A TAXI driver was threatened with a Samurai sword after trying to confront his fare-dodging passengers.
Two men and two women fled into a house in Richmond Street, New Brighton without paying at around 10.30pm on Saturday.
The driver was threatened with the sword after knocking on the door to demand his money.
Armed police then swooped on the house with nearby roads cordoned off as a precaution.
After a short stand-off, six people – four men, aged 20, 21, 22 and 35, and two women, aged 21 and 29, gave themselves up to police.
They all remained in custody last night.
A police spokesman confirmed: “The four passengers entered a house in Richmond Street. The taxi-driver followed the males.
“As he approached the property a male opened the door and threatened
him with a Samurai-type sword.
“A report was made to the police and officers went to the address.
“An armed containment was placed on the house as a precautionary measure and officers spoke with the occupants.”