This is the moment a knife-wielding man gets bundled to the floor in the city centre by police after throwing a stolen blade at officers who were chasing him.
Mark Harris, owner of Brookes Menswear in King Edward Street, alerted police after spotting two men shouting in the street at 12pm on Wednesday, July 4.
The 55-year-old realised one of the men was armed with potentially two knives and decided to notify police officers after spotting a police van parked next to the derelict BHS building.
How the terrifying incident unfolded
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.”
When the man threw the knife at the officers, Mr Harris, who was left shaking after the unnerving encounter, carried on filming to capture the moment he was apprehended.
“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.”
What happened to the man
Humberside Police have confirmed that a man has been arrested for two offences.
A tweet issued by the force said: “We were quickly on the scene to arrest a man for affray and possession of a weapon in King Edward Street today.
“Store security told us that a man had stolen a knife from a city centre shop and was in the vicinity #opIgnition #togetheragainstasb. We’re here to keep you safe.”
‘Police must keep up Operation Ignition’
Mr Harris has recently spoken out about problems relating to drug-taking and antisocial behaviour in the city centre.
He has witnessed some shocking behaviour take place and at the height of the city centre’s problems, he thought “zombie druggies” might end up killing each other for Spice.
After police continued to receive complaints about drug users in the city centre, they launched Operation Ignition to tackle the issue.
That has seen more police patrol the area with arrests made and dispersal orders dished out over the past few weeks.
However, Mr Harris admitted it was disappointing to see a man walk freely around King Edward Street with a stolen knife and he wants the police to continue their city centre clampdown.
“It’s just mental and it’s just one of those things you don’t want to see,” he said.
“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.
“You can’t get a slap on the wrist for that and get set free.”
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