POLICE rushed to Greenock's Bow Road following a report of a man in possession of a sword — which allegedly turned out to be a metal baton.

Officers are said to have been impeded by a woman who allegedly 'jumped' in front of their van in an attempt to halt their pursuit of the man.

The 25-year-old was arrested a short distance away and he has been charged with possession of an offensive weapon.

The woman, also 25, is accused of obstructing police.

Both have been released on an undertaking to appear in court at a later date.

The alleged incidents are said to have occurred shortly before 9pm on Tuesday.