A 24-year-old man has been charged with a string of offences in connection to an incident in Hull city centre on Tuesday afternoon (11 September).
Mohammed Ahmed of Innsworth Garth, Bransholme, was charged late last night (Wednesday, 12 September) with attempt robbery, arson with intent to endanger life, attempt arson, three counts of possession of an offensive weapon, criminal damage and affray.
He was remanded in custody and will appear at Hull Magistrates’ Court today (Thursday, 12 September).
At 1.03pm on Tuesday, reports were received of a man in possession of a machete and a canister containing petrol inside Santander bank on King Edward Street in the city centre of Hull. Petrol was poured and set alight causing a small fire inside the bank, which was quickly extinguished by fire crews.
The man then entered Barclays bank where petrol was again reported to have been poured inside the bank. The man left the bank and was later arrested at 1.12pm at Paragon Interchange by officers.
Detective Inspector Allison Sweeting investigating said: “We are still in the very early days of the investigation, however extensive enquiries carried out since the incident further confirm our initial indications that this was an isolated incident of a potential robbery, with no evidence to suggest any terrorism connection or links.
“We would like to thank the public for their assistance and as the investigation continues, we would continue to please ask anyone who may have information or mobile phone footage of the incident to make contact with us.”
If you can help, please call police on 101, quoting incident number 237 of 11 September 2018.