Man arrested in Church Langley following reports of person wielding knife and threatening children

Crime / Sun 30th Jun 2024 at 09:49am

OFFICERS including firearms officers were deployed to Church Langley playing fields in Harlow following reports of a man carrying a knife.

They received multiple reports shortly before 7pm on Saturday, 29 June of a man threatening members of the public, including children at the playing fields close to Soper Square in Harlow.

A further call came in to report that a woman had been assaulted after she was spat at.

Within 10 minutes, officers located and arrested a man on suspicion of possession of a pointed article in a public place, assault by beating and threatening a person with an offensive weapon.

The 58-year-old man from Harlow remains in custody.

Inspector Terry Fisher said “Our Response Policing Officers arrived prior to the firearms officers and demonstrated extreme bravery in locating this man and detaining him to ensure he could not cause serious harm. 

“This incident was witnessed by many members of the public and I would like to thank them for their support, especially those who made sure that young children at the scene were safe.

“Our investigation into this incident remains ongoing.”

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5 Comments for Man arrested in Church Langley following reports of person wielding knife and threatening children:

2024-06-30 16:23:00

Throw the book at him one of the threatened children was my partners grandson who is really shaken up. Men like him need locking up to keep the people safe from him.

2024-06-30 21:42:38

A place this time of year , kids just playing out or playing football or out with dogs enjoying the sunshine and then you have someone like this …unbelievable…

2024-07-01 07:32:23

well this deserves a slap on the wrist and a few hours community service because that's all he will get in front of children in a park disgusting should be given very hard labour at the least

Tracy cattini
2024-07-02 10:50:08

Well those kids were about 17 and thay started on the man first a group ov them like the kids at the stow who kill the mam why 5hay hang out in groups

Concerned Parent
2024-07-02 15:39:55

Not sure where you got your info from but the girl who got spat on and her friends were 14/15 yrs old. Also the kids who he chased with a knife were nothing to do with the original incident. They were just playing football on the field!