....fatal for anyone in its way if she is any kind of half decent shot! kitchenwitch
  • Score: 5

3:56pm Wed 30 Apr 14

normal1965 says...

Shirley_Girl wrote:
normal1965 wrote:
well over the top.i know of a man who was brandishing a knife at loads of people and only 2 police turned up.waste of public money if you ask me.pmsl
Would you have said that if she'd had a gun? "Oh its ok, its just a fancy dress costume?...."
did it say she had a gun then.umm no it didnt.what a stupid comment.
[quote][p][bold]Shirley_Girl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]normal1965[/bold] wrote: well over the top.i know of a man who was brandishing a knife at loads of people and only 2 police turned up.waste of public money if you ask me.pmsl[/p][/quote]Would you have said that if she'd had a gun? "Oh its ok, its just a fancy dress costume?...."[/p][/quote]did it say she had a gun then.umm no it didnt.what a stupid comment. normal1965
  • Score: -4

4:51pm Wed 30 Apr 14

southy says...

cliffwalker wrote:
"arrows had been fired into the fence"
"if fired at police it could have been fatal"
How exactly do you "fire" an arrow (or a bow)? Is this some new type of bow that uses explosives?
true you don't fire an an arrow you aim and loose
[quote][p][bold]cliffwalker[/bold] wrote: "arrows had been fired into the fence" "if fired at police it could have been fatal" How exactly do you "fire" an arrow (or a bow)? Is this some new type of bow that uses explosives?[/p][/quote]true you don't fire an an arrow you aim and loose southy
  • Score: -6

6:01pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Ginger_cyclist says...

SaffaInTheUk wrote:
Now arrest those freaks in fursuits! Furries are terrifying, grown adults dressing up as animals and hugging children? That's disturbing D:
No more disturbing than someone dressing up as a cartoon character for charity or as a mascot and hugging children, also they have rules, such as not going up to a child to hug, let the child come to them for a hug after parent/gaurdian has said ok.
[quote][p][bold]SaffaInTheUk[/bold] wrote: Now arrest those freaks in fursuits! Furries are terrifying, grown adults dressing up as animals and hugging children? That's disturbing D:[/p][/quote]No more disturbing than someone dressing up as a cartoon character for charity or as a mascot and hugging children, also they have rules, such as not going up to a child to hug, let the child come to them for a hug after parent/gaurdian has said ok. Ginger_cyclist
  • Score: 1

6:43pm Wed 30 Apr 14

ohpoppycock says...

southy wrote:
cliffwalker wrote:
"arrows had been fired into the fence"
"if fired at police it could have been fatal"
How exactly do you "fire" an arrow (or a bow)? Is this some new type of bow that uses explosives?
true you don't fire an an arrow you aim and loose
That's wrong as well, you don't fire an arrow, you shoot an arrow and fire a gun. There is no explosion with recurves or compounds. Draw, aim and loose is the steps to take a shot.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cliffwalker[/bold] wrote: "arrows had been fired into the fence" "if fired at police it could have been fatal" How exactly do you "fire" an arrow (or a bow)? Is this some new type of bow that uses explosives?[/p][/quote]true you don't fire an an arrow you aim and loose[/p][/quote]That's wrong as well, you don't fire an arrow, you shoot an arrow and fire a gun. There is no explosion with recurves or compounds. Draw, aim and loose is the steps to take a shot. ohpoppycock
  • Score: 9

7:36pm Wed 30 Apr 14

red/whitearmy says...

How sad and pathetic.
How sad and pathetic. red/whitearmy
  • Score: 2

12:09am Thu 1 May 14

ObserverAtEastleigh says...

Firstly I dont know of many reasonable people being dragged kicking and screaming by the police whatever the situation. Im sure they would have arrived and demanded she put down the bow and arrows and come with them for questioning. Whether she was using the bow to fire arrows anywhere is beside the point if she had been out and about with it at any point she is breaking the law by brandishing a deadly weapon in public. A normal law abiding person would have said oh my bad of course ill come with you officers and we will have this sorted out in minutes. Why even have a probably expensive compound bow at a party anyway? even if you were a responsible person you can bet thered be people at the party drinking who would want to get their hands on it and do stupid things. Wouldnt a kids plastic bow and arrow been a little easier to manage.
Secondly if you do bring said bow why bring the actual arrows with it too?
Thirdly the police, and eastleigh borough council need to take a look at the pathetic excuse for a market our town now has.
In a country where knife and weapon crime is on the news constantly we have a big stall selling crossbows, hunting knives, compound bows and arrows, targets, even shot gun shell belts. Do the people of Eastleigh do a lot of hunting around here?
This doesnt even mention the other stalls selling Electronic Cigarettes and one selling all kinds of items used in the taking of drugs. Nice message we give out... not
Firstly I dont know of many reasonable people being dragged kicking and screaming by the police whatever the situation. Im sure they would have arrived and demanded she put down the bow and arrows and come with them for questioning. Whether she was using the bow to fire arrows anywhere is beside the point if she had been out and about with it at any point she is breaking the law by brandishing a deadly weapon in public. A normal law abiding person would have said oh my bad of course ill come with you officers and we will have this sorted out in minutes. Why even have a probably expensive compound bow at a party anyway? even if you were a responsible person you can bet thered be people at the party drinking who would want to get their hands on it and do stupid things. Wouldnt a kids plastic bow and arrow been a little easier to manage. Secondly if you do bring said bow why bring the actual arrows with it too? Thirdly the police, and eastleigh borough council need to take a look at the pathetic excuse for a market our town now has. In a country where knife and weapon crime is on the news constantly we have a big stall selling crossbows, hunting knives, compound bows and arrows, targets, even shot gun shell belts. Do the people of Eastleigh do a lot of hunting around here? This doesnt even mention the other stalls selling Electronic Cigarettes and one selling all kinds of items used in the taking of drugs. Nice message we give out... not ObserverAtEastleigh
  • Score: 3

7:16am Thu 1 May 14

Shirley_Girl says...

normal1965 wrote:
Shirley_Girl wrote:
normal1965 wrote:
well over the top.i know of a man who was brandishing a knife at loads of people and only 2 police turned up.waste of public money if you ask me.pmsl
Would you have said that if she'd had a gun? "Oh its ok, its just a fancy dress costume?...."
did it say she had a gun then.umm no it didnt.what a stupid comment.
Hence my use of the word "if". I'm sorry, but in what way is my comment stupid? A compound bow is just as much a deadly weapon as a gun, so police should respond appropriately.
[quote][p][bold]normal1965[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shirley_Girl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]normal1965[/bold] wrote: well over the top.i know of a man who was brandishing a knife at loads of people and only 2 police turned up.waste of public money if you ask me.pmsl[/p][/quote]Would you have said that if she'd had a gun? "Oh its ok, its just a fancy dress costume?...."[/p][/quote]did it say she had a gun then.umm no it didnt.what a stupid comment.[/p][/quote]Hence my use of the word "if". I'm sorry, but in what way is my comment stupid? A compound bow is just as much a deadly weapon as a gun, so police should respond appropriately. Shirley_Girl
  • Score: 2

7:52am Thu 1 May 14

Charlie Bucket says...

Shirley_Girl wrote:
normal1965 wrote:
Shirley_Girl wrote:
normal1965 wrote:
well over the top.i know of a man who was brandishing a knife at loads of people and only 2 police turned up.waste of public money if you ask me.pmsl
Would you have said that if she'd had a gun? "Oh its ok, its just a fancy dress costume?...."
did it say she had a gun then.umm no it didnt.what a stupid comment.
Hence my use of the word "if". I'm sorry, but in what way is my comment stupid? A compound bow is just as much a deadly weapon as a gun, so police should respond appropriately.
Your comment is stupid because it is about a made up different situation, not the one at hand. Imagine if I'd said "Would you have said that if she'd been an invading Russian army wearing pink tutus?"

That's about as relevant as what you said.
[quote][p][bold]Shirley_Girl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]normal1965[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shirley_Girl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]normal1965[/bold] wrote: well over the top.i know of a man who was brandishing a knife at loads of people and only 2 police turned up.waste of public money if you ask me.pmsl[/p][/quote]Would you have said that if she'd had a gun? "Oh its ok, its just a fancy dress costume?...."[/p][/quote]did it say she had a gun then.umm no it didnt.what a stupid comment.[/p][/quote]Hence my use of the word "if". I'm sorry, but in what way is my comment stupid? A compound bow is just as much a deadly weapon as a gun, so police should respond appropriately.[/p][/quote]Your comment is stupid because it is about a made up different situation, not the one at hand. Imagine if I'd said "Would you have said that if she'd been an invading Russian army wearing pink tutus?" That's about as relevant as what you said. Charlie Bucket
  • Score: -1

8:06am Thu 1 May 14

Shirley_Girl says...

Umm, I was making a comparison?... As normal1965 also was when he/she started talking about knives?...
Umm, I was making a comparison?... As normal1965 also was when he/she started talking about knives?... Shirley_Girl
  • Score: 1

9:16am Thu 1 May 14

seawisedave says...

What a non-event! Amazing how many police are available overnight when required. Pity there are not more dealing with the numerous incidents also needing attention! Some people need to get a life!
What a non-event! Amazing how many police are available overnight when required. Pity there are not more dealing with the numerous incidents also needing attention! Some people need to get a life! seawisedave
  • Score: 0

10:25am Thu 1 May 14

Charlie Bucket says...

Shirley_Girl wrote:
Umm, I was making a comparison?... As normal1965 also was when he/she started talking about knives?...
Yes, I get that. Point is, you questioned whether he would make his comment if the situation was completely different. Why? Of course he wouldn't. It would be like someone saying "this strawberry ice cream is delicious!" and you following with "Would you say that if you were eating broken glass?" Of course he wouldn't. But he isn't eating broken glass, he's eating strawberry ice cream. So your question is utterly worthless.
[quote][p][bold]Shirley_Girl[/bold] wrote: Umm, I was making a comparison?... As normal1965 also was when he/she started talking about knives?...[/p][/quote]Yes, I get that. Point is, you questioned whether he would make his comment if the situation was completely different. Why? Of course he wouldn't. It would be like someone saying "this strawberry ice cream is delicious!" and you following with "Would you say that if you were eating broken glass?" Of course he wouldn't. But he isn't eating broken glass, he's eating strawberry ice cream. So your question is utterly worthless. Charlie Bucket
  • Score: -1

7:31pm Thu 1 May 14

Phototoxin says...

Love how a witness mentions a crossbow.
Love how a witness mentions a crossbow. Phototoxin
  • Score: 0

10:12pm Thu 1 May 14

southamptonadi says...

Why was she taken to the general?
Why was she taken to the general? southamptonadi
  • Score: 0

10:14pm Sat 3 May 14

Niel says...

Loosing arrows anywhere unsuitable is stupid, as for the fatal comment, at least some police officers understand their gear won't stop an arrow!
Loosing arrows anywhere unsuitable is stupid, as for the fatal comment, at least some police officers understand their gear won't stop an arrow! Niel
  • Score: 0

11:36pm Sat 3 May 14

Positively4thStreet says...

southamptonadi wrote:
Why was she taken to the general?
Yes,but it wasn't a military matter,so she was handed over to the Sheriff of Nottingham.
[quote][p][bold]southamptonadi[/bold] wrote: Why was she taken to the general?[/p][/quote]Yes,but it wasn't a military matter,so she was handed over to the Sheriff of Nottingham. Positively4thStreet
  • Score: 0

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