Police in the United Kingdom on Monday arrested a male suspect who attempted to trespass onto an air force military base used by the United States, triggering a short lock down.
Mildenhall Royal Air Force base, or RAF base, used by the Air Force to refuel U.S. and NATO aircraft in Europe, was locked down around 1 p.m. local time as Suffolk Police responded to reports of a disturbance.
The suspect rammed the front gates of the base with a vehicle, with Sky News reporting that there were “shots fired”.
The U.K. Ministry of Defense said police were dealing with the situation. No motivation or suspect identity has been released at this time.
The base is home to some U.S. 3,100 military serviceman and women and about 3,000 of their family members.
Mildenhall RAF is set to close as Washington plans to move its forces to Germany, along with RAF Alconbury and Molesworth.
Mildenhall is long-lasting and historic military base for the U.S., often described as a “gateway to Britain” for U.S. forces.
More details to follow. Image 1 of a KC-135 taking off from Mildenhall RAF from Warbirds News.