Man found on cliff by police dog, helicopter and Coastguard arrested

A man has been arrested on suspicion of arson following an incident involving two Coastguard rescue teams, a helicopter, police officers and a dog team.

Sunday, 11th December 2016, 12:03 pm
Updated Wednesday, 14th December 2016, 2:27 pm
A coastguard helicopter in flight earlier this year
A coastguard helicopter in flight earlier this year

Coastguard rescue teams from Eastbourne and Birling Gap were called out, along with a Coastguard helicopter, yesterday evening amid concerns for the safety of man at Cow Gap.

However the Coastguard passed the matter over to police at 5.45pm, reporting that a ‘male was acting erratically’, according to a spokesperson for Sussex Police.

Officers and a dog unit were dispatched to the area between Cow Gap and Beachy Head, meeting up with the Coastguard at the top of a cliff.

The dog found a man in the bushes, police say, and he was arrested on suspicion of arson. The man was then taken into custody.

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