Man arrested at Bristol petrol station after knifeman forces staff to hide in safe room

9 September 2021, 09:34 | Updated: 9 September 2021, 13:43

By Joe Cook

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after armed officers and a negotiator deployed to a Bristol petrol station.

Staff members hid in a safe room in a shop in the Esso branch when a knifeman reportedly entered, while police negotiators worked for two hours at the scene.

One person has been hospitalised with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening, Avon and Somerset Police said.

"Loud bangs and flashes of light" were witnessed at the petrol station, with police later confirming that these were "distraction devices" and a baton round being discharged.

Officers were called at 7.36am on Thursday and were at the scene by 7.41am, they added.

An incident response unit, multiple ambulances and armed police were all deployed.
An incident response unit, multiple ambulances and armed police were all deployed. Picture: Alamy

Police said a man in his 50s is in custody and being assessed by health professionals. He has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

The detained suspect was earlier seen being taken from a police van and placed in an ambulance at the petrol station.

Armed police have detained a man after multiple people were held at knifepoint at a Bristol petrol station.
Armed police have detained a man after multiple people were held at knifepoint at a Bristol petrol station. Picture: Alamy
Armed police were seen in the Morrisons shop at the petrol station.
Armed police were seen in the Morrisons shop at the petrol station. Picture: Alamy

A large number of police, multiple ambulances and an incident response unit were deployed at the station while officers negotiated with a man inside.

The force also urged members of the public to avoid the area and closed Hengrove Way.