“A man dressed as a villain from ‪#‎comic‬ series ‪#‎CaptainAmerica‬ was mistakenly arrested in ‪#‎CanaryWharf‬ by armed police who thought he had a gun, according to reports.

Police were called to the financial district at 2.15pm on Saturday (November 7) after a passer-by reported seeing a person with a firearm.

Armed officers were scrambled to the scene and a 29-year-old man was arrested at West India Quay station shortly before 3pm on suspicion of possessing a firearm.

But the suspect was later found to have been wrongly held after officers established he was dressed as ‪#‎Marvel‬ comic character ‪#‎TheWinterSoldier‬and was therefore carrying a fake weapon.

A spokesman for the Canary Wharf group tweeted: “Reports of man with firearm at Canary Wharf are incorrect. Man was carrying non lethal Airsoft hobby equipment.”