British Air Base Used by U.S. Troops Put on Lockdown After Man Drives Vehicle Onto Airfield

In a major security breach, a 44-year-old British man drove a vehicle onto a British air base used by U.S. troops ― and even made it onto the airfield at RAF Mildenhall before being stopped.

An aerial video broadcast by the BBC showed a dark vehicle near a CV-22 Osprey on the flightline of Mildenhall, which is near Suffolk, England, with a police vehicle behind it.

Laura Caulton, a spokeswoman for the Suffolk Police, confirmed that the vehicle made it onto the airfield at RAF Mildenhall, but Caulton had not seen the BBC video and could not say if he made it to the Osprey. The Air Force referred inquiries to Suffolk Police.

Suffolk Police said Monday the incident is not being treated as a terrorist incident and that the suspect was initially arrested on suspicion of criminal trespass.

The incident prompted a lockdown at Mildenhall, which was lifted after the single suspect was apprehended.

Suffolk Police said on its official Twitter feed that U.S. troops opened fire, and the suspect was detained with cuts and bruises. No one else was injured, the police said.

Caulton said the investigation is still in its early stages, and the motive of the alleged intruder, who has not yet been charged, is still unknown.

“We are holding the individual in custody, and we will be interviewing him in due course,” Caulton said, adding that a decision on his charges would likely be made Tuesday.

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Source: Air Force Times