ARMED police have arrested a man on suspicion of possessing of an "offensive weapon" after gunshots were reported near Crawley train station this morning.

Armed police and police with dogs were at the scene in Barley Close, Brighton Road in Crawley.

Police entered a property around 7am and arrested a man on suspicion of possessing a weapon.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: "Officers attended Barley Close, Crawley, around 7am due to concerns for the welfare of man inside a property in possession of a weapon.

"Armed officer attended and gained entry to the premises, where the man was safely detained. No one was injured and there is no risk to the wider public.

"The man has been arrested on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapons and has been taken into custody."