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Watch: Armed police arrest man waving knife around in Piccadilly Gardens

October 22, 2014, 12:02 pm

A man who was waving a large knife around in public was safely arrested by specialist officers.

At about 11pm on Tuesday 22 October 2014, CCTV operators spotted a man waving a large bladed knife around the Piccadilly Gardens area of Manchester and informed police.

Within two minutes of the call being received, response and armed response officers arrived at the scene and safely arrested the man, preventing any harm to him, officers present or members of the public.

A 55-year-old man was been arrested on suspicion of affray and remains in police custody for questioning.

Inspector Ian Fields, said: “This incident reflects exactly the kind of threat officers face on a day-to-day basis.

“For whatever reason, the man was waving an intimidating weapon around late at night, causing considerable concern and alarm to those members of the public in the area.

“Officers arrived within minutes and resolved the situation, ensuring no harm came to the wider public, the man or the officers themselves.

“Every day we respond to dangerous incidents involving potentially dangerous individuals who can be armed with deadly weapons and so the bravery of those involved and their determination to resolve this incident swiftly and safely should be highlighted and commended.”

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