An eyewitness to an incident at a Mansfield hospital has revealed that a patient was taken hostage.
Emergency services were called to St Andrew’s Hospital, on Sherwood Avenue - which cares for people with mental illnessesi n secure units - on May 30 after a 999 call. Five police vans and three ambulances were needed at one point - plus the specialist Hazardous Area Response Team - but both the hospital and police played down the incident, describing it as ‘minor’.
However, according to a witness, one patient took another patient hostage while demanding McDonalds food. He had to be tasered by police before being arrested.
The eyewitness said: “Police came in with riot shields and helmets with a negotiator. He didn’t get [the food he asked for] as he was tasered and handcuffed then taken away in a police van.”
Nottinghamshire Police have not yet commented.