BREAKING NEWS: Farmer hailed hero for helping detain a suspect being hunted by armed police

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A farmer has been hailed a hero for helping detain a suspect who was being chased through a village by armed police.

Officers were called out to Twyford on Sunday night after reports being made about a man with a knife.

Members of the armed response team arrived with back up from a force helicopter but it is understood it was a local farmer who detained the suspect.

Melton borough councillor Leigh Higgins, who lives in the village, said: “My friend detained the individual himself at his farm.

“It was unbelievable bravery on his part in what was clearly a serious situation.

“Everyone in the village is thankful no-one was injured in the incident.”

Householders were told by police to lock their doors and stay inside while the operation was in progress.

A spokeswoman for Leicestershire Police said: “Police were called to the King Street area of Twyford just before 7pm on Sunday evening after they received a report of a man with a knife.

“In the interests of officer and public safety the armed response team were deployed to the incident.

“The National Police Air Support unit was also called to assist officers on the ground.

“No-one was injured during the incident and enquiries are ongoing.”

A 22-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of making threats to kill and remained in custody at the time of going to press.

For more details on the incident see our previous story here: