A CARTERTON man who allegedly carried a knife through the town has been detained under the Mental Health Act.

Thames Valley Police was called to reports of a man carrying a knife in the Shilton Park area at around 2pm on Friday.

The 46-year-old was arrested on suspicion of possession of a knife or bladed article in a public place and subsequently detained under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act.

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One eyewitness saw several marked and unmarked vehicles, plus about 20 armed police, search a property on Shilton Park that afternoon.