British airbase used by USAF locked down after ‘security incident’

Seven U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft line up at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk, Britain. Police said Monday a man was arrested at the base after a security incident. File Photo by Staff Sgt. Jeanette Copeland/EPA-EFE

Dec. 18 (UPI) — A man was arrested Monday at a British airbase that’s been used by the U.S. military for decades, in what authorities are referring to as a “security incident.”

The man was arrested after he attempted to pass a checkpoint at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk — an airfield used by the U.S. Air Force.

“RAF Mildenhall locked down at 1 p.m. today following reports of a disturbance on base. The base was locked down and emergency personnel are responding to the situation,” British officials said in a Facebook post.

Suffolk police urged residents to avoid the area.

A spokesperson for the ministry of defense said officials are looking into the “security incident.”

Sky News reported that a vehicle tried to ram a gate at the air base.

The airfield, located 70 miles northeast of London, has been used by the U.S. Air Force since 1950.


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