Boy with machete scares shoppers before being arrested

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Cell phone video shows London shoppers running in a panic after reports of a man with a machete; police say they later arrested a boy with two knifes after an altercation between youths. Mana Rabiee reports.

Boy with machete scares shoppers before being arrested

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Total panic at a shopping center in London’s Bromley borough, after reports of a man with a machete on the loose.

Police say it turned out to be a boy with two knives — who was injured in some kind of altercation with other youths and was later arrested.

(SOUNDBITE)(English) HUMBLE CHAP, SHOPPER AND COPYRIGHT HOLDER, SAYING:

“Obviously now, apparently someone got stabbed but we didn’t see all that, can’t talk too much but they got the guy with the machete so yeah…”

(SOUNDBITE)(English) FRIEND OF HUMBLE CHAP, SAYING:

“You have to be ever ready you know, always ready!”

But the initial scene was scary nevertheless,

Londoners still remember an incident earlier this month when a man waved a machete in a London tube station, attacking passersby and shouting “This is for Syria.”

Still, Saturday’s incident didn’t seem to phase these young men who shot the cell phone video.

(SOUNDBITE)(English) HUMBLE CHAP, SHOPPER AND COPYRIGHT HOLDER, SAYING:

“Basically it might have been one lone knife man, innit, but no one knows if he was trying to kill everyone or just one guy or… Everyone just dipped basically innit but we are out here.”

Police say the arrested boy remained in custody in the evening.

They’re looking for six others young people who fled the scene are calling for witnesses to come forward.

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