MoD base alert over fake gun play Six teenagers playing with imitation guns sparked a full-scale security alert at an Army training site. Armed police, a helicopter and dog search teams were sent out after reports of armed men on the land in Aldershot, Hampshire, were received. Army and police chiefs are now warning people to keep off prohibited MoD land following the incident on Monday. The six men, all aged 18 or 19, all received cautions for possessing imitation firearms in public. We frequently use the land for training for dangerous situations, and don't expect to encounter members of the public Royal Military Police spokesman Armed officers were sent out after members of the public spotted the youths and it was confirmed that no Army exercises were taking place on the land at Glenbourne. Ch Insp Neil Sherrington said: "In light of the current security level in this country, we have to take reports like these seriously, and the members of the public who called us out did the right thing. "It is testament to the training of officers involved that a more serious incident was avoided. "This incident involved a large amount of police and military resources to bring about a successful conclusion." A Royal Military Police spokesman added: "People who enter Army land present a real danger to themselves. "We frequently use the land for training for dangerous situations, and don't expect to encounter members of the public."