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RAF Mildenhall: Situation update

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Shots were fired by troops at RAF Mildenhall yesterday after a car tried to ‘ram’ through the gates of the US Air Force base.

The base was immediately placed in lockdown at 1pm after what Suffolk Police called a “significant security incident”.

Officers arrested a 44-year-old British man, who suffered ‘minor cuts and bruises’, who remains in police custody.

His intentions are not yet known but a spokesperson for Suffolk Police confirmed the incident was not terror related.

They said: “Police investigating an incident at RAF Mildenhall can confirm that the incident is not being treated as terrorism.”

“A 44 year old British man was initially arrested on suspicion of criminal trespass.

“The male, who sustained cuts and bruises in the incident, has been taken into custody.

“Police are not looking for anyone else on the site in relation to the incident.

“There is no wider threat to the public or occupants on the base and no other people have been injured as a result of the incident.

“The incident remains a police investigation at this time and enquiries are on-going and police are receiving support from other law enforcement agencies.”

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The roads around RAF Mildenhall remain closed while there is still an increased Police presence. 

Members of the public were told to avoid the area as a heavy police presence continue.

RAF Mildenhall posted on Facebook to say: “Lockdown has terminated on base and operations are returning to normal.”

The base has about 3,200 military personnel, with 400-500 UK civilian staff employed there. It primarily supports United States Air Force (USAF) operations. And is currently the home of the 100th Air Refueling Wing (100 ARW).

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