Shots were fired at an RAF base in Suffolk today after a man tried to ram the gates.
A man was detained with ‘cuts and bruises’ and was taken into custody after the ‘significant’ security incident which put the base on lockdown this afternoon.
No other people were injured in the incident at the base, which is used by the US air force.
A brief statement on the base’s Facebook page said: ‘RAF Mildenhall locked down at 1pm today following reports of a disturbance on base.
‘The base was locked down and emergency personnel are responding to the situation.
‘Additional details will be provided as they become available.’
Suffolk Police said in a statement: ‘[We] were contacted at approximately 1.40pm today to reports of a disturbance at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk.
‘The base was put into lockdown and units responded immediately.
‘Shots were fired by American service personnel and a man has been detained with cuts and bruises and taken into custody.
‘No other people have been injured as a result of the incident.
‘Suffolk Police remain on site and further updates will be issued by the Suffolk Police Press office.’
Members of the public are asked to avoid the area around RAF Mildenhall for the time being. More to follow shortly.
— Suffolk Police (@SuffolkPolice) December 18, 2017
Re RAF Mildenhall: The early indications are that someone tried to drive onto the base, and was stopped at the gate, and has been arrested. People nearby heard gunshots. @SuffolkPolice have put out a holding statement about a "significant incident"
— Daniel Sandford (@BBCDanielS) December 18, 2017
A statement from the Ministry of Defence said: ‘We are aware of an incident at the entry point of RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk.
‘Police have primacy; all questions should be referred to them.’
The 1,162-acre base, which houses about 3,100 members of the US military and an additional 3,000 family members, is set for closure after the US said it was going to move is operations from the base to Germany.
It is currently used to refuel US and NATO aircraft in Europe.
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