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Man uses machete to stop people clamping vehicle in north Belfast


File photo of a machete

File photo of a machete

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File photo of a machete

Two people in north Belfast have been left shaken after being threatened by a man wielding a machete.

The incident happened at around 10.17am Thursday July 20, when it was reported that a man approached two people on the Forthriver Road as they were attempting to clamp a vehicle.

He produced a machete and challenged the pair, both of whom managed to escape without injury.

PSNI officers responded, and carrying out their enquiries they searched a nearby property in Forthriver Crescent where they discovered a number of suspected cannabis plants in a shed at the rear.

Speaking about the incident, the PSNI's Inspector Roy Burnside said: "A male, aged 30, was arrested on suspicion of common assault, suspected possession of an offensive weapon, cultivation of a Class B drug and abstracting electricity. He has since been released on bail pending further police enquiries."

Inspector Burnside added: "We know drugs are an issue of concern for local communities and we understand the misery drugs can cause to communities, to families, to those who get involved in drugs and we will continue to disrupt and arrest those involved in the sale and supply of drugs, bring individuals before the courts and work with communities and partner agencies to reduce the threat of harmful and illegal activity."

Anyone with any information connected to the dealing or supply of illegal drugs can contact police on the non-emergency number 101 or alternatively can anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Belfast Telegraph