Police officer injured by man with machete at Glasgow school

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A MAN is due to appear in court after a police officer was injured following the arrest of a man seen carrying two machetes in public.

Officers responded to reports of a disturbance in Hill Street in Glasgow city centre on Friday morning.

Eyewitnesses reported a man wearing a balaclava and running back and forth by the private school St Aloysius College.

There were reports a man threatened a lollipop man and tried to attack a janitor at the Glasgow School of Art.

Police Scotland said a 27-year-old man has been arrested and detained in police custody in connection with an alleged breach of the peace and allegedly being in possession of offensive weapons.

A report is being sent to the Procurator Fiscal and the man is expected to appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court on Monday.

Chief Inspector Mark Sutherland, Area Commander for Glasgow City Centre, said: “I would like to thank the many members of the public who acted quickly to ensure the safety of others. Through their quick and decisive action my officers were on scene within minutes and acted immediately to ensure this incident was brought to a swift conclusion.

“From our investigations so far we do not believe that the 27-year-old man’s actions were targeting any particular individual or premises in the area and a full investigation is currently ongoing.”

A Police Scotland spokesman said previously that one officer sustained a minor injury during the arrest.

A Glasgow School of Art spokeswoman said: “The Glasgow School of Art can confirm that a member of our staff did encounter the individual described, whilst parking his car near to a GSA building.

“The member of staff is shaken, but unharmed.”

A school spokeswoman said: “St Aloysius College can confirm that an incident did take place on Hill Street near to the school before 9am this morning. All pupils and staff are safe as the situation was identified and quickly diffused by police.

“The safety and well-being of our pupils is, as always, paramount and staff have met with pupils to reassure them. The college, with local businesses and residents, is now assisting Police Scotland with their inquiries.”