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Man arrested after RAF Mildenhall incident

Published: Monday 18th December 2017 at 14:30

Man arrested after RAF Mildenhall incident

A man has been arrested after trying to drive through a checkpoint at a base used by the US air force in Suffolk.

RAF Mildenhall was put into lockdown as police responded to reports of what they called a "significant incident".

Shots were fired by American service personnel and a man was detained with cuts and bruises and taken into custody.

No other people have been injured as a result of the incident. 

A spokesman for Suffolk Police said "Police investigating an incident at RAF Mildenhall can confirm that the incident is not being treated as terrorism.

"A 44 year old British man was initially arrested on suspicion of criminal trespass.

"The male, who sustained cuts and bruises in the incident, has been taken into custody. Police are not looking for anyone else on the site in relation to the incident.

"There is no wider threat to the public or occupants on the base and no other people have been injured as a result of the incident.  

"The incident remains a police investigation at this time and enquiries are on-going and police are receiving support from other law enforcement agencies."

A USAF spokesperson added "We've concluded our combined response to this incident and we are continuing to support local authorities in the ongoing investigation."


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