UPDATED: Sussex Police detain man armed with gun after shutting busy Brighton junction

SIEGE: Argus business editor John Keenan tweeted this picture at about 10pm

SIEGE: Argus business editor John Keenan tweeted this picture at about 10pm

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Police closed a busy Brighton junction after reports of a man armed with a gun in a flat.

Officers shut Preston Circus in Brighton to traffic at about 9pm this evening before an apparent armed siege.

Sussex Police said it was called at about 7.30pm and officers closed the roads in the London Road area while a 30-year-old man was detained.

A police spokesman confirmed the man has been arrested for firearms offences and remains in custody this evening.

He added: "No one was injured in the incident and Sussex Police would like to thank people for their patience while the roads were closed."

Earlier, witnesses said there was an armed siege ongoing, apparently focused on the property above a Caribbean takeaway.

A spokesman for Sussex Police told The Argus just before 10pm there was an incident ongoing.

However he refused to confirm any details adding it would only release information through a media officer.

A passer-by said officers were seen leaving a property at about 10.20pm and by 10.30pm all police vehicles had left the scene.

Brighton and Hove Bus Company confirmed London Road had been shut in both directions between Baker Street and Preston Circus at about 9pm.

Are you at the scene? Do you live in the area? Leave you comments below or send pictures to news@theargus.co.uk.

 

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10:16pm Mon 4 Feb 13

rosiedoes says...

Proofreading is your friend.
Proofreading is your friend. rosiedoes
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12:25am Tue 5 Feb 13

Vigilia says...

Him as every right to get angry, the jerk chicken just aint hot enough. Whatcha expect?
Him as every right to get angry, the jerk chicken just aint hot enough. Whatcha expect? Vigilia
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12:30am Tue 5 Feb 13

lilshorty says...

it was NOTTT above the carribean shop , it was 2 doors down thank you very much ... please gets facts right and we took that picture
it was NOTTT above the carribean shop , it was 2 doors down thank you very much ... please gets facts right and we took that picture lilshorty
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12:32am Tue 5 Feb 13

lilshorty says...

the picture clearly shows it as well opposit the pub kmt the carribean shop is on the cornerrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
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the picture clearly shows it as well opposit the pub kmt the carribean shop is on the cornerrrrrrrrrrrrrrr rrrr lilshorty
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8:28am Tue 5 Feb 13

The Wolfie says...

Probably some toy soldier that can't cope with real life...
Probably some toy soldier that can't cope with real life... The Wolfie
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9:06am Tue 5 Feb 13

GIVE UP says...

lilshorty wrote:
it was NOTTT above the carribean shop , it was 2 doors down thank you very much ... please gets facts right and we took that picture
I hope they paid you for the picture
[quote][p][bold]lilshorty[/bold] wrote: it was NOTTT above the carribean shop , it was 2 doors down thank you very much ... please gets facts right and we took that picture[/p][/quote]I hope they paid you for the picture GIVE UP
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9:13am Tue 5 Feb 13

Tel Scoomer says...

It seems strange that the police need a media officer just to explain what's going on to a journalist. Conveying basic information factually is a core skill and, given the requirement of compiling evidence, it's a skill police officers ought to have by the time they complete their probation. The public has the right to know why public roads are closed and it is the job of papers like the Argus and its journalists to ask those straightforward questions.
It seems strange that the police need a media officer just to explain what's going on to a journalist. Conveying basic information factually is a core skill and, given the requirement of compiling evidence, it's a skill police officers ought to have by the time they complete their probation. The public has the right to know why public roads are closed and it is the job of papers like the Argus and its journalists to ask those straightforward questions. Tel Scoomer
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9:27am Tue 5 Feb 13

itsnotme says...

Tel Scoomer wrote:
It seems strange that the police need a media officer just to explain what's going on to a journalist. Conveying basic information factually is a core skill and, given the requirement of compiling evidence, it's a skill police officers ought to have by the time they complete their probation. The public has the right to know why public roads are closed and it is the job of papers like the Argus and its journalists to ask those straightforward questions.
Unless that officer being spoken to doesnt know the whole picture and cant give out all the information. Thats what media departments are for.
Premature release of information was a part cause of the London riots. And the police get slated if they get even the smallest most insignificant fact wrong.
[quote][p][bold]Tel Scoomer[/bold] wrote: It seems strange that the police need a media officer just to explain what's going on to a journalist. Conveying basic information factually is a core skill and, given the requirement of compiling evidence, it's a skill police officers ought to have by the time they complete their probation. The public has the right to know why public roads are closed and it is the job of papers like the Argus and its journalists to ask those straightforward questions.[/p][/quote]Unless that officer being spoken to doesnt know the whole picture and cant give out all the information. Thats what media departments are for. Premature release of information was a part cause of the London riots. And the police get slated if they get even the smallest most insignificant fact wrong. itsnotme
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10:18am Tue 5 Feb 13

Crystal Ball says...

Probably the most interesting thing to happen in/to the London Road in ages.
Probably the most interesting thing to happen in/to the London Road in ages. Crystal Ball
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6:32pm Tue 5 Feb 13

imnotpc says...

Vigilia wrote:
Him as every right to get angry, the jerk chicken just aint hot enough. Whatcha expect?
hahahaha
[quote][p][bold]Vigilia[/bold] wrote: Him as every right to get angry, the jerk chicken just aint hot enough. Whatcha expect?[/p][/quote]hahahaha imnotpc
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