Monday, 18 December 2017

A US airforce base in Suffolk, RAF Mildenhall, has been placed in lockdown following a security incident

A US airforce base in Suffolk
A Ministry of Defence (MoD) source said a man driving a car tried to force the vehicle into the barriers at the entrance to RAF Mildenhall near Bury St Edmunds.

A US airforce base in Suffolk

Suffolk Police said shots were fired by American service personnel at the base which was placed on lockdown.

Sky's Defence Correspondent Alistair Bunkall said: "I have been told by the Ministry of Defence in London that one individual is in custody with Suffolk Police.

"It was described to me as some sort of argument at the base gates. There were reports of shots fired. The situation is ongoing.

"When the base gets placed on lockdown people have to stay in their offices; you turn off the lights; you lock the doors, you draw the curtains or blinds around the windows to make it look like no one is around."

A man was quickly arrested by police at the scene.

A Suffolk Police spokesman said: "Shots were fired by American service personnel and a man has been detained with cuts and bruises and taken into custody.

"No other people have been injured as a result of the incident."

A National Police Air Service's helicopter was also called to the base.

An MoD spokesman said: "We are aware of an incident at the entry point of RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk police have primacy; all questions should be referred to them."

A statement from RAF Mildenhall said: "RAF Mildenhall locked down at 1pm today following reports of a disturbance on base.

"The base was locked down and emergency personnel are responding to the situation.

"Additional details will be provided as they become available.

"Individuals in the area surrounding the installation are asked to avoid the base at this time."

RAF Mildenhall and RAF Lakenheath, another US base next to it, have both been subjected to terror threats over the past few years.

Last year a British-born "committed supporter" of Islamic State (IS) was jailed for life for planning a terrorist attack on five US Air Force bases in the UK, including RAF Mildenhall.

Delivery driver Junead Khan, 25, from Luton, used his job with a pharmaceutical company as cover to scout the bases.

Aircraft belonging to the US Air Force and NATO in Europe refuel at RAF Mildenhall.

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