A PARTY-GOER dressed as fictional ‘Friday the 13th’ slasher Jason Vorhees was hauled out of a pub and handcuffed by armed police after worried locals called to report his toy wooden knives.
West Yorkshire Police issued a warning about the “distress” caused by carrying “toy weapons” in public after tracking down Shaun Mckeon, 26, at The Angel Inn pub in Leeds city centre on Friday June 13th.
Mr Mckeon, from Armley, was attending a Friday the 13th-themed fancy dress party and decided to go as Jason, the hockey mask-wearing main character from the series of horror movies that first aired in 1980.
Armed response officers were dispatched after police received reports that “a masked man was walking around Leeds city centre carrying what appeared to be knives” at 5.25pm.
Mr McKeon said he and his friends are “are all quite big horror fans” and he decided to model his costume on Friday the 13th Part VI, where Jason wears a utility belt with fake weapons including a machete and hunting knife. He said: “I was at The Angel Inn drinking for a good half an hour before the police turned up in force with guns and dogs.
“Though I was still in costume they managed to walk right past me twice before I gathered that they were there because of the fake weapons I had brought, so I handed my bag to the off-duty officer to be checked.
“At this point it was quite obvious to all, including the off-duty officer, that I posed no threat whatsoever but the police still dragged me to the ground and cuffed me anyway.”
Superintendent Sam Millar of Leeds District Police said: “Residents quite rightly phoned us to inform us they had seen a man carrying what appeared to be knives and as a result we had to despatch critical resources to locate this individual. These were resources which could have been better deployed dealing with genuine emergencies.
“Officers were able to locate him and after checking the items he was carrying were toys he was dealt with and given suitable advice.”