Following reports of gunfire, armed police descended on the site of a ‘armed incident’ in Hastings.
Shortly before midnight on Tuesday, Sussex Police announced that a man had been detained in relation to the incident.
Around 7.10 p.m., bullets were allegedly fired at a car on Theaklan Drive, prompting police to go to the site.
Soon later, police were alerted to a report of a guy with a gun on a neighboring street.
Both instances were attended to by a huge number of highly armed police who warned onlookers to keep away. Photos show police teams dressed in body armor and military equipment. Additionally providing help was a National Police Air Service chopper.
The event has not been linked to terrorism, and no injuries have been recorded in connection with it.
As the suspect was being brought into custody, a weapon was recovered, Sussex Police said yesterday.
Hastings Command’s Chief Inspector Jayantha Mendis-Gunasekera stated: “Given the nature of the information we got, it was essential that we react properly, including by requesting assistance from our neighboring troops.
Thank goodness, no injuries were recorded, and we can affirm that the event is not being investigated as a possible act of terrorism.
“I understand that the local community would have been quite concerned about this, and they can anticipate a heightened police presence in the area in the meantime.”
“There were many individuals in the neighborhood at that time, and I am pleading for anybody who saw what occurred to come forward.” It may be reported online or by calling 101 and mentioning Operation Beaumont.
In addition to thanking the public for their understanding and patience as we continue our inquiries into this quick-moving inquiry, I would like to compliment the police involved for their prompt assistance.