A Leicestershire couple have told of their disbelief after armed police descended upon their wedding anniversary celebrations.
Roy and Val Worthington, from Leicestershire, decided to throw a wild west-themed party, with guests encouraged to dress as cowboys and Indians.
However, partygoers were shocked to find themselves surrounded by police marksmen after officers received reports of a man wielding a gun.
Indeed, several guests were armed with toy rifles and plastic capguns, but revellers insisted that their weapons bore very little resemblance to the real thing.
"Ours looked nothing like real guns. Most of them were blue and white and made from plastic, and some people even had water pistols," said 47-year-old Val.
A total of four patrol cars surrounded the venue in Castle Donington, while a police helicopter also flew overhead in response to the reports.
Officers soon realised their mistake and left guests to continue with their celebrations, but the couple are unlikely to forget their anniversary in a hurry.
This comes after one newlywed couple were forced to spend their wedding night apart last week after heavy snowfall left bride Michelle Bartholomew stranded in her home.