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‘Bangs And Flashes’ At Bristol Petrol Station As Police Confront Knife Attacker

by : Emily Brown on : 09 Sep 2021 10:59
'Bangs And Flashes' At Bristol Petrol Station As Police Confront Knife AttackerAaron Johnson/Facebook/@BristolBizz/Twitter

Witnesses have reported hearing loud bangs and seeing bright flashes at a petrol station in Bristol as police moved to confront a knife attacker. 

Officers were able to successfully detain the suspect after they entered into the shop of the petrol station in Hengrove Way armed with a knife, prompting staff to hide inside a safe room.

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Detailing the events which have been taking place this morning, September 9, Avon and Somerset police said authorities had closed the road surrounding the petrol station and shut down bus services as they responded to the situation.

Officers were able to get in contact with the staff as they hid inside, with the force saying, ‘Armed officers and a negotiator have been deployed to try to bring the incident to a safe conclusion. Members of the public are urged to avoid the area.’

Sky News reports that around half a dozen loud ‘bangs’ could be heard coming from inside the petrol station after police arrived at the scene, after which a man was led away in handcuffs.

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An eyewitness also claimed that armed police used stun grenades when entering the building.

In a statement, Avon and Somerset Police said, ‘We have detained a man in connection with an incident at a petrol station on Hengrove Way this morning. Investigations at the scene continue.’

As well as the man who was led away in handcuffs, police said another person from inside the petrol station left the scene and has been taken to hospital with injuries not believed life-threatening.

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Police arrived at the petrol station at 7.41am this morning after reports about the situation came in at 7.36am.

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Emily Brown

Emily Brown first began delivering important news stories aged just 13, when she launched her career with a paper round. She graduated with a BA Hons in English Language in the Media from Lancaster University and went on to contribute to The Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Student Problems before becoming Senior Journalist at UNILAD, where she works on breaking news, trending stories and longer form features.

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    Bristol: 'Bangs and flashes' as knife attacker is arrested after forcing staff at petrol station to hide in safe room