Armed officers arrest man wielding meat cleaver in Barnstaple
A 35-year-old man has been arrested by armed officers after wielding a large meat cleaver in a Barnstaple street this morning.
Police were forced to use tasers to subdue the man who was reported to be hitting lamp posts with a cleaver in Hughes Avenue at 1.45am.
On arrival, officers were confronted by the suspect who was still using the cleaver to damage lamp posts as well as other street furniture.
They were initially forced to withdraw after the armed suspect threatened them, with residents who had ventured onto the street urged to go back indoors.
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After being confronted by armed officers, the man continued to behave violently forcing officers to use tasers to apprehend him.
Around 20 lampposts were damaged on Hughes Avenue along with other street furniture.
The man remains in custody at Barnstaple Police Station.