ARMED police have cordoned off part of a busy shopping centre following reports of a knife attack.
The northern end of Commercial Road, Portsmouth – from the former Virgin Media shop to Mothercare – has been taped off and police with riot shields are swarming the area.
Police have confirmed there is a man with a knife inside the former Virgin shop but no other members of the public are with him.
They are currently negotiating with him.
Declan Cordwell, from Leigh Park, said: ‘We drove round the back of Mothercare going towards the multi-storey car park and we saw about 15 police officers, five ambulances, police with dogs and riot shields.
‘There is a police helicopter flying over. It was mad. I’ve never, ever seen anything like it.’
And father-of-two Oliver Nelson said: ‘I was walking along Commercial Road when suddenly everyone stopped and was looking into the shops. There were police everywhere.’