A drone has been sent to scout flats at the centre of a major armed police operation on Anlaby Road.

The drone was deployed as police sealed off a major area around blocks of flats where there had been reports of gunshots.

Police have now described these as a ‘cracking noise’ which witnesses 'believed could be shots fired from the building'.

A specialist team from Humberside Police was seen inside the large police cordon on Anlaby Road flying the drone.

Video captured the small device taking off and flying towards the flats at the centre of the incident.

The drone taking off from Anlaby Road after a major incident involving armed police
The drone taking off from Anlaby Road after a major incident involving armed police

The drone is equipped with live video cameras and is used to gather footage which can then be passed on to officers at the scene, including armed police.

Humberside Police started using drones in October last year in a joint venture with Humberside Fire and Rescue Service.

The unit has two top-of-the-range drones with incredible zoom capability and thermal imaging.

The DJI Matrice 210 and a DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise dual drones will start to come into use this month and will become fully operational by the start of October.

Seven fire service personnel have been trained to operate the drones which are based in Kirton Lindsey in North Lincolnshire. The collaboration will ensure a drone is available around the clock for both services.

Chief Superintendent Christine Wilson, head of Humberside Police’s Special Operations Unit, said at the time: “I think for policing, drones are a real game-changer.

“It provides a vitally important extra tool to deal with certain incident, particularly those involving high-risk individuals.”

One of the lead operators, fire service watch manager Ian Steedman said at the launch: “The imagery from these new drones is excellent and the zoom capability is superb.”

Liam Plunkett, group manager for Humberside Fire and Rescue Service with the new drone which will be used by both Humberside Police officers and Humberside Fire and Rescue

Drones are increasingly being used by police forces and emergency services around the country. They have been in military use for some time.

Police use them to gather intelligence and information on potentially dangerous areas before sending in officers.