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Air Force base in Britain on lockdown after ‘serious incident’

Team Mildenhall Airmen gather to listen to Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody speak Jan. 27, 2016, during an all call at RAF Mildenhall, England. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Justine Rho/Released)
December 18, 2017

[UPDATE: 12:10 pm EST] The lockdown was lifted around 2:50 pm local time. Suffolk police said in a tweet that  “there is no wider threat to the public or occupants on the base.”

[UPDATE: 10:25 am EST] Suffolk Police said shots were fired by American service personnel and the man was taken into custody with cuts and bruises.

Suffolk Police (Twitter)

A Royal Air Force base in Britain has been placed on lockdown after a “significant security incident,” the Ministry of Defense said Monday, according to The Sun.

A man has been arrested at RAF Mildenhall after he tried ramming the front gates with a vehicle.

RAF Mindenhall is primarily used by the U.S. Air Force and is currently home to the 100th Air Refueling Wing (100 ARW). RAF Mildenhall contains one of the largest presences of U.S. Air Force members in the United Kingdom.

A Ministry of Defense spokesman said: “We are aware of incident at the entry point of RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk police have primacy; all questions should be referred to them.”

Suffolk Police said: “Police are responding to reports of a significant incident at RAF Mildenhall, further details shortly.”

Suffolk Police(Twitter)