UPDATE: Man wanted in connection with Smallfield ‘stand off’ arrested

Police have arrested a man wanted in connection with a ‘stand off’ in Smallfield last month, the force has confirmed.

Officers carried out a raid on a home in Careys Road, at 6am on July 28.

Police said a person was seen inside the property with a suspected firearm.

Armed police along with dogs units and the police helicopter were called and surrounded the building.

They were there for 10 hours before it emerged the property was empty and the suspect had escaped.

Police released an appeal to trace Paul Hodge following the incident and have spent the past 11 days looking for him.

Surrey Police said it carried out a further raid in Dormansland over the weekend to try and locate the wanted man.

A spokesman for Surrey Police said: “A 57-year-old man wanted by police following an incident in Smallfield has been located and arrested.

“The man, who is currently in police custody, was arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm in connection with an incident at an address in Careys Wood on Thursday, 28 July.

“A 53-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender following a large scale operation in Dormansland over the weekend to locate the wanted man.

“He has been released on bail until Friday 9 September while enquiries continue.”

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