Armed city officers swoop on student armed with knife.
A KNIFE-WIELDING student who threatened to hurt himself at a city university campus was detained by armed police yesterday.
Firearms officers from Merseyside Police entered the University of Liverpool building on Brownlow Hill where they held a 29 year-old man.
He was then taken to hospital by ambulance.
The man is believed to be a registered student at the university. Police recovered a knife from the scene after the drama.
The armed response team were called to the scene because they were the nearest police patrol to the campus yesterday lunchtime.
The drama took place in the Electrical Engineering and Electronics building on Brownlow Hill, opposite the Victoria Gallery and Museum, at around 1.40pm.
One member of staff, who did not wish to be named, said: "We heard it was a student with a knife. There was some police activity and that was it.
"I think he was a postgraduate or something.
"I can't remember the last time we had armed police on campus.
"At least nobody was hurt."
A spokesman for the University said: "A man was taken to hospital following concern for his welfare."
Police confirmed an armed response team was called to the scene off Brownlow Hill where they detained the 29 year-old man who had threatened to harm himself with a knife. The man was not arrested or charged with any offences and voluntarily went to hospital.
The electrical engineering and electronics department offers degree courses, postgraduate research programmes and scholarships. The University of Liverpool website states that the department "provides an unrivalled education in electrical engineering and electronics and our graduates are in demand".
The 2010-2011 academic term begins in around a month's time at the university for the autumn semester.
Armed police were called to the University of Liverpool yesterday lunchtime