Driver who saw Hove gun threat gang sought by police

Subway at Aldrington railway station
Image caption The police officer was threatened with a handgun in a subway

Police searching for a gang armed with a machete and a gun who threatened an officer in Hove are trying to locate the motorist who first saw the men.

He flagged down an officer in a patrol car at about 1145 GMT on Thursday to say there was a man with a machete in a subway at Aldrington railway station.

The officer was threatened with a handgun when he went to investigate.

Police said the man being sought was thought to have been the driver of a small flatbed lorry.

He spoke to the officer in Sackville Road, and was described as white, and aged in his 40s.

He was wearing a white or cream t-shirt and may be a builder or tradesman.

Braided hair

Armed police and a helicopter searched the area for several hours in an attempt to locate the gang, who fled the scene after threatening the officer, but they could not be found.

Officers have since been following a number of leads into the whereabouts of the men and their reasons for possessing the weapons.

All three men were described as black, with two wearing dark hooded tops and tracksuit bottoms.

Police said the man with the gun was aged about 25, clean-shaven, with distinctive braided hair.

They have warned members of the public not to approach the men.

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