Man arrested after 17-hour siege where ‘pyrotechnic device’ was thrown at police

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A 39-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of making threats to kill after trained negotiators, armed police officers and drones were deployed to the area

Man, 39, arrested on suspicion of making threats to kill in 17-hour stand-off
Man, 39, arrested on suspicion of making threats to kill in 17-hour stand-off

A man has been arrested following a 17-hour siege where a ‘pyrotechnic device’ was thrown at police at a property in Somerset.

Officers attended an address in Weston-super-Mare at 11am on Tuesday to speak to an individual about an ongoing investigation.

The man refused to leave the property and a siege ensued as trained negotiators, armed police officers and drones were deployed to the area.

Residents in the Turnock Gardens area of ​​West Wick were told to evacuate their homes and around 20 houses were cordoned off, SomersetLive reports.

The incident was brought to a safe conclusion at just before 4am on Wednesday, when a 39-year-old man voluntarily left the property before being arrested on suspicion of making threats to kill.

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It is understood that the man refused to negotiate or allow police to enter the building, forcing Avon and Somerset Police to deploy a huge number of resources to the scene, including trained negotiators, armed police officers and drones.

Chief Inspector Scott Hill said: “Throughout the night, highly trained negotiators have been working as part of our multi-agency response to bring this incident to a safe conclusion.

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“We’ve contacted the small number of residents who were asked to leave their properties as a precaution and advised them they can now return home.

“We’d like to thank them, and the wider West Wick community, for their support and understanding throughout the duration of this incident.

“There’ll continue to be a police presence at the scene and we’ll be carrying out additional reassurance patrols of the area today, so we’d encourage anyone with worries or concerns to speak to their Neighborhood Policing Team.”

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A spokesperson for Avon and Somerset Constabulary said: “Officers first attended a property on Turnock Gardens at about 11am on Tuesday to arrest a man for multiple offenses.

“When the man refused to leave officers forced the front door to find objects obstructing the entrance.

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“A pyrotechnic device was subsequently thrown out of a window prompting the officers to withdraw and call for additional resources.

“These include highly trained negotiators who are working hard to get the man to come out and to bring the incident to a safe conclusion.

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“Armed officers are also at the scene as a precautionary measure due to threats made towards officers and the belief there are weapons within the property.

“A cordon is currently in place around the property and will remain while the police operation continues.”



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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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