A Birmingham, England vigil for the victims of the Manchester bombing was disrupted when a 39-year old man began shouting and brandishing a hatchet and novelty baseball bat.
Police officers arrested a man who is alleged to have been carrying a baseball bat and small axe at a vigil in Birmingham this evening.
The footage (below) shows officers detain a 39-year-old near Victoria Square in Birmingham city centre where hundreds had gathered in a show of solidarity following a suicide bomb attack at the Manchester Arena last night.
Police say the man from Birmingham– who is known to police and is thought to have a history of mental ill-health – was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon.
Superintendent Andy Parsons, responsible for policing in the west of Birmingham, said: “Officers spotted the man acting suspiciously and spoke to him. At this point they have arrested him.
“The man was carrying a bag, and as a precaution, Victoria Square where the vigil was being held was cleared for around 15 minutes.