POLICE have moved to reassure Newquay residents after a handgun was found at the scene of an assault.
A 30-year-old man was assaulted by three others by what is believed to be a metal bar at around 8.30pm yesterday at the junction of Tower Road and Trevose Avenue.
The victim was taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro where he was treated for injuries to his head, face and body. He was later released
Rumours circulating on social networking websites had claimed that a man had been shot but police have confirmed that this is untrue.
Police confirmed today that a "small handgun" had been discovered at the scene although there is currently no suggestion it was used.
Inspector Dave Meredith said: "This was a serious incident involving an assault and the seizure of what is believed to be a firearm.
"The police take all incidents involving firearms and imitation forearms very seriously.
"The case is being investigated by detectives from Newquay CID.
"I would like to emphasise that incidents involving firearms in Newquay are very rare and I would like to reassure the public that this was an isolated incident and at present it would appear that no persons were threatened with the firearm."
No arrests have yet been made and enquiries are on-going. Call 101 with any information on the attack or information can also be passed to the police anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.