A police helicopter was seen hovering over Old London Road and nearby streets after reports a man with a knife was seen in the area at around 3.10pm yesterday (January 27).
A number of firearms officers were sent to the scene and a nearby road was closed during the incident.
A spokesperson for Sussex Police said: “A vehicle was tracked by officers with support from the National Police Air Service Helicopter, and a man was later arrested in Clifton Road, Hastings, on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon in public. He remains in custody at this time.”
They added: “I would like to thank all those who may have been inconvenienced by the disruption for their understanding. This was an isolated incident and the public should not be concerned.”