West Midlands: Off-duty PC breaks-up violent city centre fight
September 21, 2012, 10:06 am
An off-duty police officer wrestled a knifeman to the ground after stepping into a Birmingham city centre fight yesterday.
Its understood a row broke out between hostel residents in Lionel Street, near the BT Tower, just before 5pm which resulted in one man suffering a stab wound to the shoulder.
A Birmingham PC on a rest day happened to be passing and bravely intervened to tackle the armed attacker and restrain him until uniformed colleagues arrived on the scene.
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Two men aged 30 and 21 were arrested and are currently in police custody being questioned on suspicion of wounding, whilst a 45-year-old man is in a stable condition in hospital. His injuries are not believed to be serious.
Investigating officer, Acting Sergeant Richard Stott from Force CID, said: “It appears the men involved knew each other and that an argument between them quickly escalated; several knives were recovered at the scene.
“The off-duty PC acted instinctively on witnessing a violent incident – he helped calm the situation and detain a key suspect. The disturbance was contained very quickly and there was no real threat to any other members of the public.”