Public praised for helping deal with knife wielding teenager who bit officer

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Members of the public have been praised for their brave and quick-thinking actions in helping to deal with a knife wielding teenager.

A man who appeared to be under the influence and armed with a large kitchen knife was spotted behind the Morrisons store, in Hillheads Road, Whitley Bay, at 8.30pm on Saturday.

Two members of the public who were in the area spoke to the man and managed to keep him calm until police arrived.

When officers did get there they persuaded the man to put down the knife and he was arrested.

During the arrest the man became violent and assaulted one of the arresting officers, biting her in the arm, and another member of the public, a man, came to the officers’ assistance and helped restrain the offender.

Ross Parker, 18, of Park Grove, Shiremoor, was later charged with possession of a knife and assault and appeared at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court today (Monday).

Northern Chief Inspector Aidan Sloan: “I would like to thank the members of the public who played their part in helping officers bring this extremely frightening incident to a safe resolution.

“They were calm and showed extreme courage and bravery when faced with a man armed with a knife and without their help it could have been a very different outcome.

“I would also like to commend the actions of the officers who attended, especially PC Salter who put herself in potential danger in order to protect the public.

“Their response was swift and measured and helped safely resolve the situation.”

Anyone who was in Hillheads Road on Saturday night and who witnessed the incident is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference number 1008 02/07/16.