Man threatens people with ‘taser’ in Eastbourne town centre

A man threatening passersby with a suspected taser in Eastbourne town centre was tackled to the ground by police.

Friday, 24th January 2020, 2:33 pm
Updated Friday, 24th January 2020, 4:08 pm

Officers were called to Terminus Road following reports a man was threatening the public with the device at around 6.30pm yesterday (Thursday).

Sussex Police said the two officers confronted the man and brought him to the ground, detaining him safely without any injuries.

The force said the quick response ensured a ‘potentially dangerous’ situation did not escalate.

The 52-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear and is currently in custody for interview and further enquiries, said police.

The device was not discharged. Sussex Police say it was seized and is being examined to establish exactly what it is.

Detective Inspector Mark Rosser said, “This was a professional and robust response by our two colleagues which ensured that any risk of further danger to the public was nipped in the bud.”

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