Neighbour sends police banging on door over gunfire after local Nerf war


A care worker was left stunned when his ‘Karen’ neighbour had POLICE banging on his door over reports of ‘gunfire’ because he had been enjoying friendly neighbourhood ‘Nerf gun wars’ – so he’s bought more just to annoy them.

Dan Scott moved into a new home with his girlfriend in November last year and the 25-year-old quickly initiated the light-hearted game with his new neighbours.

Within weeks the self-professed ‘big kid’ got four other households on his road involved in the Nerf gun wars where they ambush one another with foam darts.

But he found out that not all neighbours are on board with the fun when two police officers turned up on his doorstep on August 14 to investigate reports of a ‘weapon being fired’.

Although they were told it was toy guns they were required to double check no real guns were involved and warned the care worker of his neighbour’s complaint.

Dan, from Winslow, Buckinghamshire, said: “One night one of the neighbours messaged me to say they were round at one of their houses.



Scott, 25, started the nerf gun wars late one night and has since seen a number of his neighbours join in the fun
Scott, 25, started the nerf gun wars late one night and has since seen a number of his neighbours join in the fun

“I sent a photo of a Nerf gun and said ‘shall we get them?’ and then we ended up having a Nerf gun fight for like an hour at ten o’clock at night and it went from there.

“Now we have Nerf wars about once or twice a week – it can happen randomly when people are getting home from work and most Friday nights we go round ambushing people.

“Then one morning on my day off I got a bang on the door – I just thought it would be one of the neighbours but it was two police officers.

“They said apparently a gun was involved so they had to come round. I said ‘you do know it’s a Nerf gun don’t you?’ I think they did know but they had to double check.

“That was quite funny really but it did come as a shock.”

The households involved have shared out Dan’s collection of four Nerf guns and around 1,000 bullets for the game.



Thames Valley Police were called by an unknown neighbour and despite the police being aware of the Nerf guns, they had to check now real firearms were used
Thames Valley Police were called by an unknown neighbour and despite the police being aware of the Nerf guns, they had to check now real firearms were used

They all launch sneak attacks on one another as they come home from work or sit in the garden on weekends, a lot of which has been captured by the homeowner’s doorbell camera.

Dan said: “I used to work with children so I have lots of random stuff like costumes and Nerf guns and I’m used to being a child.

“Half of the neighbours have my Nerf guns at their houses now ready and we try to get the kids on the estate involved as well, it’s just a laugh.

“Once I lay in a bush in a camouflage outfit and my girlfriend showed the neighbours me leaving the house on the doorbell camera.

“They knew I was hiding somewhere but they couldn’t find me, it was funny.”

Despite the complaint from an unknown neighbour and the police visit that followed, Dan refuses to let anything ruin his fun and has ordered more toy guns to carry on the playful shoot-outs.



The run-in with the police hasn't put Dan off, in fact he has ordered eight more guns to keep the fun going
The run-in with the police hasn’t put Dan off, in fact he has ordered eight more guns to keep the fun going

He insists that everyone involved takes it in turns picking fallen foam bullets up and so doesn’t see the problem with his ‘harmless’ game.

Dan said: “I was shooting at a friend so it must have been one of the other neighbours who gets fed up by the bullets landing on their garden that reported me.

“But we go round and pick them up, we’re nice about it – they’re 2p a bullet anyway so we wouldn’t just leave them.

“I cracked up laughing when the police came. We’ve not done anything wrong.

“The police said ‘you don’t want to annoy all your neighbours, you’ve just moved in’, but said they play with Nerf guns with their kids as well.

“It hasn’t stopped our fun. We’ve bought more Nerf guns because of it – I’ve got another eight on the way.”

A spokesperson for Thames Valley Police said: “Officers from Thames Valley Police attended an address in Winslow on 14 August following reports of a weapon, believed to be an air rifle, being fired.

“This was a routine response and words of advice were given to the individual and no further action was taken as there were no offences reported.”

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