Police’s brilliant message as officers and public tackle knifeman to ground in Hull city centre

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Police’s brilliant message as officers and public tackle knifeman to ground in Hull city centre

Humberside Police have put out a brilliant tweet after officers and members of the public helped tackle a knifeman to the ground in the city centre.

A man was seen waving two knives in the middle of King Edward Street , next to the derelict BHS building, at about 12pm on Wednesday.

Mark Harris, owner of Brookes Menswear, saw the man and notified the police, before filming the man as he walked past terrified shoppers.



The man was seen wandering the streets freely with a stolen knife in his hand

The man was seen wandering the streets freely with a stolen knife in his hand

Mr Harris said: “He was waving the knives around and had one in each hand so I said to the police in no uncertain terms ‘this guy has got two knives and he’s coming down the street now waving them around in the street.’

“With that the police came out and I ran down the street a little and decided to get my phone out to video it.

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“They pepper sprayed him and he threw one of the knives to the floor which I managed to retrieve. They got him to the ground and held him there and managed to get the other knife from his grasp.

“I was just shaking and I’m only just starting to calm down now. He just threw that knife towards the police and he was just crazy.”

Police tweet

Following the incident, police had said he was in custody. “We were quickly on the scene to arrest a man for affray and possession of a weapon in King Edward Street today,” they said.

“Store security told us that a man had stolen a knife from a city centre shop and was in the vicinity.”



Police kept him pinned to the floor

Police kept him pinned to the floor

And, after Hull Live posted the article online about what had happened, officers were quick to praise those who came to help in a brilliant tweet.

They said: “Thanks to the amazing members of the public who stepped in to help our officers in Hull this afternoon. #togetheragainstasb #opIgnition .”

‘Thank you officers’

After the post went on Hull Live’s Facebook page, dozens of residents from across Hull thanked police for tackling the man.



The man was seen walking through the city centre with a knife before hurling it at pursuing officers

The man was seen walking through the city centre with a knife before hurling it at pursuing officers

“Just like to say thank you to the two police officers who put there own lives at risk to keep the public safe,” Gina said.

While Alan said: “The police officer better be rewarded for bravery.”

And Toni said: “Well done to the officers involved! Very brave.”

Operation Ignition

Over the past few weeks, police have stepped up patrols in the city centre following numerous reports of people fearing for their safety and businesses being hit by “zombie” druggies blighting the area.

To date, officers have made 77 arrests and issued 159 dispersal orders to try and combat the rise in anti-social behaviour in Operation Ignition.

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And Mark Harris told Hull Live he had seen the benefits of increased police activity.

“The operation has been brilliant in the past three to four weeks and the street has been really clean and tidy.

“The problems are just sporadic every now and then but you can’t just go through the city centre with two knives in your hand.”

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