Woman ‘repeatedly attacked’ with machete in Blackpool saved by ‘brave’ police officers
A young woman was “repeatedly attacked” with a machete on a Blackpool street.
Blackpool South MP Scott Benton has praised officers for their bravery after chasing down the suspect and stopping the “major incident”.
Mr Benton was out on patrol with police and the council’s housing and anti-social behaviour teams in South Shore last night (Friday, May 28) whent he incident happened.
He said: “We were travelling down a main road in South Shore with the Police in a car when Cllr Bradley Mitchell, who was with us, thought he spotted a man carrying a knife. The police turned the car around and 30 seconds later we saw a man with a foot long machete repeatedly attacking a young woman.”
The MP explained that police officers ordered a man to drop the weapon, but he refused and fled the scene.
Mr Benton said: “The man ran off and after a short chase and use of pava spray the man eventually dropped the knife and was arrested.”
He went on to praise the two police officers who he said did an “outstanding job”.
“The bravery and conduct of the two local Police Officers was outstanding. If we hadn’t have seen the suspect when we did and were it not for the bravery of the officers in stopping him we could have seen a major incident with multiple fatalities,” he said.
Mr Benton added that he will make sure the officers are “properly recognised for their bravery”.