Firearms police arrest man with gun in St Nicholas Centre, Sutton

A picture a winess sent in showing what appears to be a gun and a knife at the scene this morning

A picture a winess sent in showing what appears to be a gun and a knife at the scene this morning

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A man carrying a gun and a large hunting knife was arrested this morning inside the St Nicholas Centre.

Firearms officers swooped on the man, believed to be aged about 50, after receiving concerned calls from members of the public that they had seen a man carrying a firearm in the town centre.

A man, believed to be aged about 50, was arrested just inside the St Nicholas Centre this morning for possession of a firearm and a large hunting knife.

Police received the first call at 9.45am.

Sutton Guardian:

The spot where the man was arrested

He was first seen carrying the gun in a carrier bag in Cash Converters in Sutton High Street. He was also seen sitting on a bench in the high street before heading into the Virgin Phone Shop.

It is then he went into the St Nicholas Centre where firearms officers detained him just inside.

He was pinned to the ground and disarmed while he was arrested. 

A police spokesman said the suspect was observed and tracked by plain clothes officers and by operators using CCTV in the control room at Sutton Police station before being detained by officers from the Met's armed response unit.

The man has been taken to a South London police station.

Workers shocked by 'calm' and 'placid' gun man

Colin White, who runs St Nicholas Centre concession Vapeshifters, said: “It suddenly became apparent something was happening.

"There were police with machine guns, which was a bit odd. 

"There were a lot of plain clothes police and the armed response unit. There were so many people it was hard to see what was happening. At first I couldn’t tell who they were arresting but then I saw the guy in cuffs.

“They took a hand gun off him and a knife. It was very exciting.

“He was gaunt-looking and had a grey shaven hair.

“It all happened very quickly and there wasn’t much shouting or anything. He seemed quite calm and collected.”

A worker at a jewellers said: “He had a gun, a knife and some nunchucks. He also had some Swarovski boxes, I’m not sure what they were from.

“It was quite weird. He was very calm, very placid. We didn’t see him come in. I’m a bit worried he was coming here.”

A shopper who asked not to be named said: “It was very strange. He had something odd about him. He didn’t seem to be troubled by it at all.

"Police came out of nowhere and it all happened so quickly. He didn’t resist them and they pushed him to the ground. He didn’t say anything.”

Virgin Mobile phone shop worker Zak Miah said: “He was fine when he came in here. He was actually quite bubbly, a nice guy very polite.

“He was a customer, just a normal customer. He came in the other day to go through some things and came back in today.

“I didn’t know he had a knife or anything until the police came in and told us afterwards.”

Did you see what happened? Did you take any pictures or video? Contact the newsdesk on 020 8722 6356 or email mike.pyle@london.newsquest.co.uk


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11:45am Thu 10 Apr 14

AlexTB says...

Scary
Scary AlexTB
  • Score: 10

12:16pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Marie from Sutton says...

I was speaking to a policewoman last night who told me that I should expect trouble on the High Street for the next two weeks which is mainly due to kids being out of school.
My solutions:
1. Patrol the high street regularly and not only in response to crime and then police presence disapearring for weeks on end.
2. Fine parents for criminal behaviour of their kids.
3. Throw out family of of Council Properties if any member commits a crime.
4. Close MacDonald in the evening as it attracts juveniles.
I was speaking to a policewoman last night who told me that I should expect trouble on the High Street for the next two weeks which is mainly due to kids being out of school. My solutions: 1. Patrol the high street regularly and not only in response to crime and then police presence disapearring for weeks on end. 2. Fine parents for criminal behaviour of their kids. 3. Throw out family of of Council Properties if any member commits a crime. 4. Close MacDonald in the evening as it attracts juveniles. Marie from Sutton
  • Score: -16

1:45pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Magicman3000 says...

Marie, you simpleton. Police already do the best they can to protect us, this story highlights that fact perfectly. A high risk event was handled quickly and professionally without casualties.
McDonalds is a business and it has the right to maintain it's usual opening hours as should any other business that attracts 'juveniles'. They may congregate their and cause illegal activity but at least we know where they are!!!
As for fining the parents for their child's criminal behavior I must say that's the smartest idea you have come up with thus far. Throwing whole families out of their council properties if one person commits a crime is absolutely ludicrous. It is not fair to punish an entire family for a crime that is without their knowledge.
These are stupidly simplistic ideas and may be wonderful in your own dream world but this is in fact the real world. Bad things happen every single day all over the world and have done since the beginning of time itself.
Justice should be served to the guilty and to the fullest possible force and we must not punish the innocent simply for being related to a criminal.
Marie, you simpleton. Police already do the best they can to protect us, this story highlights that fact perfectly. A high risk event was handled quickly and professionally without casualties. McDonalds is a business and it has the right to maintain it's usual opening hours as should any other business that attracts 'juveniles'. They may congregate their and cause illegal activity but at least we know where they are!!! As for fining the parents for their child's criminal behavior I must say that's the smartest idea you have come up with thus far. Throwing whole families out of their council properties if one person commits a crime is absolutely ludicrous. It is not fair to punish an entire family for a crime that is without their knowledge. These are stupidly simplistic ideas and may be wonderful in your own dream world but this is in fact the real world. Bad things happen every single day all over the world and have done since the beginning of time itself. Justice should be served to the guilty and to the fullest possible force and we must not punish the innocent simply for being related to a criminal. Magicman3000
  • Score: 34

1:59pm Thu 10 Apr 14

RP_CPN says...

Marie from Sutton wrote:
I was speaking to a policewoman last night who told me that I should expect trouble on the High Street for the next two weeks which is mainly due to kids being out of school.
My solutions:
1. Patrol the high street regularly and not only in response to crime and then police presence disapearring for weeks on end.
2. Fine parents for criminal behaviour of their kids.
3. Throw out family of of Council Properties if any member commits a crime.
4. Close MacDonald in the evening as it attracts juveniles.
You forgot to propose the return of borstals...
[quote][p][bold]Marie from Sutton[/bold] wrote: I was speaking to a policewoman last night who told me that I should expect trouble on the High Street for the next two weeks which is mainly due to kids being out of school. My solutions: 1. Patrol the high street regularly and not only in response to crime and then police presence disapearring for weeks on end. 2. Fine parents for criminal behaviour of their kids. 3. Throw out family of of Council Properties if any member commits a crime. 4. Close MacDonald in the evening as it attracts juveniles.[/p][/quote]You forgot to propose the return of borstals... RP_CPN
  • Score: 8

2:04pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Marie from Sutton says...

Dear Magicman
Yes, "responsibility" is no longer in the english dictionary.
Dear Magicman Yes, "responsibility" is no longer in the english dictionary. Marie from Sutton
  • Score: -19

3:23pm Thu 10 Apr 14

LiberalsOut says...

Marie from Sutton wrote:
Dear Magicman
Yes, "responsibility
" is no longer in the english dictionary.
We have to congratulate the Police on brining this to a swift conclusion without any injuries on wither side
If someone resorts to name calling ie,"simpleton" it does negate their arguement somewhat
Everyone has a view and I must say I agree with some of what you say
I wont say which points as a may be labelled "simpleton" "moron" are some other equally intelligent name
Unfortunately the Police are an extension of social services these days, and not the Police Force most of us want back, and cannot do right for doing wrong
[quote][p][bold]Marie from Sutton[/bold] wrote: Dear Magicman Yes, "responsibility " is no longer in the english dictionary.[/p][/quote]We have to congratulate the Police on brining this to a swift conclusion without any injuries on wither side If someone resorts to name calling ie,"simpleton" it does negate their arguement somewhat Everyone has a view and I must say I agree with some of what you say I wont say which points as a may be labelled "simpleton" "moron" are some other equally intelligent name Unfortunately the Police are an extension of social services these days, and not the Police Force most of us want back, and cannot do right for doing wrong LiberalsOut
  • Score: 10

3:29pm Thu 10 Apr 14

fiatmum86 says...

Marie from Sutton wrote:
I was speaking to a policewoman last night who told me that I should expect trouble on the High Street for the next two weeks which is mainly due to kids being out of school.
My solutions:
1. Patrol the high street regularly and not only in response to crime and then police presence disapearring for weeks on end.
2. Fine parents for criminal behaviour of their kids.
3. Throw out family of of Council Properties if any member commits a crime.
4. Close MacDonald in the evening as it attracts juveniles.
Quote from Marie of Sutton:I was speaking to a policewoman last night who told me that I should expect trouble on the High Street for the next two weeks which is mainly due to kids being out of school....... REALLY??
Im sorry that you are bitter that you have never had children, but read this article properly and it actually says that this was a 50yr old man!!!! what has it got to do with children in the high street? ... nothing thats what!
[quote][p][bold]Marie from Sutton[/bold] wrote: I was speaking to a policewoman last night who told me that I should expect trouble on the High Street for the next two weeks which is mainly due to kids being out of school. My solutions: 1. Patrol the high street regularly and not only in response to crime and then police presence disapearring for weeks on end. 2. Fine parents for criminal behaviour of their kids. 3. Throw out family of of Council Properties if any member commits a crime. 4. Close MacDonald in the evening as it attracts juveniles.[/p][/quote]Quote from Marie of Sutton:I was speaking to a policewoman last night who told me that I should expect trouble on the High Street for the next two weeks which is mainly due to kids being out of school....... REALLY?? Im sorry that you are bitter that you have never had children, but read this article properly and it actually says that this was a 50yr old man!!!! what has it got to do with children in the high street? ... nothing thats what! fiatmum86
  • Score: 24

3:46pm Thu 10 Apr 14

WomblewithaCause says...

Marie from Sutton wrote:
I was speaking to a policewoman last night who told me that I should expect trouble on the High Street for the next two weeks which is mainly due to kids being out of school.
My solutions:
1. Patrol the high street regularly and not only in response to crime and then police presence disapearring for weeks on end.
2. Fine parents for criminal behaviour of their kids.
3. Throw out family of of Council Properties if any member commits a crime.
4. Close MacDonald in the evening as it attracts juveniles.
What a stupid bigotted comment.
[quote][p][bold]Marie from Sutton[/bold] wrote: I was speaking to a policewoman last night who told me that I should expect trouble on the High Street for the next two weeks which is mainly due to kids being out of school. My solutions: 1. Patrol the high street regularly and not only in response to crime and then police presence disapearring for weeks on end. 2. Fine parents for criminal behaviour of their kids. 3. Throw out family of of Council Properties if any member commits a crime. 4. Close MacDonald in the evening as it attracts juveniles.[/p][/quote]What a stupid bigotted comment. WomblewithaCause
  • Score: 13

8:54am Fri 11 Apr 14

jadeash says...

Marie from Sutton wrote:
I was speaking to a policewoman last night who told me that I should expect trouble on the High Street for the next two weeks which is mainly due to kids being out of school.
My solutions:
1. Patrol the high street regularly and not only in response to crime and then police presence disapearring for weeks on end.
2. Fine parents for criminal behaviour of their kids.
3. Throw out family of of Council Properties if any member commits a crime.
4. Close MacDonald in the evening as it attracts juveniles.
I don't really understand why you're blaming teenagers right now, the man was 50 years old?
[quote][p][bold]Marie from Sutton[/bold] wrote: I was speaking to a policewoman last night who told me that I should expect trouble on the High Street for the next two weeks which is mainly due to kids being out of school. My solutions: 1. Patrol the high street regularly and not only in response to crime and then police presence disapearring for weeks on end. 2. Fine parents for criminal behaviour of their kids. 3. Throw out family of of Council Properties if any member commits a crime. 4. Close MacDonald in the evening as it attracts juveniles.[/p][/quote]I don't really understand why you're blaming teenagers right now, the man was 50 years old? jadeash
  • Score: 7

8:59am Sat 12 Apr 14

emelem says...

Perhaps the man has the mentality of a troubled teen... connection made! ;-)

Seriously, the articles I read involving criminal behaviour are primarily about males aged 22 and older. Very rarely is it a teen. Odd comment really, look out for the big bad scary teens!
Perhaps the man has the mentality of a troubled teen... connection made! ;-) Seriously, the articles I read involving criminal behaviour are primarily about males aged 22 and older. Very rarely is it a teen. Odd comment really, look out for the big bad scary teens! emelem
  • Score: 2

8:15pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Michael Pantlin says...

RP_CPN wrote:
Marie from Sutton wrote:
I was speaking to a policewoman last night who told me that I should expect trouble on the High Street for the next two weeks which is mainly due to kids being out of school.
My solutions:
1. Patrol the high street regularly and not only in response to crime and then police presence disapearring for weeks on end.
2. Fine parents for criminal behaviour of their kids.
3. Throw out family of of Council Properties if any member commits a crime.
4. Close MacDonald in the evening as it attracts juveniles.
You forgot to propose the return of borstals...
And the return of the cat.
[quote][p][bold]RP_CPN[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Marie from Sutton[/bold] wrote: I was speaking to a policewoman last night who told me that I should expect trouble on the High Street for the next two weeks which is mainly due to kids being out of school. My solutions: 1. Patrol the high street regularly and not only in response to crime and then police presence disapearring for weeks on end. 2. Fine parents for criminal behaviour of their kids. 3. Throw out family of of Council Properties if any member commits a crime. 4. Close MacDonald in the evening as it attracts juveniles.[/p][/quote]You forgot to propose the return of borstals...[/p][/quote]And the return of the cat. Michael Pantlin
  • Score: 0

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