Car Runs Through Checkpoint at RAF Mildenhall Airbase used by US Forces

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A 44 year old British man is being held in custody after he drove through a checkpoint at RAF Mildenhall on Monday, an airbase used by US forces. The base went into immediate lockdown, and US security forces fired at the vehicle, according to the BBC. The man is being held under “mental health laws,” and police are not treating it as terrorism. The man’s name has not been released.

Police were contacted at approximately 1:40 p.m. local time about a car that drove past the checkpoint at the American part of the base. After a “short pursuit,” US Security forces stopped the vehicle near an Osprey tiltrotor aircraft on the tarmac. USAF air refuelers are based there, as well as certain contingents of Special Forces, according to Military.com.

Shots were fired, but the suspect was not injured by bullets.

“Shots were fired by US security, I don’t know how many, but I do know that shots were fired. It would be fair to say some of the minor injuries were probably as a result of him being apprehended.” Superintendent Kim Warner, Suffolk Police 

Suffolk police described it as a “significant incident,” but have declined to call it terrorism, instead terming it “trespass.” The base was back up and running normally soon after the incident.

The suspect is described as a 44 year old British man. He is being held under British mental health laws, but his name has not been released. There has been no further update from British media on this incident. No motive. ‘Just a nut case, nothing to see here.’

 

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