Man with a knife in Manchester - level 3

Man with a knife in Manchester - level 3

28-10-2014 07:00

Shocking CCTV footage released by Manchester police shows the moment the man wielding a large-bladed knife is tackled to the ground by armed officers.

At about 11 pm on Tuesday, CCTV operators spotted a man waving the butcher’s knife around the Piccadilly Garden's area of Manchester and informed the police.

The man can be seen struggling to stand and interacts with terrified members of the public, as he continues to wave the knife around.

Several bystanders can be seen approaching the man who was also carrying a number of other items.

Within a couple of minutes of being called, local response and armed police officers arrived at the scene and bravely took the man to the ground.

A 55-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of affray and remains in police custody for questioning.

Difficult words: CCTV footage (security camera video), wield (hold a weapon out to prepare to use it), tackle (pushed), butcher (a person who cuts apart large pieces of meat), interact (communicate or make people react), terrified (scared), bystander (person who watches something), affray (a fight in a public place).


What do you think about the man? Why did he do this?

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