Armed cops offer CIGARETTE to fake suicide bomber before arrest

Dramatic moment armed cops offer CIGARETTE to fake suicide bomber, 46, vowing to blow up police station… before they swoop in to arrest him

  • Police tackled fake suicide bomber after he threatened to blow up police station
  • Body-cam footage shows officers swooping in and wrestling Jayesh Thanki
  • He was tackled outside Weston Favell Police Station in Northampton
  • Thanki, of Northampton, admitted making a bomb hoax and making malicious communications and was jailed for three years  

This is the dramatic moment armed police offered a fake suicide bomber threatening to blow up a police station a cigarette before tackling him to the ground. 

Body-cam footage shows officers swooping in and wrestling Jayesh Thanki, 46, to the ground outside Weston Favell Police Station in Northampton after he chillingly vowed to destroy the building. 

The station as well as nearby houses were evacuated as Thanki, who was wearing a rucksack, claimed to also be holding a detonator for an explosive device. 

Footage released by police yesterday shows officers armed with assault rifles turning up outside the station to confront the thug.

One officer can be heard calmly telling him ‘put down the bag buddy, so we can talk to you’ while his gun is aimed at the suspect. At one point, the cop asks: ‘What’s in the bag?’ to which Thanki replies: ‘A bomb.’

After distracting him with the offer of a cigarette, the officers then swoop and wrestle Thanki to the ground before arresting him. The bag was later found to contain only clothes.

This is the dramatic moment armed police offered a fake suicide bomber threatening to blow up a police station a cigarette before tackling him to the ground 

The building as well as nearby houses were evacuated as Jayesh Thanki, 46, who was wearing a rucksack, claimed to also be holding a detonator for an explosive device 

Body-cam footage shows officers swooping in and wrestling Thanki to the ground outside Weston Favell Police Station in Northampton after they offered him a cigarette

Earlier that day, Thanki had threatened and abused a 999 call handler and told them he was going to blow up the police station.

In audio footage released by Northamptonshire Police, he can be heard telling the operator: ‘I’ve got a bomb in my bag… bomb, B-O-M-B, a bomb!’

Thanki, of Northampton, admitted making a bomb hoax and making malicious communications and was jailed for three years last month

Northampton Crown Court heard Thanki flipped after arguing with his mother because she had kicked him out of her home and he blamed police for his eviction.

Thanki, of Northampton, admitted making a bomb hoax and making malicious communications and was jailed for three years last month.

Sentencing, Judge Adrienne Lucking QC said: ‘Anyone looking at you would have thought in view of the rucksack and what you said that you really were a suicide bomber and that must have been absolutely terrifying in that moment.’

She added that his actions were a result of him ‘wanting to gain police attention’ after having had ‘an argument with his mother earlier that day’.

The judge told him: ‘You put yourself in a situation where you could have been shot, and this would have caused devastation for the armed officers after discovering that there was in fact only clothing in the rucksack.

‘I accept that you were only trying to get the attention of the police, but this is still a very serious matter. You caused a huge amount of disruption and put your own life at risk.’

After distracting him with the offer of a cigarette, the officers then swoop and wrestle Thanki to the ground before arresting him. The bag was later found to contain only clothes

Footage released by police yesterday shows officers armed with assault rifles turning up outside the station to confront the thug

The court heard eight officers armed with rifles and nine more with tasers had rushed to the station after the hoax call was made.

Superintendent Jen Helm, head of Operational Policing at Northamptonshire Police, said: ‘This incident had the potential to be incredibly serious, and our officers had to balance and assess whether it involved someone with mental health issues or could be a genuine bomb threat.

‘They had to dynamically assess the incident as it unfolded, constantly taking on new information and adapting their approach, which enabled them to swiftly resolve the situation at the lowest, safest level.

‘In negotiating with, approaching and apprehending Thanki, our officers showed immense bravery and courage, and demonstrated the value of their extensive training.

‘They remained calm and composed in challenging circumstances to bring matters to a swift and peaceful conclusion, and are a credit to our Force.

‘This incident illustrates the risks all police officers face on a daily basis as they fulfil their pledge to fight crime and protect people.’  

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