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Police attended a property in York Road, Bexhill at 4.55pm on Sunday (March 24) after a man was reported to be threatening to self-harm with a gun.
The man was detained by officers after being struck by a baton round fired by specialist firearms officers. There was no threat or risk to the wider public and upon arrest, an air weapon was seized by officers.
The man was subsequently taken to hospital as a precaution for medical treatment.
The Independent Office of Police Conduct have been advised.
A 53-year-old man from Bexhill was arrested on suspicion of possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear or violence.

Police are investigating a hit and run collision in Hastings.
A 50-year-old local man was treated at Conquest Hospital for hip and cuts and abrasions to his hands and ear, after reporting having been hit by a car which did not stop, while he was walking in Old London Road, Hastings, near the junction with Robertson Hill, at about 9.20pm on Sunday (24 March).
He was discharged from hospital on the same evening.
There is currently no description of the car and anyone who saw what happened or who has any other information, is asked to contact Sussex Police by calling 101, quoting serial 1280 of 24/03.
Operation Signature  protecting vulnerable victims of fraud

A new national report on fraud investigation praises a Sussex Police project which supports vulnerable victims
The Report, 'Fraud; Time To Choose', published by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire Rescue Services (HMICFRS) on Tuesday (2 April) examines the national police response to fraud.
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Richardson of the Sussex Police Economic Crime Unit said; "We welcome the Report's praise for Sussex Police's Operation Signature as a good example of law enforcement agencies in identifying and responding to vulnerability.
"As the report says, Operation Signature has been developed by the force as a means of providing additional support to victims of fraud and is designed to prevent the most vulnerable from becoming subject to repeat targeting."
The Operation Signature work focuses on the protection of the vulnerable members of our communities in Sussex, preventing them from becoming victims of such fraud and subject to further financial loss.
We have a process for recognising victims of all fraud as victims of crime and providing preventative measures to support and protect them from further targeting. This can include:
  • helping them to change their phone number to an ex-directory number
  • family to suggest power of attorney
  • mail re-direction
  • offering them advice on call blocking devices
  • referring them to other support services
The Report also praises the work done by the force with the support of Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, who has funded two fraud Victim Support Case Workers.
Katy Bourne said; "Over the past four years, my office has worked closely with the force’s financial safeguarding team to help raise awareness of fraud. Our Sussex Elder’s Commission members spoke to thousands of older residents to highlight the threat of telephone and cyber-enabled fraud, and they helped persuade many people to take extra precautions, including installing call blockers which I was very happy to fund.
“Since 2016, I have also funded - through Victim Support - two fraud case workers who provide help for medium and high risk victims and prevent them from being retargeted. I am particularly pleased that the implementation of the Banking Protocol in Sussex has prevented local people losing millions to fraudsters.
“The Time to Choose” report calls for a more coherent and consistent approach to fraud by local forces and national bodies and I agree it is time to co-ordinate our collective responses.”


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