Knifeman disarmed by ‘brave builder’ on Deansgate

A man was seen brandishing a blade during a confrontation in broad daylight on the city centre street.

The Manc The Manc - 8th June 2021

A man wielding a knife on Deansgate was apparently disarmed by a member of the public on Monday (June 7) afternoon.

The Manchester Evening News reported that a construction worker intervened after a man brandished a blade on the city centre street in broad daylight.

Footage of the incident shows a confrontation taking place between two people near the Slug & Lettuce bar at the bottom end of Deansgate.

The MEN stated that a man wearing hi-vis was “carrying a large shop sign to protect himself” and “able to get close to the other man and rip the knife from his hands before throwing it away.”

Local reporter and eyewitness Ethan Davies called it a “really brave intervention from the builder”.


Officers were called and arrived on the scene shortly after midday.

Greater Manchester Police confirmed that one man had been apprehended following the incident.


An official spokesperson stated: “At around 12.25pm this afternoon (7 June) police were called to a report of an altercation between two people on Deansgate near to the Slug and Lettuce.

“A man with a knife was detained by officers and has been taken to custody.

“No injuries were reported.”

Featured image: David Dixon / Geograph