Shoppers injured as axeman runs amok: Man surrenders after 'motiveless' attack
The man, who has not been named, then ran out of the store with some shoppers giving chase. He gave himself up at a police station near by.
The attack, at a branch of the Netto superstore in Byker, appears to have been motiveless. Police said that the man, in his twenties, has not been charged with any offence yet, but was arrested and spoken to by a police doctor. He walked into the store just after 11.30am. While standing in a check-out queue, he suddenly produced the axe and struck out at random. One man received a severe blow to the forehead and staggered back with blood pouring from the wound. Three shoppers were threatened.
Two plain-clothes policemen who were passing the store when the man ran out joined in the chase. But the man ran into the nearby Clifford Street police station.
A police spokesman said: 'Once shoppers realised what was happening the man was chased from the store and he ran to the police station to give himself up. It was an entirely senseless and motiveless attack. He gave himself up rather than be torn limb from limb by the angry shoppers.'
One of the victims, Eileen Miller, 59, from Howdon, Wallsend, said: 'I was just about to take my shopping out of the trolley when I felt a blow on my left shoulder. I was leaning over at the time and the axe caught me just near my neck. I turned around and there was a bloke with the axe. He looked weird and just went wild, lashing out at everybody.' The woman was treated at the Royal Victoria Infirmary for a shoulder wound.
Catherine Fitzpatrick, 28, who comforted a pensioner who saw the attacks, said: 'The pensioner told me the man was like a maniac swinging the axe in all directions, not caring who got in the way.'
Later, John Buitekant, Netto's group trading controller, said: 'There does not seem to be any reason at all for the terrible attack.'
- 4 Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
- 5 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
Michelle Obama highlights harsh restrictions faced by Saudi women after meeting King Salman without wearing a headscarf
Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
Isis publicly behead man in Syrian town square for 'insulting Allah' as he screams for help
One spelling error costs Companies House up to £9 million after being sued for ruining business
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
£45000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A successful & reputable global business is l...
£35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company is going through a period o...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This award-winning digital publishing solution...
Excellent Salary: Austen Lloyd: NON-CONTENTIOUS (0-2 PQE) - A rare opportunity...