Sussex Police issue a statement on “gunshots” heard during the Ditchling Road incident

Police have clarified that no firearms were fired when rescuing a kidnapped man, leading to the arrest of four men.

Counter-terrorism officers visited Ditchling Road in Brighton last night after receiving a report of a kidnapping.

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 onto a rooftop on nearby Vere Road, where he threw roof tiles.

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

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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.

The 27-year-old victim was taken to a safe place.

Brighton Command Superintendent Adele Tucknott said distraction devices used during the operation resulted in “loud noises” that may have sounded like gunshots.

“After receiving a report of a kidnapping, our priority was to safely remove the victim and apprehend any suspects,” she said.

“This involved a range of covert and overt tactics, including diversionary devices.

“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 issue a statement on “gunshots” heard during the Ditchling Road incident

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