Man arrested following firearm reports in Goring

A man has been arrested on suspicion of firearms offences, assault and burglary following a stand-off with police in Goring over the weekend.

Officers were called to an address in Maybridge Crescent just before midnight on Saturday (July, 6), after a report that a man known to the occupants was breaking in and was in possession of a handgun. 

Police said two women, who were inside the house along with four children, sustained minor cuts following the incident. 

Meanwhile, residents from surrounding homes had to be moved to a local police station for their own safety while police negotiated with the man. 

After several hours the man came to the door but refused to comply with officers’ instructions, according to police – who said a taser was used on him.

Police later arrested a man on suspicion of assault and firearms offences, as well as burglary after he was medically assessed at Worthing Hospital.

The force said the weapon was found to be an imitation handgun and several knives have been recovered from the address.

Chief Inspector Miles Ockwell, said:

“This was a very serious incident. Our priority was to ensure the safety of those at risk and we managed to do so while also minimising the level of harm to the man involved, who can now be dealt with through the Criminal Justice system.

“We thank people living nearby for their patience and understanding for the disturbance caused while we resolved this incident safely.”