Armed police surround Seaside home

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ARMED police were called to an Eastbourne house on Thursday afternoon amid fears a man was trying to stab himself.

The emergency services were called to the property in Myrtle Road just after 4pm over concerns for a man who was threatening to injure himself with a knife.

A police spokesperson said the 27-year-old man was alone in the house and obviously in some distress, making threats to police officers and self-harming.

Several police cars, an ambulance and armed police officers were at the scene for some time while officers tried to calm the man.

The road was closed and concerned onlookers gathered on the corner of Seaside.

The spokesperson said, “The man was very distressed and although trained police negotiators were called, officers at the scene were in close liaison with the man for more than an hour and successfully encouraged him to leave the property.”

The man was detained under the Mental Health Act and taken to the accident and emergency unit at Eastbourne District General Hospital.

He was treated for superficial cuts.

The police spokesperson said, “The public were not put in danger at the time and no other person was injured.”