Armed police descend on Sowerby Bridge street as shocked onlookers report shouts of ‘drop the knife’

Armed police descended on a street in Sowerby Bridge this evening, with reports that they were heard shouting “drop the knife” before entering a house.

Rawson Avenue was closed in both directions and traffic was told to wait while police carried out the operation. Armed police, a police helicopter and dogs were also present at the scene.

One man whose car was stopped while the incident was ongoing said that he was on his way home when he saw a number of police vans rush past him and up the road. He said that police “totally blocked two roads off” while they dealt with the incident.

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He said that he saw armed police surround the house and could hear them shouting “put the knife down” and “armed police”. He said that three people also came out of the house and waited with police.

After about five minutes police brought a man out of the property in handcuffs, according to the witness at the scene, and placed him in the back of a police van. The witness said that there was no ambulances and he doesn’t believe that anyone was hurt.

He said: “You don’t normally get this round here. I thought something really, really serious had gone on.”

A spokesperson for West Yorkshire Police said: “Police attended at flats on Rawson Avenue at about 5pm on Monday following a call reporting a concern for the safety for a man there.

“Due to information received, armed officers were deployed. The man was arrested without incident and the area returned to normality by 6.30pm with no wider threat to residents.”

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