Man charged with possession of knife after Ipswich Wilko store is evacuated

A row of police cars outside Wilko in Ipswich. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

A row of police cars outside Wilko in Ipswich. Picture: CONTRIBUTED - Credit: Archant

A 33-year-old man has been charged with possession of a knife after police were called to reports of a man causing alarm to staff and customers in Wilko in Ipswich on Wednesday.

The building was evacuated while police officers dealt with the incident. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

The building was evacuated while police officers dealt with the incident. Picture: CONTRIBUTED - Credit: Archant

Police officers partially evacuated the store, in Upper Brook Street, after receiving reports of the disturbance at around 6pm on Wednesday, July 5.

According to a witness, at least seven police cars lined the street as officers, including armed police, entered the store.

A police spokesman said officers detained one man at the scene who was taken into custody at Martlesham Police Investigation Centre for questioning.

Matthew Dawson, 33, of Mackintosh Close, Ipswich, was later charged with using threatening words or behaviour and possession of a bladed knife in a public place.

Dawson has been bailed to appear at South East Suffolk Magistrates Court on Monday, July 24.

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