‘I’ve got a wife and kids and I just did what I’d ex­pect any man in that sit­u­a­tion to do’ - Vin­ney King

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­ Twit­ter: @PTstephenB

A brave fa­ther and son have been praised af­ter dis­arm­ing a bare­foot man bran­dish­ing two large knives in a Peter­bor­ough med­i­cal cen­tre. The dra­matic in­ci­dent un­folded at 1.30pm on Sun­day whenVin­ney King and his fa­ther Bernard O’ Ma honey were driv­ing alongGranville Street, Peter­bor­ough, when­they­saw a man bran­dish­ing two large knives run­ning bare­foot along the street.

Mr O’Mahoney’s wife and two younger chil­dren were in the car but the pair de­cided to park the ve­hi­cle and follow the man. The­coura­geous pair ran af­ter them an ask­ing shaken passers-by which di­rec­tion he had gone. They were told he had en­tered the Park Med­i­cal Cen­tre and they gave chase. They en­tered the med­i­cal cen­tre where they found a dis­tressed phar­ma­cist who pointed to a near­by­room. The pair went into the room and 29-year-old Mr King, a 6ft 2in self-em­ployed ceramic tiler from Dogsthorpe, shouted at them an to drop the knives. He then ap­proached them an and wrenched one knife from his grasp be­fore shout­ing at him to drop the sec­ond knife. Mr King grabbed the sec­ond knife and the pair kept the man in the room at the med­i­cal cen­tre un­til police ar­rived af­ter­afew min­utes.

Mr King said: “I didn’t think about it too much at the time. There were women and chil­dren around and I’ve got a wife and kids and I just did what I’ d ex­pect any man in that sit­u­a­tion to do. “It’s the world we live in. We see a lot of in­ci­dents re­ported on the news and I’ve al­ways thought that if I ever found my­self in that sit­u­a­tion I would do what I could. I think any man would have done the same if they’d seen a per­son run­ning down the street wav­ing knives.”

He added: “I don’t con­sider my­self a hero but I think it’s some­thing any man should do if some­thing like this hap­pens and there are women and chil­dren around .”

A Cam­bridgeshire police spokesman said: “We would like to thank the mem­ber of the pub­lic for their brave ac- tions, how­ever, we would not ad­vise peo­ple to ap­proach or at­tempt to dis­arm a per­son with a weapon.

“In this type of sce­nario we would urge peo­ple to move to a safe place and call police as soon as pos­si­ble.”

A 40-year- old man has been charged with pos­ses­sion of a knife in a pub­lic place. He was given bail to ap­pear at Peter­bor­ough Mag­is­trates’ Court on Septem­ber 14.

Vin­ney and Bernard, and the knives seized

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