Sheffield McDonald’s ‘machete attack’ – Attempted murder arrest made as police rule out terrorism

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a reported machete attack in Sheffield city centre this morning.

Thursday, 31st January 2019, 12:07 pm
Updated Thursday, 31st January 2019, 12:08 pm
Police make an arrest.

Police were called to McDonald’s on the High Street at 9.26am after receiving reports of a man with a machete outside.   

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Police cordon off area outside McDonald’s in Sheffield city centre
Police make an arrest.

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A 47-year-old man was injured and video footage emerged of him with blood streaming down his face. 

Police confirmed he suffered non-life threatening injuries and has been taken to hospital by ambulance.

A 21-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, possession of a knife or bladed article and possession of drugs.

He is currently in police custody awaiting interview.

Injured man.

Police also confirmed the incident is not believed to be linked to terrorism.

Officers remain at the scene, but the High Street remains open.

Witnesses told earlier how terrified people fled from the scene. 

Police at the scene.

A number of buildings nearby were put on lockdown and people were told to stay inside while officers dealt with the incident. 

Superintendent Paul McCurry has praised the officers who attended for their bravery.

He said: “The CCTV operatives in Sheffield spotted a man with a machete, as a result they alerted police on the radio and nearby officers were on scene within less than two minutes of the call.

“They quickly detained the offender, placing the safety of the public over their own without hesitation.

“This is a superb example of the bravery of police officers who every day do amazing work to protect the public.”

Anybody with information about the incident is asked to call 101 quoting incident number 189 of 31 January 2019.