Police were called to Sainsbury’s supermarket in Black Heath, at around 12:10PM this afternoon (26/05), after a fire was set off in the toilets and reports of a man in with a knife.
Armed officers responded after the man was seen running from the store in possession of a knife. He was located and arrested nearby.
The store was evacuated and road closures were put in place while forensic investigators conducted enquiries.
West Midlands Police Force Incident Manager, Chief Inspector Paul Minor said: “The store remains closed while we examine the scene and assess the cause of the fire.
“The man in custody and his motives remain unclear however, we do not believe this to be related to any terror threat.”
No members of the public were injured during the incident and road closures remain in place at Halesowen Street, John Street and Union Street.