Officers were called to a multi-storey car park in Longbridge on Saturday (1 June) after a concerned member of the public reported seeing a group of people with a gun.
It was quickly established that students from Starlight Theatre were innocently filming a fan-based short film based on characters from DCs comics for a drama course project and the gun was a water pistol.
**Edit: Having now seen some of the video, it is clear that, although some of the guns used were brightly coloured, at least one toy gun was black.
Once the drama group realised the armed response had been called, they ceased filming and placed the toy guns and their bags down ready to be searched.
Adding: “We are happy for students to let us know if they are filming in public places where their actions could cause alarm to passers-by, via Live Chat at west-midlands.police.uk between 8am and midnight or call 101 anytime.”