Suspected knife-man arrested after police chase

01 Aug 2018 10:40 AM

Sgt Jamie Bell 2 [View Full Size]

A suspected knife-man has been arrested by police after a foot-chase with city centre cops in Newcastle.

In the early hours of last Thursday (July 19) a call was made by door supervisors at Floritas to police reporting that a man had been spotted with a knife.

Inspector Jamie Bell and Sergeant Graham Cockerill had been on patrol in the city centre and were the first officers to attend.

They spotted a man matching the description of the suspect who then ran from the scene.

It led them on a sprint towards the railway station but Inspector Bell and Sergeant Cockerill were quick on his heels.

He was arrested on suspicion of possession of a bladed article and taken to custody with the assistance of additional officers.

A flip-knife, believed to have been thrown away by the suspect, was also found underneath a nearby parked car.

Now, Superintendent Steve Barron has praised the officers and described the chase as "good, old-fashioned police work".

He said: "Jamie and Graham were very quickly on scene after the door supervisors contacted the police through the Pub Watch scheme.

"After identifying a suspect they were hot on his heels and what followed was what I would describe as good, old fashioned police work.

"This is a great example of our door supervisors working with police to tackle suspected criminal activity in our night-time economy.

"It is one of the reasons why Newcastle is such a safe city and I want to commend both Jamie and Graham for their actions."

Jamie, who is an acting Inspector at Forth Banks Police Station, said: "These types of chases are the bread and butter for officers but it can be tough when you're carrying all the kit that we do.

"We were both worn out by the end of it but we made sure we were professional, made the arrest and secured any evidence that was available.

"It is down to the vigilance of the door staff at Floritas that ultimately resulted in this arrest and it shows how well the Pub Watch scheme works."

The man arrested has been released by police under investigation while inquiries are carried out to establish the full circumstances.

Anyone who saw a man with a knife in the area of Collingwood Street last Thursday evening is encouraged to call officers on 101 quoting log 61 19/07/18 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.