BREAKING: Suspect escapes from Lewes Crown Court

Lewes Crown Court
Lewes Crown Court

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man who had just been sentenced for affray ran out of Lewes Crown Court this afternoon (Monday).

Police say the suspect, a 30-year-old man from Lewes, assaulted an officer while fleeing the court. Following a thorough search of the area involving the police helicopter and dog units, the suspect was found coming out of a shop in Queens Park Road, Brighton at around 2.30pm.

He was arrested on suspicion of escaping lawful custody and assaulting a police officer and currently remains in police custody.

Witnesses are asked to email quoting serial 399 of 14/11.

Lewes Old Grammar School, which is nearby to the court, was briefly put on lockdown following the incident. Headteacher Rob Blewitt confirmed they had been warned by police and had taken precautions to protect pupils but they had not been in any real danger. He said: "I have to commend the police for quickly they responded."

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