Five-day Coventry siege ends as police blast their way into home


Police with stun grenades storm their way into home where ‘father, 41, had bee holding eight-year-old son hostage’ for FIVE DAYS and safely rescue the boy

  • Armed police bring five-day stand-off in Earlsdon area of Coventry to a close 
  • Man, 41, ‘barricaded himself into ground floor flat with his eight-year-old son’ 
  • Dramatic video shows specialist firearms officers smashing into house 
  • Team can later be seen streaming out of house carrying child on Thursday 


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A stand-off between armed police and a man who barricaded himself and his young son in a house has ended after five days.

The siege involving specially trained officers in the Earlsdon area of Coventry began after a concern for welfare check by West Midlands Police officers at the address at 12.20am on Sunday.

Dramatic footage showed specialist firearms officers smashing through the windows of a home just after after 8.30pm on Thursday.

Video which emerged on social media shows armed police mounting a small step ladder and entering a property. The team can later be seen streaming out of the house carrying a child and moving him to safety.

Coventry Seige comes to an end, after 5 day standoff

POLICE STORM HOUSE, ENDING 5-DAY STANDOFF Armed police have stormed a house in #Coventry, after a five-day stand off with a man – who’d barricaded himself inside with his young son Specialist firearms officers moved in just after 8.30pm and detained the 41-year-old man; he is now being taken into custody where he will be assessed by mental health professionals. His son, who is believed to have been physically unharmed, is with other family and will receive any necessary support from professionals for any emotional and medical requirements. Supt Ronan Tyrer, of Coventry Police, said: “This has been an incredibly sensitive and challenging siege, which had a boy aged eight, at its heart. “His safety was our main concern throughout this and so I’m sure everyone in Coventry shares in our relief that we have been able to get him safely out of the house today. “The situation became untenable and it was decided to bring the siege to an end. “At all times, we had to balance the risk to the boy being kept in the house, with the risk that he could be harmed if we did enter the house. “Thankfully, he appears to be physically unharmed at this stage – but he is being properly cared for now to ensure he gets all the emotional and other support he needs. “We are incredibly thankful for the way that the community in Earlsdon have supported us. We know it’s been drawn-out, tough and frustrating, but we have done our best to help you through this. “I’d like to thank the firearms officers, negotiators, neighbourhood and other officers who have worked day and night to protect this boy, and the public.” Video – Courtesy of Stuart Linnell, Twitter.

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Armed police officers outside a property in Earlsdon Avenue North, Coventry on January 12

Armed police officers outside a property in Earlsdon Avenue North, Coventry on January 12

Armed police officers outside a property in Earlsdon Avenue North, Coventry on January 12

Armed police during a stand off with a barricaded man on January 12, 2022

Armed police during a stand off with a barricaded man on January 12, 2022

Armed police during a stand off with a barricaded man on January 12, 2022

 

A general view as armed police attended a stand off in Coventry on January 13, 2022

A general view as armed police attended a stand off in Coventry on January 13, 2022

A general view as armed police attended a stand off in Coventry on January 13, 2022

West Midlands Police said officers detained a 41-year-old man, who has been taken into custody where he will be assessed by mental health professionals.

The man’s eight-year-old son, who is believed to have been physically unharmed, is with other family members. Police previously said the 41-year-old was believed to have weapons and had barricaded himself inside a ground floor flat.

Specialist police negotiators spent more than 90 hours trying to coax out the father. Residents were unable to leave their homes without a police escort while a nearby school and local businesses closed.

Superintendent Ronan Tyrer, of Coventry Police, said on Thursday: ‘This has been an incredibly sensitive and challenging siege, which had a boy aged eight, at its heart.

Superintendent Ronan Tyrer of West Midlands Police during a press conference near Earlsdon Avenue North, Coventry on January 12, 2022

Superintendent Ronan Tyrer of West Midlands Police during a press conference near Earlsdon Avenue North, Coventry on January 12, 2022

 Superintendent Ronan Tyrer of West Midlands Police during a press conference near Earlsdon Avenue North, Coventry on January 12, 2022

An armed police officer outside a property in Earlsdon Avenue North on January 11

An armed police officer outside a property in Earlsdon Avenue North on January 11

An armed police officer outside a property in Earlsdon Avenue North on January 11

Armed police officers outside Earlsdon Primary school, Coventry on January 12

Armed police officers outside Earlsdon Primary school, Coventry on January 12

Armed police officers outside Earlsdon Primary school, Coventry on January 12

Armed police officers outside a property in Earlsdon Avenue North on January 11

Armed police officers outside a property in Earlsdon Avenue North on January 11

Armed police officers outside a property in Earlsdon Avenue North on January 11

Pictured: Police at a house on Earlsdon Avenue in Coventry on January 9

Pictured: Police at a house on Earlsdon Avenue in Coventry on January 9

Pictured: Police at a house on Earlsdon Avenue in Coventry on January 9

Pictured: Part of the large police cordon in Earlsdon, Coventry on January 9

Pictured: Part of the large police cordon in Earlsdon, Coventry on January 9

Pictured: Part of the large police cordon in Earlsdon, Coventry on January 9

‘His safety was our main concern throughout this and so I’m sure everyone in Coventry shares in our relief that we have been able to get him safely out of the house today.

‘The situation became untenable and it was decided to bring the siege to an end. At all times, we had to balance the risk to the boy being kept in the house, with the risk that he could be harmed if we did enter the house.

‘Thankfully, he appears to be physically unharmed at this stage – but he is being properly cared for now to ensure he gets all the emotional and other support he needs.

‘We are incredibly thankful for the way that the community in Earlsdon have supported us. We know it’s been drawn-out, tough and frustrating, but we have done our best to help you through this.

‘I’d like to thank the firearms officers, negotiators, neighbourhood and other officers who have worked day and night to protect this boy, and the public.’

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