A vigil in Birmingham for the Manchester Arena victims has been interrupted after a man apparently armed with a large knife and a baseball bat was detained nearby.
Birmingham held a candle-lit vigil to show solidarity with the victims of last night’s terror attack in Manchester.
The armed man shouted out as he was handcuffed by officers, just a short distance from where 1,000 people had gathered in the city’s main Victoria Square. The man, who was black and had a short-trimmed beard, was taken away in a riot can around 7pm.
Speakers which had been paying tribute to the Manchester victims were interrupted by the man’s protests, from down a side street.
Police, including armed response officers, then cleared the square a short time later.
The evacuation of the square was carried out as a precaution by police, West Midlands chief constable David Thompson confirmed