Update on police helicopter above Eastbourne

Police have released more information about why the helicopter was out above Eastbourne last night (Monday).

Tuesday, 30th July 2019, 4:20 pm
Police at Shinewater Park, Eastbourne. Photo by Dan Jessup SUS-190730-151001001

Armed police were also involved in the reported incident in the Shinewater area.

It turns out what people thought was a weapon was in fact a toy gun.

A police spokesperson said, “The National Police Air Service helicopter assisted Sussex Police following a report of a man in possession of a firearm in the Shinewater Park area of Eastbourne about 5.15pm on Monday July 29.

“An area search was carried out without trace, and further enquiries revealed the item reported was a toy gun. Officers were subsequently stood down.”