A man’s been arrested after an armed standoff in Langney.
Armed officers and A National Police Air Service helicopter were called to Etchingham Road just after 8pm last night (3 May) to reports of a group of youths had been seen running into a block of flats with baseball bats and a possible handgun.
The road was shut off and the public urged to stay away or indoors on safety grounds. Hampshire Court was surrounded. Just before 10.10pm, armed officers moved into the block and within minutes removed a man from one of the flats. A police dog was sent in to search the remainder of the premises, but there was nobody else within.
Detective Superintendent Nick May, from the East Sussex police divisional command team, said: "I would like to thank everyone for their patience while we carried out our operation to contain this matter. I appreciate that the sight of armed officers and the police helicopter may have been disturbing, if not alarming for local residents, but it is important that we treat reports such as these seriously for the safety of everyone concerned.
"Thankfully, nobody was hurt and we managed to bring the incident to a fairly swift conclusion. A man is in custody and we will continue with our investigation locally to establish the circumstances, which include discovering who else was involved. However, we do not believe that they are a threat to the public and people can now move freely in the area again. The scene has been secured and a marked vehicle will remain in place overnight before we resume our search of the premises in the morning.
"If you witnessed any of the events prior to the police arriving or you have any information about the incident or the people involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 101 quoting serial 1438 of 03/05. Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online."
A 34-year-old man of no fixed address was arrested on suspicion of possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and affray. He remained in custody last night.