A man pleaded guilty to possession of an imitation firearm after reports of gunshots on a busy street.

Faruk Ismail, 46, of Brent Street, Hendon, pleaded guilty at Harrow Crown Court on Thursday (November 16) to possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

On October 17, police responded to reports of gunshots in Brent Street, Hendon, at around 9.10pm.

They searched the area and arrested Ismail at a nearby address - where an imitation firearm was found - in connection with the incident.

Detective Inspector Marcus Jones said: “The response by officers – who attended reports of a shooting, without knowing what they might face – resulted in Ismail being detained as quickly as possible.

"I hope that this swift conviction will reassure the community, as well as highlighting how seriously we take these matters.”

Ismail will appear in custody for sentencing on January 17, 2024.

There were no reported injuries following the incident.