A police manhunt was continuing today for a former prisoner armed with a knife who threatened officers when they went to arrest him.

The 37-year-old is wanted on recall to prison, but fled from a house in Rufford Road, Milnsbridge, after police arrived.

An extensive search for him continued over the weekend and Det Insp Stef Wiseman, of Huddersfield CID, said: “Arrest enquiries are still ongoing.

“There has been no change and we are still looking for him.”

Officers had arrived at the house on Friday night to make an arrest, but a spokesman said: “Following brief negotiations, a man within the property has made threats towards attending officers and made off from the scene armed with a knife.”

Rufford Road
Rufford Road

Rufford Road was sealed off by police for some time, and residents in Milnsbridge and Golcar reported hearing the West Yorkshire Police helicopter overhead on Friday night.

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Police have not identified the man, but say he is potentially dangerous.

They have said the wanted man had phoned Huddersfield police station several times since the events of Friday night.

And a man claiming to be the knifeman rang the Examiner to give his side of the situation.

He said he has served a long stretch in prison for robbery and was freed in January last year.

He denied he had threatened anyone with a knife and said he had “no intention of going back to prison or giving himself up”.

Examiner reporter Robert Sutcliffe speaks to alleged knifeman
Examiner reporter Robert Sutcliffe speaks to alleged knifeman

He insisted he had not infringed the terms of his licence by getting involved in a relationship and complained about police and government harassment.

He said he had spoken to a lawyer and is going to try to talk to Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman and possibly even Home Secretary Theresa May.

He said he had been out of prison for 18 months and “had kept my head down. I work”.