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Shoppers watched in horror as armed police arrested an armed robbery suspect in Brighton’s busiest shopping street.
Police said they had arrested a man on suspicion of armed robbery after a suspect robbed a newsagent and post office were robbed this morning
The suspect was detained in North Street by firearms officers at 10.20am after a report of an attempted robbery at the post office in St James’ Street at 9.05am and a robbery at 9.40am at Dyke Road News in Dyke Road.
A man armed with a gun demanded money at both locations. He left empty handed after staff refused at the post office but stole cash from the till at the newsagents.
An imitation firearm, a hammer and a lock knife were recovered at the scene of the arrest.
The city’s shops’ secutity guards the Brilliant Brighton Ambassadors helped. They tweeted a picture of the items found at the time of the man’s arrest .
Great work from the team this morning. Informed by police of armed robber at 9.48am. BID sighted which led to an arrest 10.24am. Male found with these items. pic.twitter.com/i1D8fSJMXJ
— BrillBrightonAmbsdrs (@BrightonAmbsdrs) December 6, 2017
Witnesses described seeing armed police accosting the man outside Waterstones.
One witness told The Argus: “I saw a man tackled to the ground and was taken away by police.
“People were saying he had a gun.
“I asked a police officer what was happening but he wouldnt tell me anything.
“People were pretty panicked.”
Source: The Argus