July 16, 2002 12:06

MAN HAS POP AT 'POPSTARS'

The fading popsters forced to flee a service station...

MAN HAS POP AT 'POPSTARS'
Fading pop stars Hear'Say were forced to flee a motorway service station on Sunday (July 16) after a man brandished a gun at them.

The five-piece were at services at Leicester Forest East in the Midlands on their way from a radio PA in Dudley when the incident happened.

They were recognised by a group of youths, one of whom appeared to have a handgun, at around 9.30pm (BST). They took flight, after calling the police.

They called police again after being caught in a traffic jam some distance from the services and spotted the youths in a car near them.

Officers from Northamptonshire police arrested a 17-year-old youth in connection with the incident after his car crossed the county line from Leicestershire. The handgun was discovered to be imitation. The youth was taken for questioning and bailed to return to a police station next month.

Police could not confirm reports that a ball bearing was fired.

Hear'Say, who sprang to fame as winners of the 'Popstars' TV talent search last year, have seen their star crash in recent months. Liberty X, the outfit originally billed as flopstars made up of the 'Popstars' runners-up, have risen to fame and enjoyed chart-topping success.

Hear'Say are in the middle of a promotional run plugging new single 'Lovin' Is Easy', due for release on August 12.

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