Police subdue machete wielding man [video]

Metropolitan Police

Police managed to disarm a machete wielding man in Brockley on Monday evening.  The stand-off was captured on video by a Goldsmiths student.

The student who preferred to remain anonymous, was having a barbecue with friends on Shardeloes Road when the incident developed outside his home in Brockley.

His video of the extraordinary incident shows the police officers trying to ward off a man behaving aggressively and shouting “come on then.”

At one point a police officer only has a green plastic wheelie bin to protect him. Another officer can be seen to move forward with only a short baton and then retreat rapidly as the machete man moves towards him waving the weapon that appears to be nearly two feet in length.

The Metropolitan Police said:

Police were called to Shardeloes Road, SE4 on Monday 16 May at approx 18.20hrs to reports of man in the street armed with a machete. Officers attended the location where they found the man and called for the assistance of central units. They managed to detain the male and disarm him – no officers or members of the public were injured. The man was detained under the Mental Health Act and taken to a secure medical facility where he remains.

The video has been published in the Daily Mail as well as on YouTube. Warning: Content contains loud screaming and extreme language.

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