Three officers hurt in struggle to arrest suspected knifeman

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Officers responded to a report of a man with a knife in Hounsdown Avenue in Totton

THREE police officers were injured as they tried to arrest a man in Totton suspected of carrying a knife.

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Marked cars arrived in Hounsdown Avenue in response to a resident’s report of violence and someone holding a blade on Monday at about 4.30pm.

Although no knife was found, two men were arrested after a struggle which left several officers with minor injuries.

A 21-year-old man from Marchwood was arrested on suspicion of possession of a knife/blade in a public place.

He was released with no further action for this offence. However, he remains under investigation on suspicion of assault by beating of an emergency worker.

A 20-year-old man from Totton was arrested on suspicion of a public order offence. He was released with no further action.

A Hampshire Police spokesperson said: “A member of the public reported seeing a man with a knife. Officers attended and arrested two people.

“During the course of the arrests, three officers sustained minor injuries. No knife was found.”

Anyone with information should contact Hampshire Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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