A 25-YEAR-OLD man has been arrested after an incident that left a town in ‘police lockdown’ yesterday.

Schools, a care home and the civic hall in Didcot were on lockdown after a man reportedly wielding two knives caused panic in the town.

Last night, Thames Valley Police released a statement from Chief Inspector Mark Bullivant, deputy commander for South and Vale local policing area.

He said: “We received a report of a fear for welfare incident in Smallbone Recreation Park Didcot today involving a man in possession of two knives at 1.12pm. Officers arrived on the scene by 1.14pm.

”Throughout the afternoon and into the evening, officers worked with the man involved in order to ensure a safe resolution to the incident for him, the public, and our own officers.

”At about 8.35pm, the man, who is aged 25, was safely detained and he has been arrested. He has also received medical attention following the incident. 

“I would like to thank all the staff and parents at Manor Primary School, as well as the wider public in and around Didcot for the patience, support and cooperation throughout this incident.”