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Cordon Thrown Around Coventry Machete Man

Police cordoned off an area of Coventry early today after a machete-wielding man threatened officers and barricaded himself in his house with his partner and young child.

Trained negotiators were brought into to try and talk the man into submission following the incident which began late last night and carried on into this morning.

Police were called to reports of a man brandishing a machete in Windmill Road, Longford. He threatened the officers with the knife.

He went back to his home address and a cordon was thrown around his house.

The negotiators, worried about the safety of his 20-year-old partner and two-year-old child, tried to convince him to give himself up.

In the end the local community beat officer, PC Dave Neale, was brought in to talk to the man.

Although off duty, PC Neale was called on because he knew him. He persuaded him to come out.

The stand-off ended at 7.15 when a 41-year-old man came out of the house. He was arrested and taken to Stoney Stanton Road police station for questioning.

PC Neale, who has 28 years service, said he had given the man advice and guidance in the pat on several occasion, and use this to break the ice.

He said:

"It was clearly a help in this situation that I knew the man and this helped to bring the incident to a successful close."

Area commander Supt Bob Minshull said PC Neale's actions showed the value of having officers working closely with, and getting to know, the community.

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CWN / Crimes, Fires & Accidents / 21 Dec 00
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