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Knifeman scare near Jack Straw's office in Blackburn
A KNIFEMAN was handcuffed and disarmed outside Blackburn MP Jack Straw’s Richmond Terrace office after a ‘scary’ disturbance which started near Corporation Park.
The drunk 36-year-old is understood to have attempted to stab another man during the argument which wound its way through the town centre for more than 15 minutes, alarming passers-by.
The final events of the disturbance, involving four people and several officers, were witnessed by Mr Straw’s constituency secretary Damian Talbot.
He said: “I was coming into work at 8.15 am to find two police cars pulled up on Richmond Terrace outside Jack’s office. A man was sitting handcuffed on the floor shouting abuse and swearing at a woman and two men.
“A knife was then picked up by a policewoman a few feet away. It may not have been a machete but it was a very, very large knife. I understood he had attempted to stab at least one of the men.
“It was a scary start to the day. Jack wasn’t there and neither were any of our female staff, thank goodness.”
A Lancashire police spokeswoman said: “A 36-year-old man from Blackburn has been arrested on suspicion of affray and possession of an offensive weapon and is in custody.
At a meeting of Lancashire’s Police and Crime Panel at Blackburn Town Hall later, Blackpool council leader Simon Blackburn and his Blackburn with Darwen counterpart Kate Hollern expressed concern about drink-fuelled violence in town centres.