A man threatening villagers with a knife sparked a huge police response.
Armed officers and police dogs were sent to Brayton near Selby yesterday afternoon (Wednesday).
Police had received reports at around 1.35pm that a man had made threats to harm people that he knew with a knife.
A North Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: “The police always take reports of knives very seriously and therefore sent lots of resources to the scene of the incident, including firearms officers and police dogs.”
As the incident progressed it emerged that the man had left the area and returned to his home in the Sheffield area.
The man, who is aged in his 20s, was arrested in Sheffield in the early hours of this morning (Thursday).
“We are aware that such a large police presence caused concern among local people and would like to reassure residents that we believe that the incident was targeted and that the wider community were not at risk,” the spokesperson said.
“However, police officers remained in the area later on Wednesday evening to gather information and to speak to local people about the incident.”
The suspect, who was arrested on suspicion of affray, possessing a knife and sending malicious communications, remains in police custody today.