Man found covered in 'household chemicals' as police cordoned off Bristol park

Police at the scene in Kingsdown
-Credit: (Image: Paul Gillis)


A man was detained under the Mental Health Act after being found covered in household chemicals. Emergency services were called to Kings Square Park, off Dove Street in Bristol, last night, Monday, June 3, and there were a large number of police officers, firefighters and paramedics at the scene.

A cordon was put in place and the public were urged to avoid the area as the emergency was dealt with. Avon and Somerset Police officers wore protective clothing due to the unknown substance on the man and the concern that it may have been potentially dangerous.

Officers were supported by firefighters and paramedics to detain the man under the Mental Health Act. He is now in the care of mental health services.

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Police have thanked the public for their patience and reassured people that there is no ongoing risk following the incident. Officers will carry out patrols in the area over the coming days.

Avon and Somerset Police said: "Officers attended Kings Square Park, off Dove Street, in Bristol, last night (Monday 3 June) to deal with a concern for welfare incident, involving a man.

"They were required to wear protective clothing as a precaution due to an unknown substance on the man. Specialist officers were supported by Avon Fire and Rescue and South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) and were able to detain the man under the Mental Health Act and to make the area safe.

Emergency services at the scene in Kingsdown this evening (June 3)
Emergency services at the scene in Kingsdown this evening (June 3) -Credit:Paul Gillis

"He is now in the care of mental health services. Enquiries were carried out to establish what the substance was and it was found to be household chemicals."

Neighbourhood Inspector Jon Scott said: "We would like to thank the public for their patience and understanding while officers dealt with the incident. We would like to reassure people we are not aware of any ongoing risk to the public following yesterday's incident, and we do not believe there was any intent to cause harm to the public.

"Officers from the Neighbourhood Policing team will be out providing high-visibility reassurance patrols in the area over the coming days. We encourage any members of the public with any concerns to speak with them."

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