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Incident in Bradford city centre
1:32pm Thursday 4th October 2012 in News
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- Dozens of police officers were in Bradford city centre at lunch-time during an incident initially reported as a bank robbery
That concludes our live coverage of the incident. Thank you to all those who tweeted us and called with information - we appreciate it. We'll be trying to find out why such a big police response for such an incident, so be sure to check back on the site and pick up tomorrow's Telegraph & Argus.
And we've got an official statement from West Yorkshire Police.
A police spokesman said that a man, age unknown, walked into Superdrug on Bank Street and was approached by staff in there on suspicion of theft.
He became aggressive and then left and headed into a bank on Market Street, believed to be NatWest where he was apprehended by a PCSO who removed him from the bank.
“He was still acting aggressively as he was removed and then assaulted the PCSO, who then called for emergency assistance,” the spokesman said.
“The man has been arrested on suspicion of theft and assaulting an officer and is currently in custody.”
The officer received minor injuries and it is understood no weapon was used.
Our crime reporter Steve Wright reports that the drama now seems to be over - police and crowds dispersed.
@Bradford_TandA suspect held in a van still as I left at 1.50... Strong police presence— @GlamPunx 04 October 2012
@Bradford_TandA then about 1.20 to 1.35 constant sound of sirens from all directions and market street was filled with vans and cars— @GlamPunx 04 October 2012
@Bradford_TandA saw them arrest just 1 person in all of that!— @ben__king 04 October 2012
@Bradford_TandA I walked in to natwest about 1.15pm and police and community support officer were holding a man down just outside..Big crowd— @GlamPunx 04 October 2012
More sirens in the city centre...
Reports of a "bank robbery" in Bradford City Centre on a nat West Bank on Market St. http://t.co/ZOahWQmJ— @JoshBlinman 04 October 2012
So what's happening in Bradford? A bank robbery?— @callum11 04 October 2012
We're just waiting for the official police statement and an explanation as to why such a huge police response - nine or ten cars and vans, dozens of officers - was required for an incident involving one individual...
Pictures clearly show, however, at least eight police vehicles and witnesses have told us up to 100 officers.
West Yorkshire Police say it is NOTHING to do with a bank robbery.
Official line from the police is that around 1.20pm a Police Community Support Officer requested emergency assistance in relation to an individual in Market Street.
Police now reported to be dispersing from the scene.
Crime reporter Steve Wright: "There's supposed to have been a robbery at a bank, a lot of people are saying Nat West. I've been in Nat West and they deny it.
"I'm also being told about the presence of a gun but that's not been confirmed by anyone.
"Witnesses report police arresting one man who was on the ground and struggling and he was led away."
@Bradford_TandA drama! http://t.co/4XeQIMGq— @ben__king 04 October 2012
#Bank Robbery in town centre #Bradford right now. Cops everywhere. Looks like #Natwest— @Nab_25 04 October 2012
There's still a lot of uncertainty whether this is actually the Nat West - our reporter Steve Wright has been told not on the scene. More as we clear this up.
@Bradford_TandA from our office window http://t.co/I3K3ysKO— @blackburnchris1 04 October 2012
Paul Coleman, who was shopping in Waterstones, heard sirens outside and saw people running around. He reports that there were nine or 10 police cars and what appeared to be a number of plain-clothes officers.
We're getting reports that it relates to the Nat West bank.
Reporter Claire Lomax says: "I was standing outside the Wool Exchange when two police officers apprehended and cuffed a young man."
Reporter Claire Lomax was on the scene at around 1.15pm when she saw "police coming from every direction on to Market Street" in the city centre.
Crowds had gathered along Market Street and up Bank Street as police cars and video vans with sirens blaring flooded into the area.
Huge crowds gathered in Bradford city centre as a suspected bank robbery was carried out at lunchtime.