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Man held after Hull city centre bank blaze

Man held after Hull city centre bank blaze

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City bank blaze suspect arrested
A man has been arrested after part of a city centre was left "in lockdown" when a fire was started at a bank.An eyewitness described seeing a man wielding a "cleaver" inside Santander in King Edward Street, Hull, at about 13:00 BST before he started a blaze.Police said they were called to reports of a man with a bladed weapon who was carrying petrol.A man was arrested at Paragon Interchange station and remains in custody, the force added.Yorkshire breaking news: Teacher jailed for child abuse; Hotels offer fake views for windowless rooms
BBC employee Sarah Akerman said she saw a man "wafting a butcher's cleaver" inside Santander, before starting a fire in the doorway."There was a huge presence of emergency services, it was a complete lockdown," she said.
Eyewitness Sarah Akerman described seeing a man wielding a "cleaver" inside Santander
Ms Akerman said she "heard a lot of shouting and screaming" and described seeing the man run across the street from Santander towards Barclays, before he headed towards the train station.BBC Radio Humberside presenter Andy Comfort said Santander staff were "visibly distressed".
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An area around Santander was cordoned off and people advised to avoid it while investigations continued. A cordon was also placed around the train station.Ch Supt Phil Ward said: "We are mindful of the public's concern that these types of incidents may be related to terrorism, however there is nothing to suggest that this is anything other than an isolated incident which has been dealt with promptly by the responding police and emergency services."I want to offer reassurance that our priority at all times is the safety of the public."
Witnesses reported seeing the man run across the street to Barclays Bank
A Santander spokeswoman said: "Santander is shocked by the attack on its branch in Hull and we are co-operating with the authorities to understand what happened and why."Rail operator TransPennine Express said the train station remained "open to customers and train services are running as normal", but the ticket office had been shut.
A man was carried out of Hull train station on a stretcher by police, but officers said nobody was hurt
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