Moment knifeman is arrested after two-hour hostage siege at petrol station

Avon and Somerset Constabulary said a man, aged in his 50s, had been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following the dramatic incident in Hengrove, Bristol on Thursday

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a dramatic two-hour stand-off with police at a petrol station.

Workers at the Esso station in Bristol had to take refuge after a man turned up wielding a knife at the location.

Armed officers used “distraction devices” which emit a loud bang while dealing with the situation, as well as a baton round.

It had previously been reported that shots were fired.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary said a man, aged in his 50s, was eventually taken into custody after two hours of negotiations.

Members of staff on site were uninjured having remained in a safe room and in contact with officers, the force added.

A statement said: “Officers were called to a petrol station in Hengrove, Bristol, this morning, Thursday 9 September, after a report of a man armed with a knife at the location.

“After two hours of negotiations, officers safely detained a man.

“People in the area may have heard a number of bangs which came from police distraction devices being deployed and a baton round that was discharged.

“These were minimal force options and presented the least risk to the public, the suspect and officers in bringing the situation to a safe conclusion.

“Members of staff on site were uninjured having remained in a safe room and in contact with officers.

“A man in his 50s is currently at a police custody unit having been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and will be assessed by health professionals.

“The 999 call came in at 7.36am on Thursday 9 September and officers attended by 7.41am, when the road was closed as a precaution.

“One person had left the scene and made their way to hospital with knife wounds.

“He is a man in his 20s who is being treated for injuries are not currently believed to be life-threatening.

“Investigations continue and neighbourhood officers are patrolling the area to reassure the community.

Police were forced to shut the road – a busy dual carriageway – while dealing with situation.

This affected local bus services due to exit the Hengrove depot, in the south of the city.

The cancelled services resumed once the police incident had been dealt with.

First West of England said in an update on Twitter: “Services can now use Hengrove Depot but there are likely to be delays to services for the next couple of hours.”