A man wields a ‘samurai sword’ at the Walkden Town Center shopping mall

A MAN has been arrested after being filmed waving a ‘samurai sword’ in a shopping mall.

According to Greater Manchester Police, the man was caught on CCTV brandishing the sword in the Walkden Town Center shopping center on Tuesday evening.

Police were called to the scene and blocked the man’s car before seizing the weapon and arresting him.

A police spokesman said: “A CCTV operator saw a man waving a samurai sword in Walkden town center this evening.

“Police were called and C Relief XM of the GMP Transport Unit responded en masse, blocking the vehicle in question and seizing the knife safely, arresting the man in question.

“All in one day’s work.”

Footage from the scene shows how up to three police cars were used to block the man’s car before officers could arrest him.

This latest arrest comes amid longer-term concerns about security and violent behavior at the Bolton Road shopping centre.

Last month, on January 9, police were called after a mass fight involving up to 40 youths broke out, threatening staff and shoppers.

In response, police pledged to step up patrols in the area and do more to tackle anti-social behavior at the mall.

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Peggy P. Gilmore