Sussex

Police in Brighton Taser and fire rubber bullets at knifeman

Lewes Road, Brighton Image copyright Google
Image caption Firearms officers were called to Lewes Road

Police have Tasered and fired rubber bullets at a man who ran towards the public armed with a knife.

Officers sent to Lewes Road, Brighton, just after midday discharged a baton round at the man "to protect the public and ensure his safe detention".

Sussex Police said as the 19-year-old was approached by firearms officers, he "ran towards members of the public".

He was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon, and detained under the Mental Health Act.

No members of the public were harmed.

Ch Insp Rachel Swinney said it was "an isolated incident".

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