Armed police descend on road in Hove after gunshot reports

Armed police responded to reports of gunshots on a road in Hove last night (Sunday, September 19).

Monday, 20th September 2021, 7:29 am
Updated Monday, 20th September 2021, 8:24 am

First Avenue was closed at about 9.30pm and the National Police Air Service (NPAS) helicopter was called to help with the search for a possible gunman.

"A man was arrested for possession of a firearm in a public place and possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear and alarm," a spokesperson for Sussex Police said.

"He is currently in custody. No one has was harmed."

There was a huge emergency response to the incident in Hove. Photo: Eddie Mitchell

Chief Superintendent Justin Burtenshaw said the incident 'is not terrorist-related'.

He added: "This is a fast moving investigation and I want to reassure the public that there is no threat to the wider community.

"We will continue to have a number of officers in the area while we continue our enquiries and I would like to thank the community for their patience and understanding."