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Monday, 18 December 2017 - 21:15
US military thwart incident at RAF base in Suffolk
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US military personnel opened fire on a man as he allegedly attempted to break into an RAF base in Suffolk – but he escaped with cuts and bruises, police have said.
 
RAF Mildenhall, in Suffolk, was put in lockdown after a “security incident”, a spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said. The RAF base is primarily used by the United States Air Force.
 
Suffolk police are leading the investigation and are understood to have arrested an individual after he allegedly attempted to drive through an entry point at the base.
 
The force described the incident as “significant” and urged members of the public to avoid the area near the base.
 
A statement from the police force said: “Suffolk Police were contacted at approximately 1.40pm today to reports of a disturbance at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk.
 
The base was put on lockdown and units responded immediately.
 
“Shots were fired by American service personnel and a man has been detained with cuts and bruises and taken into custody.
 
“No other people have been injured as a result of the incident.”
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