Saturday, September 21

Moment arsonist with petrol can walks into Santander and sets bank on fire.


Terrifying footage shows the moment a man walks into a Santander bank brandishing a meat cleaver and sets the building on fire. Ahmad Mohammed was captured on CCTV footage walking up to the row of cashiers in the branch in Hull city center with a jerry can of petrol and a dark bag. He is seen talking to cashiers, before unscrewing the jerry can lid while a member of the public moves out of his way. He then pulled a meat cleaver out of his bag, Hull Crown Court heard. Mohammed walked around the shop splashing petrol on the floor while shouting at terrified members of the public, who walked inside the branch before quickly fleeing. Mohammed, 25, then can then be seen igniting the petrol, causing flames to lick up from the floor before heading to the exit.n CCTV and bodycam footage were shown to the court, Mohammed was seen running across the street to Barclays. He tried to replicate his actions in the second bank — splashing petrol around the floor as stunned members of the public looked on — before failing to ignite it. He then headed into the street waving a meat cleaver before he was Tasered by police and arrested. Witnesses Mohammed laughed as he ran into the street chased by a group of brave police officers and members of the public. 
When Mohammed put the jerry can down he reached inside his bag and pulled out a meat cleaver. The staff immediately reach for a panic button, triggering an automatic safety response which brought up the shutters over the windows. Mohammed was found guilty of attempted robbery, arson with intent to endanger life, three counts of possession of a bladed article and affray. He also was found guilty of criminal damage and threats to commit criminal damage. He did not enter any pleas or appear in court during the hearing. His case has now been adjourned for a report into his mental health to be conducted.

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