Up to 50 armed police rush to house after reports of 'man with crossbow' refusing to leave


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A large police presence has been reported at the scene in Cross Street in the Kettlebrook neighbourhood of Tamworth. Residents reported seeing as many as 50 police officers dealing with the incident. Police were called to the property at 10.30am today (September 6).

Staffordshire Police are at the scene. The force confirmed a man has refused to leave a property after “making threats”.

Birmingham Live reports specially-trained negotiators are working alongside the armed officers.

The same publication says the property is used as an AirBnB.

A woman, who asked not to be named, said: “I am staying with my boyfriend. There are just us two and the man involved. I know nothing about him.

Pictures show the road cordoned off with officers and police vehicles filling the street.

A Staffordshire Police spokesperson said: “Officers are currently at the scene of an ongoing incident at a property on Cross Street in Kettlebook, Tamworth. We were called to the address at 10.30am this morning (September 6) following reports of concerns for the welfare of a man.

“The man had refused to leave the property and a number of threats had been made. Specially-trained negotiators and armed police, as a precautionary measure, are currently at the scene.

“A temporary road closure is in place and we are working hard to bring the incident to a safe conclusion, for everyone, as soon as possible. We would like to thank local residents for their understanding and patience at this time.”

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Resident Daniel Pratt, said: “Finished work but can’t get into my front door because a guy has a crossbow out the window with like 50 cops in the street.”

Neighbour Fiona Glover added: “I was with my small child and there were firearms. I didn’t want to get too close.”

Another resident said she had been unable to get into her house since 9am.

She explained: “My house is opposite the property. I have had to go to a friend’s house further down the street for some food and to use the loo. I just hope I can get back sometime tonight.”


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