• Lexi Ponder

U.S. air base alerted after car attempted to crash into the entrance

On Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, a U.S. air base in the U.K. was put under lock down after a car attempted to crash into the checkpoint at the entrance.

The incident took place at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk, in eastern England. The base is for the U.S. Air Force in Europe and is a home to more than 3,000 U.S. military personnel and their families, according to CNN.

A 44-year-old man was arrested immediately after the incident. According to CNN, the Suffolk authorities say that “shots were fired by American service personnel and a man has been detained ‘with cuts and bruises.’” The police say they are not looking for anyone else in relation to this incident and are not treating this as if it were an act of terrorism. According to CNN, a public affairs officer for RAF Mildenhall said that the air base is no longer on lockdown.

Police said that the officers were responding to the reports of a “significant incident” at the location of the base. On the RAF Mildenhall official Facebook page, they posted confirmation that the base was under lockdown around 1 p.m. (8 a.m. ET) for “reports of a disturbance on base.”

According to The Guardian, the air base has been used since 1950 by the U.S. Military. The air base was placed in the U.K. after government officials in Washington were concerned that the Soviet Union would think that the U.S. was “too occupied with the Korean conflict to adequately protect Europe.” The base was placed there to counter any threats to Europe. However, the Mildenhall has been “earmarked” to close by 2022 after officials in the Pentagon decided to scale down their European military presence.