Man remains in custody after armed police end five-day standoff with ‘flash grenades’

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A man remains in custody after armed police end a five-day standoff, allegedly using flash grenades as they make their way into a flat.

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Police said the 41-year-old father was locked inside along with his eight-year-old son.

He was detained by firearms officers after a siege in Coventry last night.


Neighbors on Arlesdon Avenue North heard the explosion, and footage showed firearms officers storming the flat and smashing a window as light beamed from the front room.

The standoff began after West Midlands Police “concerned welfare checks”.

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The boy is believed to be physically unwell and is being looked after by his relatives.

Police say mental health professionals are assessing his father.

Neighbor Joe DeVoil told the BBC he saw officers “walking in with flash grenades and smoke grenades”.

Another witness told the broadcaster that he had heard “a lot of banging” and that people in the neighborhood “started coughing”.

“It was quite a tense situation,” she said.

Superintendent Ronan Tyrer said the boy’s safety was a priority, and it was an “incredibly sensitive and challenging siege”.

“I’m sure everyone in Coventry shares in our relief that we’ve been able to get her out of the house safely,” he said.

“We had to balance the risk to the boy being kept in the house with the risk that he could be harmed if we entered the house.”

Nearby Arlesdon Primary School, which was closed since Monday, has reopened.

Is the headmaster Rhona Forde. After the students are back in class? described As in a “very unusual week”.

The West Midlands Firearms Operations Unit said its officers were “heavily involved in bringing this situation to a safe conclusion”.


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