The University of Lincoln has reassured staff and students after the dramatic incident on campus that unfolded earlier today.
It has now been confirmed that the incident was linked to a burglary in Worksop.
In an email sent to all staff and students at the university, Deputy Vice Chancellor Simon Parkes said: “I would like to thank staff and the police for their professionalism during the incident today where a man was arrested as he walked through our campus.
“This incident has been widely reported and some of the speculation about its nature has been misleading.
“The man was not a student, he did not enter any of the University’s buildings and the incident was not connected to the University in any way.”
“I am so impressed by University of Lincoln staff and students. As the incident happened the library staff kept students in the library to allow police to complete their arrest, which was absolutely the right thing to do. I am grateful for their quick thinking. I understand that a few students were in the area at the time and were asked by the police to move out of the way.
“Lincoln is a safe and quiet city which makes instances like this all the more unusual. The presence of armed police was due to a joint operation by Lincolnshire Police and Nottinghamshire Police which led to this arrest.
“I am proud of colleagues and students and thank them for their calm and sensible reaction to the incident, which has enabled us to get back to normal on campus immediately.”
Outside the university campus, police also raided Raglan House, a block of flats just off Triton Road.