More details have now emerged of the incident on Penarth Pier yesterday when members of the public were evacuated from pier the by police after a man allegedly attempted to leap over the railings at the pier-head .
Eyewitness Craig Howell says the suicide bid was averted by the prompt intervention of Assistant Pier Master Steven Huxtable.
It’s understood Mr Huxtable was in the Piermaster’s Cabin at the pier-head when the man climbed over the railings and made for the end of the pier – apparently intending to commit suicide, even though the tide was out.
Mr Huxtable grabbed him befiore he could jump and the two wrestled on the concrete pier head with Mr Huxstable attempting to drag him away from the edge of the pier. The man, who was described as large, intoxicated, very muscular and weighing about 15 stone – was almost impossible to control.
Fortunately 4 visitors to the pier saw what was happening and public spritedly joined-in to help Mr Huxtable overcome the man. The police were summoned by a by-stander with a mobile phone and are said to have arrived within 10 minutes.
The man became violent again when police arrived and it needed no less than 7 police officers to control him, restrain him with handcuffs, and with knee-restraints, and take him into protective custody .
Eyewitnesses said a total of 12 police officers were involved in the operation . The man was so violent, police asked the Assistant Piermaster to evacuate the pier to eliminate danger to the public until the man had been removed and locked in a police van One eyewitness said the arrested man was drunk and violent and “kicking off”.
In the top picture the man has been not only handcuffed, but knee restraints have been placed on him. An eyewitness said 7 police officers had been involved in restraining the man . One officer pinned his legs down and the other 2 officers were assisted by a member of the public to hold his body and arms.
Four police vehicles and a total of about 12 police officers attended the scene late yesterday afternoon – and the activity was witnessed by scores of visitors to the Esplanade – and by local residents.
Assistant Pier Master Steven Huxtable – whose prompt action undoubtedly saved the man’s life – has not made any com
Later a 41-year-old man from the Cardiff area was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer and released on bail. South Wales Police are asking witnesses of this incident to contact them on 101 quoting ref: 1700122105.