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Armed officers called to Worthing over man's welfare

Armed officers were called to a property in Broadwater Street West this morning Credit: ITV Meridian

Armed officers and emergency services have been in Worthing dealing with an on-going police incident.

Sussex Police say they were called to a property in Broadwater Street West at 8:35am this morning following concerns for the welfare of a man.

Armed officers were called to a property in Broadwater Street West this morning Credit: ITV Meridian

Officers have tweeted to say it was not a firearms incident.

Meanwhile police have advised Broadwater C of E Primary School, Lancing Prep and Worthing High School that there is no need to keep pupils and staff inside while the ongoing incident is being dealt with.

Armed police have confirmed it's not a firearms incident Credit: ITV Meridian

The A24 going through this location is currently closed while officers are dealing with the matter.

The police helicopter at the scene in Worthing Credit: ITV Meridian

A man has been arrested in connection with the six hour standoff with police.

Officers attended the scene following concerns for a man who was threatening to harm himself.

The man refused to come out of the flat for police until just before 2.30pm when he was subsequently arrested on suspicion of making threats to kill and threats to cause criminal damage. He remains in custody while the investigation is ongoing.

“We would like to thank the public for their patience while we were dealing with this incident and apologise for any inconvenience caused by part of the road being closed.

“This was an isolated incident, not involving a firearm, contained within the property with no wider threat to the community, including the local schools.”

– Adur and Worthing Chief Inspector Sarah Leadbeatter