Published: September 18, 2012
Man who 'threatened policeman' arrested after huge search in town

A man who allegedly threatened to kill a policeman in Burnham-On-Sea was arrested after a major air and ground search last night (Monday).

Police were initially called out at 8pm after the man threatened an officer with a weapon and ran off.

A police helicopter was called in to search a large area of the town, including the area around Highbridge Train Station.

The man was eventually arrested in Brunel's Way just off Pople's Bow half a mile away after police used a taser gun to restrain him.

Police spokesman Martin Dunscombe confirmed to "At around 8pm, police were called to a man causing problems. We tried to talk to him, but he ran away and was later arrested in Brunel's way at 9.40pm."

"He was arrested on suspicion of threat to kill and possession of a knife blade or sharply pointed article."

Train services had been halted and Highbridge station was temporarily closed while police dealt with the incident.

There was a heavy police presence in Pople's Bow, where the man was arrested

A beam of light shining down from the police helicopter above Somerfield in Highbridge during the incident


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