Man arrested and assessed under Mental Health Act after incident at a Blackpool restaurant

A man has been assessed under the Mental Health Act after being arrested following a disturbance at a restaurant in Blackpool yesterday (Sunday, March 28).

Monday, 29th March 2021, 9:03 am
Updated Monday, 29th March 2021, 11:37 am

A squad of eight police vehicles rushed to the restaurant/takeaway in Highfield Road after reports of a fight breaking out at around 5pm.

Around 12 officers attended where they found an altercation taking place and one man wounded.

He was handcuffed, arrested on suspicion of affray and taken into custody.

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Police at the scene in Highfield Road, Blackpool at around 5pm yesterday (Sunday, March 28). Pic: Simon Mitchell
Police at the scene in Highfield Road, Blackpool at around 5pm yesterday (Sunday, March 28). Pic: Simon Mitchell

Police established that his injuries had been self-inflicted. He has since been assessed and detained under the Mental Health Act.

The force has confirmed that no-one else was injured during the incident and no other arrests have been made.

A police spokesman said: "It was a man having some sort of mental health-related episode and injuring himself.

"He was initially arrested on suspicion of affray but looks like he was then assessed under the Mental Health Act.

Police at the scene in Highfield Road, Blackpool at around 5pm yesterday (Sunday, March 28). Pic: Simon Mitchell

"There is no mention of anyone else being injured."

Pictures taken at the scene show police responding to the alarming incident inside the Highfield Road restaurant.

An air ambulance rapid response unit also attended the scene along with North West Ambulance Service.

An NWAS spokesman said: "I can confirm we attended an incident in Highfield Road yesterday, following a 999 call just after 5pm. No-one was taken to hospital."

Police and paramedics at the scene in Highfield Road, Blackpool at around 5pm yesterday (Sunday, March 28). Pic: Simon Mitchell

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