Teenage knifeman tasered and shot with rubber bullets

Posted On 10 Jan 2020 at 12:08 pm

A teenager who ran towards members of the public armed with a knife was tasered and shot with rubber bullets yesterday afternoon.

The 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon and has now been detained under the mental health act.

Police were called to a report of man armed with a knife in Lewes Road at 12.07pm on Thursday (9 January).

As he was approached by firearms officers, he ran towards members of the public. No members of the public were harmed.

Chief Inspector Rachel Swinney said: “I want to reassure the community that this was an isolated incident and our firearms officers responded swiftly to detain the man.

“I would like to thank those members of the public who had seen the man with the knife and quickly reported it to us.”

  1. Barnaby F Reply

    Such a scary area. Drunks, druggies and unemployed. Terrifying

    • NR Reply

      FFS it’s not a scary area at all, what’s wrong with you? Ever been down west street on a weekend? Oh and WTF is scary about the “unemployed” exactly?! You comment says a lot about you.

  2. Sophie Hove Reply

    Sadly not surprised – this part of the city is in decline. Thought was meant to be having investment and looks even more run down than before. Sad. We need to invest in rundown areas like this…

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