The base was locked down which means “locking doors, drawing curtains, turning off lights to make sure all the personnel are safe. “ But the measure was lifted shortly. nearly two hours after the incident started. Schools in the local area were also placed on lockdown. A National Police Air Service’s helicopter was also called to the base. The base houses about 3,100 members of the US military and an additional 3,000 family members. The base is currently home to the 100th Air Refueling Wing. Its KC135 tankers are used to refuel US and Nato aircraft in Europe.
Police near the base after incident
Suffolk Police said: “Police are continuing to deal with an ongoing incident at RAF Mildenhall. It is considered that there is no wider threat to the public or occupants on the base. One man has been arrested and police are not looking for anyone else on the site.” RAF Mildenhall was previously among the American bases targeted by Isis supporter Junead Khan, who was jailed for preparing a terror attack in April 2016. The base is due to close in 2022.