Detectives investigating a report of a man running through Nottingham city centre carrying an axe after reportedly injuring a person have charged a man in connection with the incident.
Police were called to Old Market Square just before 6.15pm on Friday 19 February 2021, where it was said a man was also running around and shouting at people in the area.
Units from roads policing, Dog Section and firearms officers attended within minutes from the call time, they arrested a man on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon.
A man was taken to hospital after he was reported to have been hit on the head with the handle of an axe. He required stitches but his injuries are not serious.
Today, police have revealed that Sirban Farj, 41, of no fixed address, is due to appear at Nottingham Magistrates’ court on Monday 22 February charged with grievous bodily harm, affray, possession of an offensive weapon, two counts of criminal damage and violent behaviour in a police station in connection with the report.
The criminal damage and violent behaviour charges relate to incidents in custody where a man is alleged to have spat on the floor in the custody suite as well as damaging police property. It is also alleged that a man assaulted a prisoner.
Farj is also charged with common assault in relation to a separate matter that is alleged to have happened on 10 February 2021.
Detective Inspector Kim Binns, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Weapons offences are very serious and we will always thoroughly investigate reports of such incidents.
“Officers did an excellent job to attend the scene and arrest a suspect within minutes of the call being made to Nottinghamshire Police.
“While in custody, a man is alleged to have spat on the floor and damaged police property, as well as assaulting another prisoner.
“We will not tolerate this kind of behaviour, particularly in a pandemic where spit could potentially spread the disease.
“No officers or prisoners were spat at in the incident but we taking this aspect of our investigation very seriously.
“Increased patrols will continue in the city centre today for reassurance and I’d ask that anyone who has any concerns in the area reports them to an officer or calls 101.”
Farj has been remanded in custody pending his court appearance tomorrow.