Officers based at Pear Tree Police Station, including members of the Safer Neighbourhood Team, who were conducting a Facebook’ live’ broadcast at the time, rushed outside after they heard the sound of smashing glass.
They were faced with a 28-year-old man who was smashing the police station and car windows with a hammer.
The male was quickly subdued and was taken to St Mary’s Wharf Police Station.
Inspector Keith Chambers, who is in charge of policing at Pear Tree, said:
“The officers were faced with a violent situation and quickly responded to disarm the man of his weapon and get him safely under arrest.
“The incident happened at around 7.15 in the evening, and we know the area was busy, and people were watching the situation unfold so we would appeal for anyone who saw what was happening or perhaps took footage on their phones to make contact with us.
“There has been some considerable damage caused, including six police station windows and two rear windows of police cars, that were then temporarily out of use and not able to respond to calls from the public.”
According to the police, the male, who is from the Lower Dale Road area of the city, is to be interviewed later today and investigations into the incident continue.