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Police thank public in Crawley College incident

Sussex Police has expressed their thanks to those who helped apprehend a suspect amid reports of gunshots at a West Sussex college.

Armed officers were deployed to Crawley College on the afternoon of 26 April and arrested an 18-year-old man.

It has since been revealed that two members of staff sustained minor injuries, and a knife and firearm were recovered from the scene. Students from the college have also shared a video appearing to show a member of staff tackling the suspect to the ground and pinning him to the floor on Snapchat.

Sussex Police were assisted by the Explosive Ordnance Disposal, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service and South East Coast Ambulance Service. Nothing suspicious was found.

Ch Spt Howard Hodges, from Sussex Police, said: “We continue to have a policing presence in Crawley and are speaking to witnesses. We are still appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

"Two staff members at the College suffered minor injuries and presented themselves to a walk-in medical centre. I want to thank those who helped apprehend the suspect before officers arrived and all the students, staff and public for their co-operation today."

Crawley College remains closed to students on Tuesday while police enquiries continue.

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