‘I want to die’ says man lying in road

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A man carrying a knife was arrested at the weekend after throwing himself in the road in front of traffic.

The man was seen lying in the road at Maya Close off Barkers Lane, Bedford, around 4pm on Sunday afternoon.

A police spokeswoman confirmed that a man was detained for carrying a knife after they received a call at 4.13pm concerning the safety of a person and arrested him at the scene.

An eyewitness who asked not to be named told the T&C: “I heard a car brake and saw a man lying on the floor.

“He was saying: ‘I want to die, I want to die. Why can’t I have the right to die?’

“I saw him lay flat on the road at least three times. There was a queue of traffic backing up right up to fire station.

“The police went to arrest him after they arrived and he said to them: “I have a knife on me.

“He wasn’t waving it about, and it didn’t look like he was resisting arrest. I think he was more disappointed that he wasn’t able to kill himself by being run over.

“The knife was under his jumper – it looked like a little kitchen knife.

“The police talked to him calmly and he threw it down onto the floor and away from everyone.

“He had a blank expression on his face and looked like he needed a good shower.”

Police confirmed a man was arrested for possession of an offensive weapon.

They also said a man is due to be assessed by a mental health team.