MEMBERS of the public managed to disarm a man wielding a knife after a crash "escalated".

The road traffic collision was on Larkhill Close, in the Roundhay area of Leeds.

It happened on Saturday, January 23.

Officers from West Yorkshire Police's Operation Jemlock team - the force's dedicated initiative for tackling knife and serious violent crime - rushed to the scene, after the situation "escalated".

A man began wielding a knife and members of the public bravely stepped in to disarm him.

Police arrested a 25-year-old male and he has been charged to court.

A spokesperson for the force said: "Operation Jemlock officers attended a report of an RTC on Larkill Close in Leeds.

"It had escalated and resulted in members of the public disarming a 25-year-old male of the pictured knife.

"Arrested and charged to court, but could have had a very different ending."