The town centre became a hive of police activity on Wednesday evening after armed police responded to reports that a pair of teenagers were threatening passers-by with ‘bladed weapons’.
Later in the evening another man was arrested at the Ship Inn after also being caught in possession of a knife.
Whitby police received reports at around 6pm that two men, aged in their late teens, were making threats with a knife and another bladed weapon in the Newton Street area.
The two men, who were not local, attempted to flee when police arrived on the scene. Due to the nature of the incident, a North Yorkshire Police armed response team was also called and Whitby Police Inspector Andy Colbourne said: “Incidents like this will not be tolerated and we have the capabilities to deal with people brandishing dangerous weapons. I want Whitby residents to know that if we have an incident like this we have the ability to respond quickly and effectively.”
Both men were located and arrested, one at 8.15pm on Windsor Terrace and the other on Spring Hill at 8.50pm.
A 48-year-old man from Waterford, in the Republic of Ireland, was arrested in the Ship Inn on Marine Parade after reports of him boasting that he was in possession of a knife.
The armed response unit, who remained in the area after dealing with the earlier incident, were also able to arrest this man at around 9pm.
He remains in police custody and Insp Colbourne added: “It was a bit of good luck that the officers were around after dealing with the earlier offence.”
Nobody was harmed in the incidents and officers minimised any risks to the wider public during the firearms operation.
Anyone with information is urged to call Whitby Police on 101, selecting option 2.