Man caught on video brandishing crossbow in town centre detained under Mental Health Act

A man caught on video brandishing a crossbow in Barnsley town centre and threatening members of the public has been detained under the Mental Health Act.

The 31-year-old, from Barnsley, was spotted with the crossbow in Peel Street in the early hours of Sunday.

A passer-by filmed the events even when the crossbow was pointed at him.

Police officers were seen on the video approaching the man after he dropped the crossbow, then retreating for their own safety when he picked it back up.

A man was arrested after an incident with a crossbow in Barnsley town centre

Armed police officers were later deployed and the man was arrested on suspicion of public order act affray.

South Yorkshire Police said: “We received reports of a man in possession of a crossbow in Barnsley town centre.

“The man was located on police CCTV and was seen to be threatening members of the public on Peel Street.

“Armed response officers were immediately deployed to the scene.”

Superintendent Paul McCurry said: “Prior to their arrival, unarmed officers on routine public order duty approached the man using their shields to protect members of the public.

“Their actions resulted in the man dropping the weapon, which was safely recovered.

“The man then ran from officers, climbing onto the bridge on West Way. Due to the skills of officers at the scene, he was swiftly detained and brought to safety.”

Supt McCurry added: “This was a serious incident which was distressing for those who saw it unfold.

“Our officers showed their absolute commitment to public safety this morning, they responded very quickly with limited protection to safely resolve the incident.”

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