Man arrested for brandishing hatchet and bat at Manchester bombing vigil

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.

From BirminghamMail:

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.

The vigil was cut short after what police described as “disturbance.”

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.

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  1. Hannibal says:

    … do you want to get shot?

    Cause that’s how you get shot.

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Man arrested for brandishing hatchet and bat at Manchester bombing vigil

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