[08 MAR 01]
CRIMES, FIRES & ACCIDENTS
Knife Man Holes Up
In Loft Siege
man armed with several weapons barricaded himself into a loft in
an 11 hour siege yesterday which only ended when police forced
their way in to the small space.
39-year-old shut himself in the loft in Birch Grove, Birch Moor,
Polesworth at 9.45am.
police negotiators were called in to try and encourage the man to
David Buggins said:
man was in clearly in a highly-charged and confused state.”
the day the man threw items from the loft at officers, and one of
them suffered a facial injury.
8.30pm officers decided that they were not going to succeed in
persuading the man to come out. They were worried that he might
hurt himself with the weapons he had, and also feared that he
could start a fire in the loft.
forced their way in and over-powered the man. He was taken to the
George Eliot Hospital because he claimed that he had taken some
man was later released from hospital and taken into custody at
Bedworth police station. He was arrested on suspicion of
assaulting a police officer and is due to be questioned later