Workmen threatened with sword in West Ewell

A man has been arrested after workmen were threatened with a sword when they tried to enter a house in Surrey.

Police said a 52-year-old man from West Ewell was arrested on Friday.

Det Insp David Cooper said police launched a "massive manhunt" after the incident in West Ewell on Wednesday.

Utility firm workmen tried to execute a warrant to enter a house in Worthfield Close, but a man inside threatened them and slashed the tyres on their van.

No-one was injured in the incident.

Properties searched

Police said they responded to an emergency call in Worthfield Close shortly before 1400 BST.

A large number of officers searched for the suspect who fled the scene in a car.

Police also searched a number of addresses believed to be linked to the suspect and the force helicopter was also scrambled.

Det Insp Cooper said: "Following the incident on Wednesday we launched a massive manhunt to locate the suspect who threatened utility workers with a sword.

"Many, many officers worked long and hard and I hope the community is reassured by this recent development.

"We remain committed to establishing the facts that led up to this incident."

The arrested man has been taken to Reigate Police Station for questioning.

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