A MAIN road was closed off by armed officers who swooped in after a man suffered head injuries.

The officers, clad in all black protetive gear, were seen at Portland Road in Hove, near the junction with Westbourne Street.

There are unconfirmed reports that a man was attacked, sparking the police response.

But it is now understood that a man suffered a head injury and was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.

He is not in a life-threatening condition, and detectives have launched an investigation into how he suffered his injuries.

The police have confirmed that no one has been arrested over the incident, although witnesses and neighbours did see men being led away from the area.

One witness said the road was blocked for an hour while police handled the incident.

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Another witness said: "I was driving and turned around when I heard the sirens and pulled over.

"The police were all rushing into a house and pulled people out.

"One man came out with his hands on his head and had a rucksack. They arrested him and two others.

"There were four police cars there, and officers had their faces covered.

"They went into the house and there was screaming and shouting going on."

An ambulance was also called to the scene, and police have kept officers on guard outside a property.

Another witness said: "Armed police were there and from what I was told, three people were arrested.

"One was taken to hospital but not with major injuries. They were diverting traffic for about an hour as a precaution."

Police have confirmed the road has now reopened.

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In a statement the force said: "We were called at 11.30am on Saturday to an address in Portland Road, Hove after a 40-year-old man living there sustained a head injury.

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"He is being treated at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, and his condition is described as non life-threatening.

"An investigation is underway to establish the cause of the man's injury and the full circumstances. There have been no arrests at this stage."