Staff at petrol station in Bristol sought refuge in a safe room after a man entered the premises wielding a knife

The man, thought to be in his 50s, was detained and then arrested by Avon & Somerset police on suspicion of attempted murder.

Commenting on the attack, Paul Weldon, managing director of The Panic Room Company, said: “This story is another prime example of how safe rooms and panic rooms can protect employees and the general public alike in the event of an armed attack. I’m very glad this incident ended with a positive outcome; that may not have been the case if the petrol station hadn’t had a safe room.”

Continues Paul: “Adding a high security door to close off a small area in such a facility is a highly cost effective and efficient way of creating a safe space or sanctuary to allow staff to conceal themselves while the emergency services arrive and deal with any threat or incident.

“We can include basic communications and CCTV links within the area too so that employees can make immediate contact with the outside world and also observe what is happening so they can explain this to the police or security services.”