Bath Voice News: police act swiftly in lockdown drama over ‘man with knife’ at the RUH

There was an emergency today ( 2 February, 2024) when a man armed with a knife caused police to step in at the RUH and cordon off the area. In a statement Avon and Somerset Police said: “We have been responding to an incident in the vicinity of Royal United Hospital, in Bath, this morning (Friday 2 February). Hospital staff contacted the police at approximately 9.45am this morning (Friday 2 February) to report they had received a telephone call from an unknown male who made verbal threats.

“A police presence was already at the hospital for an unrelated matter, who liaised with hospital security teams. A second call making verbal threats was received at about 10.15am and further officers were also dispatched to attend the scene, including firearms officers. We received a report of a man carrying an item, which there were concerns could have been a bladed weapon, in the vicinity of the hospital at approximately 10.35am, but at this moment in time that has not been confirmed. Enquiries are ongoing to identify the man in question to establish what they were in possession of.

“The Royal United Hospital decided as a precaution to go into a lockdown. We advised a local primary school to also go into lockdown as a precaution too, but both have now been lifted. We’d like to reassure the public that there have been no reported injuries and a police presence remains in the area”.

The police take knife crime seriously and they publish information about the issue on their website: