People stuck in their homes for 30 hours after armed police lock down street


Police say they were called to an address in Earlsdon, in the West Midlands, in the early hours of Sunday morning following concern about a man and a child at the property

Police at the scene in Earlsdon
Police at the scene in Earlsdon

Armed police are still surrounding a home 30 hours after being called amid concerns about a man and a child at a property.

The incident unfolded in Earlsdon, West Midlands, with officers called to an address in the early hours of Sunday morning at around 12.20am, Coventry Live reports.

A man inside the property has refused to come out and specialist officers were dispatched.

Armed police gathered outside a property at around 3.15pm and are still there as neighbours have been forced to stay inside their homes.

One local said: “We have just been told to continue with the stay indoors, can’t leave advice.”

The incident is still ongoing after 30 hours

Eyewitnesses have spoken of up to 20 armed officers at the scene, Coventry Live reports.

A resident living nearby, who did not wish to be named, said he saw the 999 teams as they arrived at the start of the incident.

“I hadn’t noticed anything until around noon when I opened our blinds and saw about four or five police cars and a van,” they said.

The ongoing stand-off has forced a neighbour primary school to close.

Residents have been forced to stay in their homes
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Earlsdon Primary School issued a statement saying: “West Mids Police cordoned off an area around Earlsdon Ave North today while officers deal with an incident.

“The decision has been taken to close the school on Monday. We apologise for any inconvenience. We hope you understand this is in the interests of pupils, staff and parents.”

West Midlands Police said: “We went to conduct a safe and well check on a man and a child at an address in Earlsdon Avenue North, Coventry, just before 12.20am this morning (January 9).

“A man inside the property is refusing to come out. Specialist resources have been called and officers remain at the scene this afternoon.

The incident unfolded in the early hours of Sunday morning
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“The road is sealed off while officers deal with the situation.”

A resident said on Sunday: “I hadn’t noticed anything until around noon when I opened our blinds and saw about four or five police cars and a van.

“At that time there was only one armed officer, but over the course of the next three or four hours they presence of armed police slowly increased to the point that now there’s between 10 and 20 armed officers here.

“There are at least six police cars and vans, four of five unmarked cars and four ambulances.

“The first real movement was recently when the officers were gathering, one had a ladder, and they went around the corner.”

One posted on Facebook : “I’m locked in my house,” while another added “police wouldn’t let him leave his house”.

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