In Runcorn, Cheshire, a middle-aged man pulled out a knife and said “I’m sick of all this shit” before cutting his own throat in front of a benefits advisor.
The incident happened at about 2pm on Monday at Halton Direct Link in Halton Lea Shopping Centre.
Staff at the benefits office hit the emergency alarm, and police and paramedics arrived a few minutes later. Fortunately, the injuries were minor and the man did not sever an artery.
According to eye witnesses, the man became frustrated when he wasn’t getting through to the advisor about his concerns over the bedroom tax. One witness said “Everyone was just sat about normal waiting to go and see the adviser. I was in the queue. Nobody did nothing.”
Halton Borough Council said the man was receiving support following the incident, as are staff at the benefit centre.
Source: Daily Mirror