Brighton armed siege suspect arrested

Police at scene Image copyright Eddie Mitchell
Image caption Police closed roads in the area and surrounded and entered a property

A man has been arrested after an armed siege which brought part of Brighton to a standstill for about three hours.

Sussex Police closed roads around the Lewes Road gyratory just after 14:15 BST after a man was reported to have a gun in the area.

After the man went into a nearby house, armed police sealed off the building and then surrounded and entered the property.

Officers later arrested a 34-year-old man on suspicion of a firearms offence.

The man was taken into custody at about 17:15 BST.

Specialist officers remained at the property to carry out a search.

Det Supt Steve Black said no shots were fired and nobody was injured in the incident.

"I am aware that there was significant disruption, but it was essential to close off the immediate area to ensure the safety of everyone living and working locally, as well as those seeking to resolve it," he said.

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