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Dramatic moments in Crawley town centre as armed police arrest man after reports of gun received

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The 48-year-old was arrested and taken into custody.

Police arrested a man in Crawley after he was reported to be in possession of an imitation firearm.

Officers search the arrested man.

Armed officers were called to Queensway at 3.45pm on Thursday (September 5) following reports of a man who appeared to be waving a gun, believed to be imitation, behind the New Look store.

In total six units arrived at the scene, five blocked off the High St while a sixth held back at the entrance to the road.

He was located in High Street just after 4pm and arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm with intention to cause fear of violence. An imitation firearm was recovered.

A 48-year-old man of no fixed address remained in custody on Thursday afternoon.

A helicopter could be seen flying around the town centre just before the arrest was made.

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Police drop investigation in alleged bullying of Oriel High School boy

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Sussex Police have confirmed they have made the decision to drop an investigation into an incident of alleged bullying.

The investigation was launched following an outcry from concerned residents when a video emerged on social media.

The video has since been taken down from most social media accounts.

Earlier Susses Police had confirmed they had launched an investigation into the incident and were liaising with Oriel High School.

Now it appears their investigation has turned up new information which has led to their decision to drop the police’s involvement and hand it over to the school.

A statement from Sussex Police said:

“Police have investigated the circumstances surrounding a video on social media showing the alleged bullying of a boy by fellow students from Oriel High School in Maidenbower, Crawley.

As a result, the matter has been passed to the school for any action they feel is appropriate.”

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