Video and pix: Armed police close off York streets after reports of knife fight – updated

12 Jun 2017 @ 6.36 pm
| Crime, News

Officers are returning to the street which was closed off by armed police on Tuesday (June 13).

York police from York North Safer Neighbourhood Team were back on Elmfield Avenue this morning (Wednesday) to answer residents’ questions.

The inquiries into the incident which prompted the armed response, said by locals to be a fight with knives, is ongoing.

A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police said:

Police were called to reports of a violent incident involving a group of men in the street on Elmfield Avenue in York.

Officers attended and a 20-year-old local man was arrested on suspicion of affray. He remains in custody at this time. The investigation is ongoing.

From June 12, 2017 6.36 pm

Armed police cordoned off a York road after the public reported that people were fighting with knives.

Officers carrying automatic weapons were called to Elmfield Avenue to reports of an assault shortly after 4pm.

The road was closed from its junction with Monkton Avenue down to the junction with Thorn Nook.

A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police said at 5pm on Monday (June 12):

Police are at the scene of a report of an assault on Elmfield Avenue in York.

Officers are making enquiries in the area.

Neighbours said they had heard people were “waving knives”. Side roads, including Healey Grove and Foston Road were also closed off.

Several police cars and vans were at the scene for more than an hour. First York bus services due to travel down Elmfield Avenue had to be diverted during the blockade.

The road was reopened at about 5.30pm. No one was arrested at the scene, but a man was later arrested at York Hospital.

Police are still searching for other people thought to be involved.

Elmfield Avenue today
A resident talks to officers
Another view of the scene
Several police cars and vans were on the street
An ambulance is let through
Another view looking towards Monkton Road
The van parked at the top of Monkton Road
The police presence was heavy
The officers were called out to reports of an assault
A bus had to be diverted
A group of armed officers on Healey Grove
An armed officer in conversation with a colleague
Another view of Healey Grove
Several police cars were parked on Healey Grove
An armed officer with residents on Elmfield Avenue
The road was blocked off by patrol cars
People gather on Monkton Road to see what is going on