A REPORT of a man waving a gun in the air caused a police search and road closure on Thursday night.

The incident started when someone called police at 8.21pm, saying a man had been seen armed with a handgun in Manor Road, Whitehawk.

Witnesses reported seeing several police cars and vans while the search was carried out.

A police spokeswoman said: “Police were called to a report of a male seen waving a handgun around.

“Officers attended, including armed officers, to deal with the incident.

“Extensive enquiries were carried out at the location to ensure ongoing public safety, which included a temporary road closure in the area.

“Those enquiries revealed that the initial information received was likely to be incorrect.

“No one was injured during the incident."