Man arrested after ‘threatening police with a hammer’ – prompting response by armed officers

Police on Lucas Avenue on Tuesday night. Photograph: Matty Tomo on Facebook
7 Oct 2020 @ 10.00 am
| Crime

Armed police were called to a street in York after a man ‘threatened them with a hammer’, it emerged today (Wednesday, 7 October).

Last night Lucas Avenue was sealed off in response to the incident.

Officers went to the street at 4.15pm on Tuesday (6 October), as part of routine enquiries into an offence of criminal damage to a pub window.

When they arrived, a 35-year-old man inside the flat “threatened officers, brandished a hammer, and smashed a window,” a North Yorkshire Police spokesman said.

“Specially-trained firearms officers were deployed to the scene to keep everyone safe, while a police negotiator spoke to the man.”

Fire and ambulance crews were also called to Lucas Avenue.

The emergency services at the scene. Photograph: Matty Tomo on Facebook

At 11pm, the man left the property and was arrested.

The force spokesman added: “No one was injured, and the situation was brought to a safe conclusion.

“We know this must have been a concerning incident for residents living nearby, and we are grateful for their patience and understanding.”

This afternoon a 35-year-old man was charged with a public order offence and obstructing police yesterday, and criminal damage to the window of a pub in Clifton, York, last month.

He is due to appear at York Magistrates Court on 25 January 2021.