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Man arrested after confronting firefighter with a sword

Posted by Ellie Watson on 12 April 2022

A suspect was arrested after a firefighter was confronted with a sword.

Emergency services attended an address in Newcastle Avenue, Worksop, at around 9pm on Sunday (10 April) when a small fire was spotted at the back of the property.

After gaining access to the property, the male firefighter was confronted by a suspect carrying the sword.

Police officers were informed and a suspect was detained within minutes.

A 51-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of affray and possession of an offensive weapon.

He was later released on conditional police bail as investigations continue.

Phil Revill, Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service Group Manager said: “This was a despicable act that put one of our firefighters at risk. We have zero tolerance for aggressive behaviour towards our crews, who work tirelessly to keep our communities safe.

“We will be working closely with Nottinghamshire Police while investigations continue.”

Inspector Samantha Winter, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This was a frightening experience for the victim who was simply trying to do his job. Firefighters and other emergency workers put themselves at risk every day to keep the public safe.

“Their jobs are challenging enough already and threats from members of the public will never be tolerated.”