Armed police stormed a bookmaker in Kent over the weekend following reports of a man with a chainsaw who allegedly tried cutting through a window.
According to the Mirror, staff members at the Coral bet shop in Castle Street, Ashford, claimed the man had pulled a t-shirt over his head as he attempted to cut through the window.
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Local police were called to the area around 7.50pm after the man began thrashed at the shop with the chainsaw and threatened two people in the area.
Reports suggest that onlookers were forced to run away from the man who also damaged a lamppost alongside the Coral window.
Many people in the area shared images of the damage on social and media while others urged people to stay away and remain caustious.
The Police’s Response
The unknown man fled the scene shortly after police were called in and it’s currently unknown what sparked the initial attack.
A Kent Police spokesperson said in a statement: “Kent Police was called to [a] disturbance in Castle Street, Ashford, at 7.51pm on Saturday, September 22, 2018. It was reported that a man had damaged a shop window with a power tool before making threats to two members of the public nearby.
“No injuries have been reported and at present no arrests have been made. Officers remain in the area conducting enquiries, which includes the review of CCTV.”
Kent Police have asked witnesses to come forward with any information by calling 01843 222289.