‘Serious incident’ sparks lockdown, arrest in UK city
Police in the United Kingdom have imposed a lockdown in the northern English city of Barnsley after a ‘serious incident’ in which several people reportedly brandished knives and a member of the public was injured.
Barnsley Mayday Green Market said on its Facebook page on Saturday that “this market and most of the town center is in lockdown” after police was informed of a man with a knife in the covered trading area.
Others said they had heard “second-hand reports” showing that there may have been more than one individual with a knife in the market.
South Yorkshire Police said on Twitter that it was responding to a “serious incident”. It later said that officers rushed to the scene of the incident where a man had reportedly been stabbed, adding that an arrest had been made.
“One man suffered minor injuries. No other injuries have been reported at this time,” said the police statement, adding, "One person has been arrested in connection with the incident and is in police custody.
Authorities said they were studying reports that the man brandishing knife had not been alone and there could have been accomplices.
There was no report suggesting that the incident may have been of terrorist nature. However, a string of terror attacks in Britain over the past years, including by individuals brandishing knives, has prompted authorities to raise the alert level across the country.