Lancashire news LIVE: Blackpool Police detain 80-year-old man under the mental health act following Halifax bank stand-off

Last updated: Tuesday, 29 September, 2020, 07:07

  • Halifax bank stand-off in Blackpool comes to an end

Blackpool Police release statement following Halifax bank stand-off

In a statement on Facebook this morning, Blackpool Police said: 

“Further to our posts last night, the incident at the Halifax bank in Blackpool has now been brought to a safe conclusion.

“We were called at around 2.10pm yesterday afternoon (Monday) to reports a man on a mobility scooter had entered the bank before pouring petrol inside the building. The bank and nearby buildings were evacuated.

“Emergency services remained at the scene carrying out negotiations with the man and at around 2am he gave himself up.

“An 80-year-old man has since been detained under the mental health act.

“A cordon will remain in place around the bank while investigators attend.”

These were the headlines on Monday…

19:25 – Police remain outside the Halifax Bank on Church Street

Latest update from Blackpool police:

“Further to our earlier post, emergency services are still at the Halifax bank in Blackpool. 

“We continue to ask people to avoid the area if possible. 

“We will update this page when the incident has concluded.”

Takeaway food arrives for the emergency services, as the stand-off on Church Street continues into its fifth hour

The stand-off with police has now been going on for two-and-a-half hours

‘He had been arguing with people and was red in the face with anger’

Cheryl Daniels, 53, had been walking on Church Street when she had spotted the man by the bank.  

She said: “He was angry and had got off his scooter with a fuel can. He had been arguing with people and was red in the face with anger. 

“It was really scary because he had a fuel can but at the same time because he was that frail you wouldn’t imagine him doing what he did.

“When he poured the petrol lots of people started running and I got out of the way. It must have been some sort of mental episode for him to do this. It’s quite sad really.”

‘It was quite surreal seeing someone of that age doing something so serious’

Darren Harrison, 35, of Blackpool said: “The guy looked at least in his 80s and quite frail. He had a flat cap on and he wasn’t easy on his feet.  

“It was quite surreal seeing someone of that age doing something so serious. He must have planned it as he had an unleaded fuel can ready. He was asking for his money and getting quite angry with staff and then he just poured it over himself.

“Everyone ran and the police were here in minutes and a cordon had been set up. I couldn’t tell if anyone else was still in the bank as I didn’t want to stick around.”

A spokesman for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said:

We were called at 14:13 to assist the police at an incident at the Halifax Bank on Church Street, Blackpool.

We have sent two fire engines from Blackpool and another one from Bispham and firefighters are on standby to assist the police.

Quick summary of what we know so far:

– Police were called to Halifax bank on Church Street at 2.10pm

– A man on a mobility scooter has reportedly entered the bank and poured petrol inside

– All staff have left the building but the man remains inside

– Eyewitnesses say the man has threatened to ignite the fuel, prompting armed police and fire crews to respond

–  A negotiator is at the scene, along with ambulance crews

– A cordon is in place along Church Street and St John’s Square

– Nearby buildings have been evacuated

– Members of the public are being told to avoid the area

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There have been reports the man also covered the bank manager in petrol

Latest pictures from the scene

Officers have confirmed no members of staff remain inside the bank and a negotiator is on the scene.
Police rushed to reports a man had poured petrol inside Halifax bank.

Read the full police statement by clicking HERE

Nearby buildings have been evacuated while police deal with the incident

Armed police respond as man ‘pours petrol on himself’ inside Halifax bank in Blackpool

Police rushed to reports a man had poured petrol inside Halifax bank in Church Street at around 2.10pm today (September 28).

Eyewitnesses say the man has threatened to ignite the fuel, prompting armed police and fire crews to respond.

Officers have confirmed no members of staff remain inside the building and nearby buildings have been evacuated.

Read the full police statement by clicking HERE

Officers have confirmed no members of staff remain inside the bank.
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