Armed officers respond to ‘man with a handgun’ in St Leonards

Armed officers and the police helicopter were called to St Leonards after reports of a man with a handgun.

Friday, 18th October 2019, 8:40 pm

Shortly after 9.30pm on Thursday (October 17) police were called to a property in Church Road, St Leonards.

At 5.42pm on Friday (October 18), a police spokesman confirmed what officers were called to – reports that a man had been seen with a handgun.

Armed officers attended and the weapon was seized. It was later identified as a ball-bearing gun, police said.

A National Police Air Service helicopter also assisted during the incident.

Nearby roads were temporarily closed for public safety while the incident was dealt with.

Police said nobody was hurt.

A spokesman for Sussex Police said a 30-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.