Man arrested after approaching police with hammer in Kirkby

Police conducting a routine traffic stop in Kirkby underwent a ‘frightening’ ordeal when they were approached in the street by a man wielding a hammer.

Thursday, 7th January 2021, 4:19 pm
A 30-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident.

The officers were parked in a car in Kingsway, shortly before 12.50pm yesterday (Wednesday, January 6) dealing with a motorist for an unrelated offence.

Moments later they heard raised voices and saw a man walking towards them with the weapon.

After drawing their tasers for protection a 30-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of affray and possessing an offensive weapon.

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He was taken into custody and later released on bail.

Inspector Mark Disckson, district commander for Ashfield, said: “This was a frightening situation for the officers to be in but they responded in the exactly the right way – with calmness, professionalism and the measured use force.

“While this incident was resolved without injury, it is a timely reminder of the risks front-line police officers face every day they are on duty.”

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