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Sussex Police arrest man after Bognor Butlins flat stand-off

A man who barricaded himself into a holiday flat at Butlins has been arrested by Sussex Police after a stand-off lasting more than five hours.

Police were called in the early hours after a paramedic who was called to treat a man in a flat was attacked.

Officers arrived at the Bognor resort to find a man barricaded in a flat and throwing objects out of windows.

The 39-year-old from Essex was arrested five-and-a-half hours later. Butlins said the situation was under control.

Insp Mark Evans said emergency teams were called to the site at about 03:10 GMT.

He said negotiators talked to the man at length before officers went into the flat at 08:50 GMT and arrested him on suspicion of assault and criminal damage.

Insp Evans said: "Local police looked after the man's family and were assisted by Butlins staff with making sure people in surrounding holiday flats were kept away from the area where possible.

"We are appreciative of the patience and understanding shown while this unusual situation was resolved."

He added: "Police will continue to work with Butlins to resolve any community issues."

'Resort operating normally'

The paramedic received minor injuries during the incident, he said.

No-one else was thought to have suffered any injuries, he added.

A spokesman for Butlins Bognor Regis said: "Following a disturbance in an apartment in the early hours of this morning (Tuesday) police were called to the resort...

"The situation is now under control and a man has been arrested.

"No other guests are involved and the resort is operating normally with guests enjoying their half term break."

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