Armed police descended on a coffee shop in Chelmsford after receiving reports of a man carrying a gun.

Shocked residents called officers after the man was seen with what appeared to be an assault rifle, rifle and two other guns.

Officers from Essex Police's Firearms Support Unit swooped to the scene - but quickly established the guns were fake.

The man was actually on his way to Comic Con in London and was in fancy dress for the fiction fan convention.

Officers were stepped down and the man was given advice about carrying imitation weapons in public.