Video showing shocking footage of a man carrying a bladed weapon and petrol setting fire to a bank in Hull city center.
At around 1 pm on September 11, a man was reported carrying a ‘clever’ and petrol canister in Santander on King Edward Street.
He started a fire in the doorway of the bank causing a section of the city to go into lockdown as police were called in to handle the threat.
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Sarah Ackerman, a BBC worker, said:
“There was a huge presence of emergency companies, it was a complete lockdown.”
The area around Santander and the train station was cordoned off and investigations by the police followed.
Emergency services tended to the fire while police officers moved quickly to make an arrest.
The man ran away from the scene and got arrested at Paragon Interchange shortly after.
Chief Superintendent Phil Ward said:
“We are mindful of the public’s concern that these types of incidents may be related to terrorism.
But there is nothing to suggest that this is anything other than an isolated incident.
It has been dealt with promptly by the responding police and emergency services.
I want to offer reassurance that our priority at all times is the safety of the public.”
They play an important role, with members going beyond the call of duty when most needed.
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A resident of Hull, Ollie Wilson, 26, was standing outside when the incident occurred:
“I stood outside Santander and this guy came running in. Everyone was shouting 'get away' and they were screaming and shouting.
He ran out of Santander and everyone was saying 'move back.
Then went into Barclays and threw a load of petrol on the floor and this woman came out screaming.
There were flames and the next thing I knew armed police turned up.
They chased him down the street and caught him near Hull Paragon.”
Any persons with information regarding this attack should contact 101 quoting 237 of September 11. For more information click here.
In Hull, during another unrelated incident, a man was arrested by police for brandishing knives with a threatening demeanor.
The full story and identity of the arrested man can be found here.