Man carrying suspected firearm in Worthing is arrested

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A 63-year-old man was arrested in Worthing after he was seen carrying a suspected firearm yesterday, Sunday, May 15.

Police were called at around 11am to Stoke Abbott Road after a man was reported to have been seen threatening a woman in a car with a suspected firearm.

It is thought he was trying to take the vehicle from the woman, but when she refused to get out he walked away.

He was then seen walking through Marks and Spencer, in Montague Street, entering through the northern side and leaving through the south.

He was still in possession of the suspected firearm, but did not have it on display and no-one in the shop was threatened.

He was stopped by police as he walked east along Marine Parade and attempted to open a car door, and was arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery.

A decommissioned handgun was recovered from him.

The 63-year-old from Burgess Hill was later further arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery following a report that a man entered Quality Foods cash and carry, in Teville Road, Worthing, at around 10.55am and pointed a suspected firearm at a member of staff.

The man quickly left the shop after the member of staff said he was going to call police and nothing was taken.

The man has been bailed until June 3 and voluntarily sectioned under the Mental Health Act.