Armed police arrest man with flintlock pistol and knife in Sudbury

Armed police were deployed in Sudbury. Library image.

Armed police were deployed in Sudbury. Library image.

A man arrested after he was spotted in two Sudbury pubs with weapons has been cautioned.

Police were first called at 4.22pm today to the White Horse pub in North Street after the man place an antique or replica gun on the bar.

Staff called officers after asking the man to leave, but nothing was found in a search of the area and a visit to the suspect’s address

The Suffolk police control room then received a call at 5.35pm to the Black Boy Hotel in Market Hill to with a report of a man matching the same description with a wooden-handled knife or bayonet in his pocket.

Armed officers were deployed discreetly and arrested the man, aged 59, who was found in possession of a large knife and a flintlock pistol.


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The man was given a police caution after being assessed for mental health issues while in custody.

No-one was hurt in the incident and the weapons were not brandished, with only the two calls being made to Suffolk Constabulary.

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