Bristol petrol station siege: police arrest man after staff forced to hide from knifeman in safe room

Police were called to an early morning hostage situation

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after petrol station staff were forced to hide from a knifeman in a safe room.

Armed officers and a negotiator were called to an Esso station in Hengrove Way, Bristol, shortly after 7.30am.

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At a glance: 5 key points

  • Police were on the scene within five minutes and after two hours of negotiations, a man in his 50s was arrested.
  • A man in his 20s was being treated for non-life threatening knife wounds after leaving the scene and taking himself to hospital.
  • Members of staff at the forecourt, which had a Morrisons Daily shop inside, were uninjured after remaining in a safe room and in contact with police throughout.
  • There was a large police presence at the scene.
  • Around half a dozen loud noises – sounding like fireworks – could be heard before a man was led away in handcuffs by police.

What’s been said:

“Officers were called to a petrol station in Hengrove, Bristol, this morning, Thursday 9 September, after a report of a man armed with a knife at the location. After two hours of negotiations, officers safely detained a man.

“People in the area may have heard a number of bangs which came from police distraction devices being deployed and a baton round that was discharged.

“These were minimal force options and presented the least risk to the public, the suspect and officers in bringing the situation to a safe conclusion.

“Members of staff on site were uninjured having remained in a safe room and in contact with officers.”

Avon and Somerset Police

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