15 October 2019 21:47
A MAN has been taken to hospital after a Chester city centre restaurant was cordoned off due to a "police incident". The Slug and Lettuce on Bridge Street was cordoned off on Tuesday evening (October 15), with pedestrians advised by officers at the scene to head to the other side of the street. Seven police cars and one van attended the scene, along with an ambulance and a paramedics car. Police later widened the exclusion zone just after 9pm to close access to Bridge Street and Watergate Street. Screens were placed outside the restaurant to prevent passers-by from looking in.
Just after 9.20pm, a man was seen being put into the back of an ambulance, and was conscious. The Standard understands, after speaking to an eyewitness, that police were called to the restaurant due to concerns for a man's welfare. Police and ambulance teams left the scene at about 9.30pm, with the police cordon reduced to the perimeter of the restaurant, which is expected to remain closed for the rest of the night. Police wrote on social media just before 10pm: "We would like to reassure anyone who was out in Chester city centre tonight and saw the large police presence on Bridge Street that there is no need for any concerns. Get the biggest daily stories by email Subscribe Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email A man has been taken away in an ambulance after a "stand-off" with police at Chester's Slug and Lettuce.
An eye witness described how he saw a man inside the Bridge Street pub "holding something at his throat" while police officers tried to talk to him. Police and paramedics rushed to the scene at just before 9pm tonight (October 15). A member of staff from Paysan bar opposite told how the road was cordoned off while eight officers and a number of medics were on standby. The staff member, who didn't want to be named, said: "We took a look outside and a gentleman in the Slug and Lettuce was sat by the window inside. "There were a lot of police and ambulances - it looked like a stand-off. "He was pacing back and forth, up and down and was holding something against his throat. "He was completely alone in there so there must have been a back entrance because we didn't see many people on the street. "Then I saw him being brought out on a stretcher and loaded into an ambulance. "Whether police disabled him or not I don't know. "He looked like a big guy in his late thirties and he had his hands on his forehead." The staff member said the whole incident was finished within 45 minutes. Chester Police wrote in a tweet: "We would like to reassure anyone who was out in Chester city centre tonight and saw the large police presence on Bridge Street that there is no need for any concerns. "We were dealing with concerns for the welfare of a man who is now receiving the help he requires."