Police taser knifeman in Portslade

Posted On 21 Jan 2019 at 8:53 am

A man with a knife was tasered and arrested after a “frightening” episode when he ran in and out of several people’s homes in Portslade at the weekend.

Sussex Police said yesterday that they were waiting to interview the 30-year-old man who had been taken to hospital.

The force said: “Police have thanked local residents for their assistance in the swift resolution of a dangerous incident in Portslade.

“At 5.50pm on Saturday (19 January) emergency calls began to come in about a partly-clothed man who was running violently in and out of four houses in Warrior Close, Portslade, and three in adjacent Brackenbury Close.

“Within 20 minutes of the first call the officers, thanks to information provided by the callers, had located the man in nearby Fox Way.

“He was holding a knife which he had picked up from one of the houses and confronted the officers but was quickly and safely arrested with the aid of taser discharge.

“The 30-year-old man was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, in Brighton, to be treated for what is believed to be an underlying health condition.

“Police are currently waiting to interview him and are working to establish the motive for his behaviour.

“A woman at one of the address received injuries when her door was pushed open as the man ran past, and two police officers were slightly hurt as they restrained the man.”

Chief Inspector Rachel Swinney said: “This was a frightening experience for the residents involved, even though none of them reported being directly threatened. With their help we resolved this incident very quickly.

“We have had thanks from local people for our response and have reassured them that this was an isolated and swiftly contained event and there is no ongoing concern for their safety.”

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