Worthing man in court after police have lit fireworks thrown at them

A MAN with a knife threw lit fireworks at police after they were called to reports he was threatening to harm himself.

Police attended Langton Road, Worthing, at around 10.15pm on Saturday (September 1) following reports a man was threatening to harm himself.

When police arrived, the man threatened officers with a knife and threw lit fireworks out of the property towards them.

Due to safety concerns, the fire service was called and residents from neighbouring properties were evacuated.

Specialist officers attended the scene, including firearms officers, a dog unit and negotiators, in a bid to bring the incident to a peaceful resolution and minimise the risk to the man and other members of the public.

At 3am, the man agreed to come out of the property and he was arrested.

No-one was injured in the incident.

David Swift, 51, of Langton Road, Worthing, was charged with affray and appeared at Worthing Magistrates’ Court this morning (Monday, September 3) where he pleaded guilty.

He has been remanded in custody to appear back at Chichester Crown Court on October 1.

Detective Inspector Alan Pack of West Sussex CID said: “I would like to thank the local residents for their understanding and patience during this incident which went on for several hours and meant that some people had to leave their homes during the night.”