The moment knifeman was captured after terrorising Morrisons shoppers

A reader sent in this picture of the disturbance at Morrisons  in Jarrow.
A reader sent in this picture of the disturbance at Morrisons in Jarrow.

This is the moment police capture a knifeman during a terrifying incident at a supermarket in South Tyneside.

Shocked shoppers say the man ran into Morrisons store in Jarrow and went behind the meat counter, picked up a large knife and began waving it at terrified staff and customers.

A reader sent in this picture of the disturbance at Morrisons  in Jarrow. The intruder is behind the counter.

A reader sent in this picture of the disturbance at Morrisons in Jarrow. The intruder is behind the counter.

Brave members of staff managed to corner him until police officers arrived on the scene.

It is believed that one officer had a Taser in his hand and when the knifeman saw it, he dropped the weapon.

Staff also evacuated the store amidst the chaos.

Pictures taken by one shopper show the man being handcuffed and taken away through the back of the store in the town’s Viking Precinct.

They looked like they were going to Taser him but they ended up handcuffing him then taking him through the back.

Witness

Police say they have arrested a man aged 30 on suspicion of affray.

Morrisons is helping police with their inquiries into the incident, which happened shortly before 6pm on Tuesday.

The customer who saw the incident and took the pictures, but did not want to be named, said: “There was a lot of shouting and then, about 20 metres away from me, there was a blonde man behind the meat counter with a massive, 15-inch knife with a yellow handle in his hand.

“The staff had managed to corner him behind the counter. He was just shouting and bawling. He looked off his face.”

The man added that more staff rushed towards the area, where the man, who he described as being about 5ft 6in tall about 30 years old and wearing a grey T-shirt at the time of the incident, was standing.

He added: “The staff were keeping the customers back, then the police turned up and one of the officers had a taser in his hand.

“One of them jumped over the counter to get to the man and he threw the knife away, sort of up in the air. They looked like they were going to Taser him but they ended up handcuffing him then taking him through the back.”

“The whole thing must’ve lasted about seven or eight minutes.”

The man added: “The staff were really brave and when the cops turned up there was no messing about. They weren’t going to let it go on and on and dealt with everything very swiftly.”

A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said: “At just before 6pm, on Tuesday, July 21, police received a report of a man with a knife at Morrisons, in the Viking Precinct.

“As a precaution, the store took the decision to evacuate.

“Officers attended the scene, where the man was located and detained. No one was injured as a result of the incident.

“A 30-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of affray. He is currently helping police with inquiries.”

A spokesman for Morrisons said: “We are assisting police with their inquiries.”

Morrisons Jarrow

Morrisons Jarrow

Any witnesses to the incident should contact police on 101, extension 69191, quoting log number 951 210715, or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.