Sussex Police are making arrests following the incident on Ditchling Road in Brighton

Four people have been arrested after a kidnapping in Brighton sparked a huge emergency response, with a suspect throwing tiles from the roof of a house.

Sussex Police launched a major search after receiving a report of a kidnapping on Monday evening (October 17).

Following investigation, a flat in Ditchling Road, Brighton, was identified as the scene of the crime and officers including Counter Terrorist Specialist Firearms Officers (CTSFOs) responded at the scene just after 6pm on Tuesday (October 18).

The victim – a 27-year-old local man – was rescued and taken to a safe place.

A 20-year-old homeless man and an 18-year-old Midhurst man were arrested at the scene on suspicion of kidnapping.

A third suspect ran from the address and made it to a rooftop on nearby Vere Road.

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Several roof tiles were thrown, damaging several vehicles.

A specialized negotiator was called and the 25-year-old without a permanent address was talked down from the roof and also arrested on suspicion of kidnapping.

A fourth suspect – a 27-year-old man of no fixed abode – has been arrested on suspicion of involvement in the supply of Class A drugs.

Police said all four are currently in police custody.

Superintendent Adele Tucknott of Brighton Command said: “Once we received a report of a kidnapping, our priority was to safely remove the victim and apprehend any suspects. This involved a range of covert and overt tactics, including diversionary devices.

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“This will have resulted in a loud noise which we know may have alerted anyone in the area. No firearms were fired.

“This is an ongoing investigation and I would urge anyone with information about the incident to report it online or call 101 and quote Operation Bloomfield.

“I would also like to thank the public for their patience and understanding while we addressed the incident. In the meantime, the public must expect an increased police presence in the area.

“We are treating this as an isolated incident with no threat to the general public.”

A section of Ditchling Road was temporarily closed while officers were in attendance and reopened later in the evening. Sussex Police are making arrests following the incident on Ditchling Road in Brighton

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