City centre on lockdown as armed police rush to tackle knifeman


City centre on lockdown as armed police rush to tackle knifeman, 54, after he threatened to stab himself

  • Police officers were sent to Chichester city centre at around 10pm last night 
  • Sussex Police put the city centre on lockdown as they spoke to the 52-year-old
  • Officers were able to make an arrest at 1.20am and an investigation is underway 

Armed police raced to a city centre last night after a man was seen brandishing a knife. 

Chichester city centre was put on lockdown at around 10pm as officers engaged in a three hour stand-off with the knife-wielding man. 

Sussex Police were eventually able to talk the 52-year-old man – who had threatened to harm himself – into surrendering. 

Officers were sent to Chichester city centre at around 10pm on Thursday and engaged in a three hour stand-off with the knife-wielding man.

Sussex Police put the city centre on lockdown as they tried to talk the 52-year--old man - who had threatened to harm himself - into surrendering.

Sussex Police put the city centre on lockdown as they tried to talk the 52-year–old man – who had threatened to harm himself – into surrendering.

He gave himself up at 1.20am on Friday morning. 

The stand off was the second incident firearms officers and negotiators from Sussex Police have been called to this week.

Coronavirus lockdown restrictions have been in place for a month.

A spokesman said police were called at 9.42pm on Thursday night and the man gave himself up at 1.20am on Friday morning.

The stand off was the second incident firearms officers and negotiators from Sussex Police have been called to this week

The stand off was the second incident firearms officers and negotiators from Sussex Police have been called to this week

He has been sectioned under the mental health act and is being cared for by health care professionals.

A spokesman for Sussex Police said: ‘The incident was contained and there was no danger to the general public, but police have thanked people for heeding requests to stay away from the area and apologised to the local community for the disruption caused as they dealt with the man.’

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