Hero passengers tackle ‘knifeman’ on board a busy Manchester commuter train and pin him down until police arrive
- Passengers pinned down the man at Oxford Road train station in Manchester
- Police arrested the suspect on suspicion of possessing and offensive weapon
- Officers confirmed that nobody was injured as a result of this evening’s incident
Commuters tackled a man carrying a knife on a train in Manchester city centre.
Police rushed to the scene at around 7.15pm and a man was arrested ‘quickly’ by officers on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon.
Eyewitnesses say a man was ‘held on the floor’ as he was taken off the train.
Members of the public held down a man suspected of carrying a knife at Manchester’s Oxford Road station earlier this evening
The man was pinned to the ground until police arrived at the scene
The suspect was arrested by police and taken away for questioning
Footage from the scene shows police and members of the public gathering around a man on the floor on the platform.
The man is then seen being taken away.
An eyewitness said members of the public and train passengers helped pin down the suspect.
She said: ‘I came to the train station and then at the barrier the train staff said nobody could leave the platform.
‘I think it was a Northern train that the man got off.
‘Some people were still on the train.
‘People were pinning the man down, that was members of the public.
‘Then the police came, maybe about 10 or more officers.
‘They handcuffed him and strapped his ankles together.
‘It was really scary to see that.
‘People were a bit shaken and they were shocked.’
A spokesman for British Transport Police said; ‘At 7.19pm today (25 October) officers from British Transport Police and Greater Manchester Police were called to Manchester Oxford Road station after reports of a man in possession of a knife.
‘Police officers were quickly on scene and detained a man. The man was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon, he is being taken to custody.’
‘There are no reported injuries and there is nothing to suggest this incident is terror related at this time.’