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Report of armed man at Scottish train station turns out to be cosplaying ‘Star Wars’ stormtrooper in kilt: ‘Crazy world’



A Scottish man who was reported to local police for being armed on a train turned out to be a cosplayer dressed as a “Star Wars” stormtrooper in a kilt while headed to a comic book convention.

The man, who goes by “Grampian Stormtrooper” on social media, was at the Aberdeen train station in his Imperial outfit — and the kilt — while on his way to Dundee for DeeCon when British Transport Police received a call about someone with a gun around 9 a.m. Saturday.

The call prompted the train to turn around —  but police told AberdeenLive they learned it was a “false alarm.”

“Train stopped not long out of station, guard came to chat asking about blaster. Then asked me to go with him for chat,” the man posted on Facebook.  “Apparently someone reported it to police, train went back to aberdeen.”

The man was on a train for a convention in Dundee when police came. Facebook/Grampian Stormtrooper
The man said he’s been cosplaying as a stormtrooper for a decade. Facebook/Grampian Stormtrooper
In his ten years dressing up in the iconic armor, he’s never been stopped by police before, he said Facebook/Grampian Stormtrooper
Police received a report of some armed with a gun. Facebook/Grampian Stormtrooper

He said three Scottish police and two transit officers brought him into an office to talk about the “blaster.” They made him go home and get a bag to put the fake gun in before allowing him to hop on another train, he said.

Police asked him not to wear the stormtrooper costume on the train. He said it was the first time in 10 years of wearing the suit that he’s been approached by police.

“Crazy world we live in. Been doing it 10 years first time any issue with stormtrooper blaster,” he wrote.

British Transport Police confirmed the incident.

“Officers received reports of a man with a firearm entering Aberdeen station just before 9 a.m. on Saturday (April 6),” a BTP spokesperson said. “Officers attended alongside colleagues from Police Scotland and it was determined it was a false alarm.”

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