Suspect in custody after overnight Welwyn Garden City rooftop siege

PUBLISHED: 13:32 17 March 2018 | UPDATED: 10:11 19 March 2018

Armed police attended Stanborough Close as a precaution during the overnight siege. File photo.

Armed police attended Stanborough Close as a precaution during the overnight siege. File photo.

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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.

The scene after the incident in Welwyn Garden City's Stanborough Close. Picture: Jonathan Hart The scene after the incident in Welwyn Garden City's Stanborough Close. Picture: Jonathan Hart

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.

The scene after the incident in Welwyn Garden City's Stanborough Close. Picture: Jonathan Hart The scene after the incident in Welwyn Garden City's Stanborough Close. Picture: Jonathan Hart

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.”

•MORE: Man charged in connection with rooftop siege

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