UPDATE: Police detain man seen with throwing knives at Throop Mill

Bournemouth Echo: Man seen acting suspiciously near Throop Mill Man seen acting suspiciously near Throop Mill

POLICE rushed to Throop Mill after reports of a man seen with two knives.

A call was made to police at 2.27pm on Saturday afternoon from a member of the public. 

A spokesperson for Dorset Police said a man had been detained. He was released and driven back to Throop Mill around 4.30pm by a police officer.

His two knives, which he described as throwing knives, were kept by officers at Winton station.

The Bournemouth man, who did not want to be named, said he had nothing bad to say about the police, who were ‘just doing their job’.

He said he had been sat by the river splitting sticks with the knives and hoped he would be able to have them returned to him.

Visitors to the beauty spot say they saw around six police cars parked up at the Mill on Saturday.

Kieran Selby, who is involved in the campaign to save Throop Mill, said he went past around 3pm and saw all the police cars after hearing sirens.

He said people were still being allowed to walk down to the river and there were lots of visitors around at that time.

Steve Johns, from Townsend, who was fishing by the river, said the man who had been quizzed had been speaking to him before the incident.

“He seemed a proper gentleman. He was stood on the bridge talking to us; he obviously loved the countryside as he was quite knowledgeable.

“He left and then came back for his walking stick. Then we saw the police before he walked back over the bridge with them following him.

“He wasn’t cuffed or anything like that; just walking in front of them. He seemed like a lovely old gentleman.”

A spokesperson for Dorset Police said on Saturday evening that they had been called following a sighting of a male in possession of two knives in the area of the river by Throop.

They located and spoke to a man in his 50s, in lawful possession of props used in a knife throwing act.

The spokesperson said the man had been practising near the riverbank.

They added: "No criminal offence was disclosed and no further action will be taken in this matter."

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3:48pm Sat 28 Jun 14

Tig says...

He was probably just taking some photos of the Mill.
He was probably just taking some photos of the Mill. Tig
  • Score: 16

3:56pm Sat 28 Jun 14

Krmgtsm7 says...

It was some bloke that looked about 70 and he had two hunting knives with him. I saw him being escorted away by the police.
It was some bloke that looked about 70 and he had two hunting knives with him. I saw him being escorted away by the police. Krmgtsm7
  • Score: 13

3:56pm Sat 28 Jun 14

AmsterdamMan says...

I did tell him to buy a parking ticket...!
I did tell him to buy a parking ticket...! AmsterdamMan
  • Score: -14

4:04pm Sat 28 Jun 14

Kieran S says...

Krmgtsm7 wrote:
It was some bloke that looked about 70 and he had two hunting knives with him. I saw him being escorted away by the police.
Thats what i heard too.
[quote][p][bold]Krmgtsm7[/bold] wrote: It was some bloke that looked about 70 and he had two hunting knives with him. I saw him being escorted away by the police.[/p][/quote]Thats what i heard too. Kieran S
  • Score: -3

4:22pm Sat 28 Jun 14

old buffer says...

SIX police cars for one man acting suspiciously?
SIX police cars for one man acting suspiciously? old buffer
  • Score: 29

4:40pm Sat 28 Jun 14

ironic says...

old buffer wrote:
SIX police cars for one man acting suspiciously?
Large potential search area, potential violent person armed with a couple of knives, how many officers do you think were needed?
[quote][p][bold]old buffer[/bold] wrote: SIX police cars for one man acting suspiciously?[/p][/quote]Large potential search area, potential violent person armed with a couple of knives, how many officers do you think were needed? ironic
  • Score: 26

4:43pm Sat 28 Jun 14

StVallier says...

Kieran S wrote:
Krmgtsm7 wrote:
It was some bloke that looked about 70 and he had two hunting knives with him. I saw him being escorted away by the police.
Thats what i heard too.
Looked seventy?
Probably someone in their thirties from Boscombe.
[quote][p][bold]Kieran S[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Krmgtsm7[/bold] wrote: It was some bloke that looked about 70 and he had two hunting knives with him. I saw him being escorted away by the police.[/p][/quote]Thats what i heard too.[/p][/quote]Looked seventy? Probably someone in their thirties from Boscombe. StVallier
  • Score: 22

4:56pm Sat 28 Jun 14

spooki says...

StVallier wrote:
Kieran S wrote:
Krmgtsm7 wrote:
It was some bloke that looked about 70 and he had two hunting knives with him. I saw him being escorted away by the police.
Thats what i heard too.
Looked seventy?
Probably someone in their thirties from Boscombe.
Do you actually know where Throop is? No relation to Boscombe at all!
[quote][p][bold]StVallier[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kieran S[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Krmgtsm7[/bold] wrote: It was some bloke that looked about 70 and he had two hunting knives with him. I saw him being escorted away by the police.[/p][/quote]Thats what i heard too.[/p][/quote]Looked seventy? Probably someone in their thirties from Boscombe.[/p][/quote]Do you actually know where Throop is? No relation to Boscombe at all! spooki
  • Score: -21

5:15pm Sat 28 Jun 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

I find carrying one hunting knife quite adequate. Carrying two is just showing off.
I find carrying one hunting knife quite adequate. Carrying two is just showing off. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 8

5:57pm Sat 28 Jun 14

StVallier says...

spooki wrote:
StVallier wrote:
Kieran S wrote:
Krmgtsm7 wrote:
It was some bloke that looked about 70 and he had two hunting knives with him. I saw him being escorted away by the police.
Thats what i heard too.
Looked seventy?
Probably someone in their thirties from Boscombe.
Do you actually know where Throop is? No relation to Boscombe at all!
Throop and Boscombe are in the same town, do you think Throop is in Scotland and Iford in Essex?
[quote][p][bold]spooki[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]StVallier[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kieran S[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Krmgtsm7[/bold] wrote: It was some bloke that looked about 70 and he had two hunting knives with him. I saw him being escorted away by the police.[/p][/quote]Thats what i heard too.[/p][/quote]Looked seventy? Probably someone in their thirties from Boscombe.[/p][/quote]Do you actually know where Throop is? No relation to Boscombe at all![/p][/quote]Throop and Boscombe are in the same town, do you think Throop is in Scotland and Iford in Essex? StVallier
  • Score: 6

6:04pm Sat 28 Jun 14

Peroni says...

Makes you laugh the old bill, an old man probably whittling .
There was an old guy down near the water at Baiter ,he was making walking sticks.........guess what he had a couple of knives lol
Maybe he needed an armed response .........
Makes you laugh the old bill, an old man probably whittling . There was an old guy down near the water at Baiter ,he was making walking sticks.........guess what he had a couple of knives lol Maybe he needed an armed response ......... Peroni
  • Score: 15

8:54pm Sat 28 Jun 14

oversee says...

The Dorset 'Keystones' ride again...what a shower of planks....get on and solve a few of the murders you are clueless on...just a joke..............
The Dorset 'Keystones' ride again...what a shower of planks....get on and solve a few of the murders you are clueless on...just a joke.............. oversee
  • Score: -4

11:27pm Sat 28 Jun 14

Tango Charlie says...

Funny how time moves on. As a 14 year old scout I was supposed to carry a sheath knife for emergencies. It even had the scouting symbol on it. Whittling a piece of wood was an acceptable past time for us youths then.
Funny how time moves on. As a 14 year old scout I was supposed to carry a sheath knife for emergencies. It even had the scouting symbol on it. Whittling a piece of wood was an acceptable past time for us youths then. Tango Charlie
  • Score: 15

11:37pm Sat 28 Jun 14

twynham says...

Well done Keiran.
Well done Keiran. twynham
  • Score: -8

11:41pm Sat 28 Jun 14

sprintervanman says...

Tango Charlie wrote:
Funny how time moves on. As a 14 year old scout I was supposed to carry a sheath knife for emergencies. It even had the scouting symbol on it. Whittling a piece of wood was an acceptable past time for us youths then.
Not so much time moves on but more a case of Paranoid nation obsessed with the bubble wrap protection.As you say at a young age a we learnt that a knife was a tool of life not a weapon.
[quote][p][bold]Tango Charlie[/bold] wrote: Funny how time moves on. As a 14 year old scout I was supposed to carry a sheath knife for emergencies. It even had the scouting symbol on it. Whittling a piece of wood was an acceptable past time for us youths then.[/p][/quote]Not so much time moves on but more a case of Paranoid nation obsessed with the bubble wrap protection.As you say at a young age a we learnt that a knife was a tool of life not a weapon. sprintervanman
  • Score: 19

11:45pm Sat 28 Jun 14

Kieran S says...

Tango Charlie wrote:
Funny how time moves on. As a 14 year old scout I was supposed to carry a sheath knife for emergencies. It even had the scouting symbol on it. Whittling a piece of wood was an acceptable past time for us youths then.
Even the rules about knives for scouts, at scouts, are now very strict. Although scouts are still allowed to use the axes and saws following a basic safety talk.
[quote][p][bold]Tango Charlie[/bold] wrote: Funny how time moves on. As a 14 year old scout I was supposed to carry a sheath knife for emergencies. It even had the scouting symbol on it. Whittling a piece of wood was an acceptable past time for us youths then.[/p][/quote]Even the rules about knives for scouts, at scouts, are now very strict. Although scouts are still allowed to use the axes and saws following a basic safety talk. Kieran S
  • Score: -10

5:47am Sun 29 Jun 14

kalebmoledirt says...

At last a grown ups account of events without the added drama,well done Steve..Sorry about the spelling and grams .I went to Oakmead
At last a grown ups account of events without the added drama,well done Steve..Sorry about the spelling and grams .I went to Oakmead kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 7

9:52am Sun 29 Jun 14

MCAME1989 says...

So one poor old man minding his own business is arrested and take away!
Then another busy body (if not the same one) calls the echo and gets it in the paper!

I must tell my partner to hide his fishing knife the next time he's fishing just incase he gets spotted!
So one poor old man minding his own business is arrested and take away! Then another busy body (if not the same one) calls the echo and gets it in the paper! I must tell my partner to hide his fishing knife the next time he's fishing just incase he gets spotted! MCAME1989
  • Score: 16

2:10pm Sun 29 Jun 14

Lord Spring says...

All I said was he looking Daggers and that gets deleted by the censor.
All I said was he looking Daggers and that gets deleted by the censor. Lord Spring
  • Score: 6

2:55pm Sun 29 Jun 14

Avengerboy says...

Next week in Westbourne .... Man falls over dog.
Next week in Westbourne .... Man falls over dog. Avengerboy
  • Score: 11

3:01pm Sun 29 Jun 14

Huey says...

He was a circus performer in legal possession of said knives and has now been released without charge. Check bbc.
He was a circus performer in legal possession of said knives and has now been released without charge. Check bbc. Huey
  • Score: 13

8:00pm Sun 29 Jun 14

elfinia says...

Hilarious ! I went down there around that time for a walk with a friend ( beautiful sunny Saturday) and my heart sank when I saw police cars and several Officers hanging around as I thought we wouldn't be allowed down to the river.....but they carried on hanging around and we walked on by.
Actually, it is quite nice to know what the fuss was all about.....thankyou Echo.
Don't forget, this was the area where the Capstone Road murderer, Danilo whatever-his-name was, used to hang out and stalk women carrying a weapon.
Hilarious ! I went down there around that time for a walk with a friend ( beautiful sunny Saturday) and my heart sank when I saw police cars and several Officers hanging around as I thought we wouldn't be allowed down to the river.....but they carried on hanging around and we walked on by. Actually, it is quite nice to know what the fuss was all about.....thankyou Echo. Don't forget, this was the area where the Capstone Road murderer, Danilo whatever-his-name was, used to hang out and stalk women carrying a weapon. elfinia
  • Score: 0

1:27pm Mon 30 Jun 14

ragj195 says...

elfinia wrote:
Hilarious ! I went down there around that time for a walk with a friend ( beautiful sunny Saturday) and my heart sank when I saw police cars and several Officers hanging around as I thought we wouldn't be allowed down to the river.....but they carried on hanging around and we walked on by.
Actually, it is quite nice to know what the fuss was all about.....thankyou Echo.
Don't forget, this was the area where the Capstone Road murderer, Danilo whatever-his-name was, used to hang out and stalk women carrying a weapon.
Imagine what the yanks would make of a story like this.
[quote][p][bold]elfinia[/bold] wrote: Hilarious ! I went down there around that time for a walk with a friend ( beautiful sunny Saturday) and my heart sank when I saw police cars and several Officers hanging around as I thought we wouldn't be allowed down to the river.....but they carried on hanging around and we walked on by. Actually, it is quite nice to know what the fuss was all about.....thankyou Echo. Don't forget, this was the area where the Capstone Road murderer, Danilo whatever-his-name was, used to hang out and stalk women carrying a weapon.[/p][/quote]Imagine what the yanks would make of a story like this. ragj195
  • Score: 1

4:17pm Mon 30 Jun 14

grumpy om says...

what no helicopter !!!
what no helicopter !!! grumpy om
  • Score: 2

8:21pm Mon 30 Jun 14

S,Bowes says...

Kieran S wrote:
Tango Charlie wrote:
Funny how time moves on. As a 14 year old scout I was supposed to carry a sheath knife for emergencies. It even had the scouting symbol on it. Whittling a piece of wood was an acceptable past time for us youths then.
Even the rules about knives for scouts, at scouts, are now very strict. Although scouts are still allowed to use the axes and saws following a basic safety talk.
given the negative response, is this a serious comment . Or is he attempting to mock the scout movement
[quote][p][bold]Kieran S[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tango Charlie[/bold] wrote: Funny how time moves on. As a 14 year old scout I was supposed to carry a sheath knife for emergencies. It even had the scouting symbol on it. Whittling a piece of wood was an acceptable past time for us youths then.[/p][/quote]Even the rules about knives for scouts, at scouts, are now very strict. Although scouts are still allowed to use the axes and saws following a basic safety talk.[/p][/quote]given the negative response, is this a serious comment . Or is he attempting to mock the scout movement S,Bowes
  • Score: 2
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