A quiet road was sealed off while armed police raided a flat in the early hours of this morning after a man told police he had been held there against his will at knifepoint.
Firearms officers rushed to Melbourne Street, off Lewes Road in Brighton, at 1.35am after the victim, a 49-year-old man, alerted them after escaping through a bedroom window.
This morning, a police car sat outside the flat, where the front door was hanging from the hinges and the bedroom window pane was smashed.
A police spokeswoman said: “Two men were arrested on suspicion of false imprisonment after a man reported being held against his will at knifepoint at a flat in Melbourne Street, Brighton, at 1.35am on Wednesday (24 January).
“The 49-year-old victim reported being kicked and punched by one of the men before he escaped through a bedroom window and alerted police. The victim and the suspects are known to each other.
“A 22-year-old man and a man aged 28 were detained by firearms officers and are currently in custody as of Wednesday morning (24 January).”
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