Suspect in custody after overnight Welwyn Garden City rooftop siege
PUBLISHED: 13:32 17 March 2018 | UPDATED: 10:11 19 March 2018
A wanted man holed up in a Welwyn Garden City flat threw objects and threats at officers from the roof during an overnight siege that saw armed officers called out.
A major road was closed overnight due to the incident, with four neighbours evacuated to emergency accommodation – as police negotiators and firearms units came to the scene as a precaution.
Road closures were lifted when the siege ended at about 5.30am this morning when a 43-year-old man from Welwyn Garden City was arrested on suspicion of a number of offences, clarification of which we are awaiting from police. He remains in custody.
Police went to the flat in Stanborough Close at about 5.30pm yesterday, after a report that a man wanted for assault was there.
On their arrival, they found a man had locked himself inside the flat. He proceeded to throw numerous objects at officers and make threats, subsequently doing so from the roof of the building – which was depleted as the man threw many of the tiles at the officers.
Police tactical resources were despatched as a precaution, and Stanborough Road was closed at the junctions with Gosling Sports Park and Osborn Way. Firefighters and paramedics also attended to assist.
A police cordon that remained in place after the end of the siege was lifted at about noon today.
A force spokesman said: “We would like to thank the public for their patience during this incident.”