Newcastle Police praise work of door supervisors and pubwatch

1/8/18

Knife suspect caught thanks to Floritas bouncers – and ‘old fashioned police work’.

Suspect has been released pending investigation after being stopped in the city centre.

Floritas (Image: Newcastle Chronicle)

Police claim “good, old fashioned police work” helped them nab a suspected knife-man.

Cops chased the suspect after bouncers at Collingwood Street nightspot Floritas claimed they had spotted him with a blade.Inspector Jamie Bell and Sergeant Graham

Cockerill spotted the suspect and chased him to Central Station .

The officers, who had been on patrol, stopped and arrested him on suspicion of possessing a bladed article.

A flip-knife, believed to have been thrown away by the suspect, was also found underneath a nearby parked car.

The man arrested has been released by police under investigation while inquiries are carried out to establish the full circumstances.

However, the duo have been praised for their work last Thursday.

“Jamie and Graham were very quickly on scene after the door supervisors contacted the police through the Pub Watch scheme,” said Superintendent Steve Barron.

After identifying a suspect, they were hot on his heels and what followed was what I would describe as good, old fashioned police work.

“This is a great example of our door supervisors working with police to tackle suspected criminal activity in our night-time economy.

“It is one of the reasons why Newcastle is such a safe city and I want to commend both Jamie and Graham for their actions.”

Jamie, who is an acting Inspector at Forth Banks Police Station, said: “These types of chases are the bread and butter for officers but it can be tough when you’re carrying all the kit that we do.

“We were both worn out by the end of it but we made sure we were professional, made the arrest and secured any evidence that was available.

“It is down to the vigilance of the door staff at Floritas that ultimately resulted in this arrest and it shows how well the Pub Watch scheme works.”

Anyone who saw a man with a knife in the area of Collingwood Street last Thursday evening is encouraged to call officers on 101 quoting log 61 19/07/18 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Story and photograph courtesy of Newcastle Chronicle www.chroniclelive.co.uk