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Salmond spokesman: Alex is now 'all over East Sussex'

Alex Salmond's spokesman has made light of pictures appearing to show an effigy of Scotland's outgoing First Minister being exploded at a bonfire parade.

Sussex Police said the figure of Mr Salmond would be withdrawn from the Lewes display after social media complaints, yet images from the crowd appeared to show it being blown up.

As well as the SNP being all over Scotland, Alex Salmond is now all over East Sussex.

– Spokesman for Alex Salmond

Alex Salmond effigy 'blown up' despite police assurances

Pictures appear to show an effigy of Alex Salmond being blown up during bonfire celebrations despite police claims it would not be burned.

Sussex Police said the replica of the outgoing Scottish First Minister had been withdrawn following complaints on social media.

But photos taken last night appear to show the effigy being torched at Lewes bonfire parade, which has earned a national profile for burning controversial or unpopular public figures in recent years.

An effigy of what is understood to be Scotland's First Minister remained placed in front of the crowd in Lewes, Sussex, as the fireworks began. Credit: Michael Story/PA Wire
Sparks were seen firing close to the effigy. Mr Salmond had played down the furore surrounding his appearance. Credit: Michael Story/PA Wire
The aftermath of the display appears to show the effigy stand empty with eyewitnesses claiming the figure had been blown up. Credit: Michael Story/PA Wire

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Man arrested after police shooting incident

The Metropolitan Police have confirmed that a man was arrested after special rounds were shot to stop a car on the A27 this afternoon.

Officers from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) Trident Gang Crime Command today carried out a 'hard stop' on a car on the A27 in Lewes, Sussex.

MPS detectives and armed officers from the MPS Specialist Firearms Command stopped the car at around 15:30hrs in relation to firearms.

No shots were fired during the stop but Hatton rounds where discharged to incapacitate the car.

There were no reports of any injuries. A suspected firearm was recovered.

A man (no further details at this time) was arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm and has been taken into custody at a local police station.

– Metropolitan Police statement

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Bonfire night goes off with a bang

Residents of Lewes walk through the town centre Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Hundreds of fireworks are being set off across the country this evening as Britain celebrates Bonfire Night.

In Lewes in East Sussex up to 80,000 are expected to attend this evening's festivities.

Women dressed as soldiers march in Lewes Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Six bonfire societies in the town compete to have the best costumes, displays and models.

The tradition started because local people wanted to commemorate protestant martyrs who were burned at the stake in Lewes, as well as Guy Fawkes.

A woman in a feathered mask walks through Lewes town centre Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

You can find out more about the Lewes Bonfire Celebrations on ITV Meridian.