Bexhill man who ‘threatened to self-harm with a gun’ released on police bail

Sussex Police
Sussex Police

A Bexhill man who was arrested after threating to self-harm with a gun has been released on bail, police said.

A police spokesman said they were called to York Road, Bexhill, at 4.55pm on Sunday (March 24).

Police said the man was detained by officers after being struck by a baton round – a large rubber or plastic projectile shot from a special gun – fired by specialist firearms officers.

There was no threat or risk to the wider public and upon arrest, an air weapon was seized by officers, police added.

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The man was taken to hospital as a precaution for medical treatment, according to police.

A police spokesman added: “The Independent Office of Police Conduct have been advised.

“A 53-year-old man from Bexhill was arrested on suspicion of possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear or violence.”

On Wednesday (March 27) a police spokesman said the man has been released on police bail until April 22.

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