Man held after 'gunman' seen near Worthing schools

Heene Primary School Image copyright Eddie Mitchell
Image caption Children, staff and parents were kept inside while a search took place to ensure the area was safe

A man has been arrested after children and their parents were kept inside two primary schools following reports of a man with a firearm.

The man was reported to be carrying a firearm close to Victoria Park and Norfolk Street in Worthing just after 14.15 BST on Thursday.

A woman said she was shown a gun in a bag in Stoke Abbot Road at about 21:00.

A 36-year-old man from Worthing was arrested on suspicion of possessing an imitation firearm and is in custody.

"No threats were made and the [member of the public] raised concerns to police," a Sussex Police spokesman said.

After a search, St Mary's and Heene schools allowed children to be collected as normal.

Det Con Sebastian Day said: "The item seized from the suspect is described as a plastic imitation gun."

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