A SECURITY guard on his lunch break stepped in to save a terrified fast food worker from a man wielding a knife.

Josh Ramm, from Harwood, was at McDonald's on his lunch break from working as a security guard for Stopfordian in Bredbury, Stockport, last Wednesday when he saw terrified staff and customers running out of the shop.

The 28-year-old asked what was happening to be told that a man was waving around a large knife shouting that he was going to kill someone.

Josh said: "I was just sat in my car having lunch when I saw loads of staff coming out screaming.

"The staff said there was a man running around threatening to kill everyone with a knife.

"I straight away jumped out of my car to help, I was already wearing my stab vest, and went running in thinking I'll do my best here.

"I heard a girl scream and saw behind the counter a man holding her with a kitchen knife pressed up against her neck.

"I managed to talk to him and connect with him as I could tell he was in a bad place from what he was saying.

"I told him that I'd been through problems recently too but that things get better, he calmed down enough to let the woman go and I got close enough to him to get the knife off him and keep hold of him before he was arrested."

Josh said that he was in the right place at the right time and was glad he could be there to help.

He said: "I've been in that situation before but never actually dealt with somebody who I thought was going to kill someone.

"I really thought he would kill her if I don't do anything, I was really worried because the way he was holding the knife against her wasn't just a cry for help but really dangerous.

"I was in a bad place myself six months ago and could tell he wasn't in a good place so just tried to relate to him and tell him it would be okay."

Josh said he definitely felt "proud" after helping the woman, who he has been in contact with since, and he had received a lot of praise from the police.

Josh added: "I was just doing my job really.

"My dad was a policeman, I was in the GB Judo team and have been working in security for years so wanted to step in and help when I could.

"As soon as I saw the girls face when was terrified all I could think of was my own daughter in that situation.

"I thought what would I expect from someone in my situation right now, because that could easily have been my daughter in 15 years. I would want someone to step up and help her, so that's what I tried to do for this girl."

The police confirmed a 24-year-old man was arrested and has since been detained under the Mental Health Act.

Det Sgt Matt Tarr, of GMP’s Stockport CID, said: “This was a terribly frightening ordeal for the victim of this incident and officers are working with her employer to ensure that she – and other staff members affected – are receiving the support they need at this time.

“I would like to thank the member of the public who bravely tried to intervene and put his own safety at risk to try and diffuse the incident – this action ensured that when police responded just moments later we were able to prevent anyone being hurt and a man was arrested."