Brighton man arrested after threatening bus driver with axe
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Officers on patrol in Brighton as part of Operation Safety – Sussex Police’s response to tackling knife crime and serious violence – have arrested a man who threatened a bus driver with an axe.
At around 10.10am on Tuesday (January 18th), police received reports of a man boarding a bus in Arundel Road armed with a large axe.
When asked to get off by the driver he became aggressive and threatening, before making his way west along Eastern Road.
He was confronted by officers with Tasers who were driving past on Eastern Road and was safely detained after being challenged.
The man – a 41-year-old from Brighton – was arrested on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon in a public place.
Sergeant Barrett, of Brighton and Hove’s Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “This appears to be an isolated incident with no wider threat to the public and I commend the officers who made the arrest for their quick thinking and bravery.
“Through Operation Safety we have officers dedicated to tackling knife crime and serious violence in a number of ways, from proactive patrols and days of action, to educational outreach in schools and among local communities to address potential issues as early as possible.
“We also work with Border Force to stop knives being imported into the country, ensure local businesses are aware of Challenge 25 policies and work to target prolific offenders.”
What should I do if I’m worried about knife crime?
If you are under 18, you feel threatened, unsafe or scared about becoming a victim of knife crime you should try to talk with your parent or carer, or alternatively talk to Childline for help on 0800 1111 or go online at childline.org.uk.
If you are a parent or carer and you are concerned someone you care for is in danger of becoming a victim of knife crime, try to talk with them in the first instance or seek advice from Family Lives on 0808 800 22 22.
Whether you are a parent or young person you can contact Sussex Police on 101 to speak with your local neighbourhood policing team.
Who do I report knife crime to?
You can report knife crime online or by calling 101. In an emergency always call 999.