Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Stand-Off Drama

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Stand-Off Drama

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Byline: Simon Haworth And Andrew Pain

An armed siege brought a Teesside estate to a standstill when a man barricaded himself inside a house.

Dozens of armed police swooped on Cresswell Road, in Grangetown.

Officers are understood to have wanted to question a 32-year-old man over allegations that he had made threats to kill in an earlier incident. But when they arrived at the property they were given indications that the man would not leave and could cause himself harm.

A six-hour stand-off ensued with police negotiators and relatives of the man brought in to talk to him.

Chief Inspector Ciaron Irvine, of Redcar and Cleveland Police, said: "We confirmed that the person was inside the premises and there were indications he potentially may harm himself. As a result we had to take necessary precautions.

"We were satisfied from the outset that he was in the house alone. He refused to leave the premises. As the incident commander I made the decision that we would seek to negotiate his exit from the house because that would be the safest option for him, my officers, and the public at large."

The drama began at midday yesterday. The man could be seen shouting from a bedroom window as police negotiators tried to calm him. There was an on-going dialogue between the man and officers. At one point it is understood the man's sister was brought to the scene to speak to him on the telephone from a police vehicle outside.

His mother arrived at around 5.30pm when her son eventually gave himself up.

Throughout the day armed police stood at the end of the garden keeping the man under surveillance while estate residents looked on.

The potential seriousness of the situation was reflected in the number of emergency vehicles in the road. CCTV units were deployed and two ambulances also stood by while the police helicopter hovered overhead for a number of hours.

Chief Inspector Irvine said: "Incidents of this nature are always very difficult. …

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