A MAN was due to appear in court after a major police operation in Bishop’s Waltham on Sunday.

Police were called to Cricklemede after a woman reported seeing a man with a firearm.

An extensive search was conducted, with the assistance of armed response vehicles, dog unit, and a helicopter, however the suspect was not located.

Hampshire Constabulary have now charged a man in connection with the incident.

Josh Barnes, 26, of Cobbett Close, Swanmore, has been charged with assault by beating, burglary dwelling and theft, theft in dwelling other than an automatic machine or meter, breach of a non-molestation order and sending a letter/communication/article conveying a threatening message.

He was due to appear at Southampton Magistrates’ Court today (Monday).