Merseyside Police can confirm that a man has been arrested after several cars were damaged in a street in Southport last night. Officers were called to Southbank Road at 10.45pm by a resident reporting that his white Ford Transit van had been damaged by someone armed with a bottle. The resident reported having seen a man walking away from his van up Southbank Road towards Cemetary Road and while some officers searched the area for the suspect, another remained with the van’s owner.During this time, the suspect returned to Southbank Road and appeared to be in an agitated state. During the officer’s attempts to speak to the man, he produced a knife and threatened to harm himself and the officer.

The officer then used his Taser device to prevent the man from doing this.   Once safely detained he was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage,   possessing a bladed weapon and a public order offence. Officers then had the man, who is 32-years-old, assessed by a doctor at a local hospital before taking him to Southport custody suite.

Further enquiries have established that four vehicles in Southbank Road have been damaged. They are: a grey Nissan Qashqai, a blue Vauxhall Astra, a Citroen C2, and the white Transit van.

Anyone who has had a vehicle or their property damaged is advised to call the non-emergency police number, 101, to report it.

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