'Like Miami Vice' as armed cops swoop in Helston

'Like Miami Vice' as armed cops swoop in Helston

'Like Miami Vice' as armed cops swoop in Helston

First published in News

A quiet residential road of Helston became a scene “from Miami Vice” on Sunday evening when police with guns swooped over allegations of a man threatening a neighbour with a Samurai sword.

As residents of Kingsley Way enjoyed the early evening sunshine they were startled by the sight of at least six police cars, including armed officers and a police sniffer dog, running past their windows and descending on an upstairs flat.

It was after a 999 call was made just before 5pm, by a 50-year-old man who claimed to have been threatened by his 45-year-old neighbour brandishing a Samurai sword.

The flat is within sight of St Michael's Primary School and directly opposite Trengrouse Nursing Home.

One resident, who asked not to be named, said: “It was like Miami Vice here. Gardens were all searched.”

Another said: “We had the riot squad down - that was frightening. There were guns and a sniffer dog, with six police cars. It was like something off a movie. I looked out and could see guns and riot shields.

“I'm quite impressed with the police actually.”

A police spokesman said officers were initially called to reports of a man threatening a neighbour with a “machete.”

Firearms units were called as back up.

The spokesman said the issue was resolved by 6.30pm when a 45-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of affray.

He was taken into police custody at Camborne and interviewed over Monday.

A police spokesman said: “No one was hurt during the incident and no weapons were used.”

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