Residents and neighbours in Earlsdon have rallied around with offers of rooms, hot showers and groceries to those affected by the ongoing police stand-off.

Armed police remain in Earlsdon as the stand-off with a dad armed police say is believed to be armed with weapons drags into its third day.

Earlsdon Avenue North remains a no-go zone between the high street and Highland Road as the specialist gun squad remain focused on a property where a dad and his son remain holed up inside

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Dozens of officers, including the armed unit, have been on the scene for about 62 hours as they aim to resolve the stand-off safely.

Offers of support from the community have flooded in on the CoventryLive Facebook page and on the Earlsdon Local Message Board.

Aishling Hughes wrote on our Facebook page: “I live in Earlsdon. If there is anyone within the closed off area that does need shopping bringing or anything, message me and I’ll drop it to the [cordoned] off bit: apparently officers are happy to bring it to you.”

Samantha Allsop added: “Ditto to that: if anyone needs anything please inbox me – I’m off work this week so if anyone needs shopping that cannot get out please drop me a PM and as above can drop off to cordon where officers can bring to you xx”

Jen Anne replied: ” lovely thing to do.”

There have also been widespread offers of hot showers, rooms and meals made on Earlsdon Local Message Board to those not able to get back to their houses.

CoventryLive reporter Jaspreet Kaur is also live at the scene today, and has said family members have been turning up at the cordon to drop off essentials to relatives inside the no-go zone.

West Midlands Police have issued guidance to support those residents caught up in the armed siege.

Residents in the immediate vicinity will remain in lockdown until the situation is resolved, although there are ways they can exit their properties.

Those living in the outer police cordon are advised to approach officers on the perimeter to exit or enter either on foot or in a vehicle.

Anyone who lives in the inner cordon (from the junction of Westwood Road with Earlsdon Avenue North to the Albany Road roundabout and on Newcombe Road near the junction of Earlsdon Avenue North) is asked to call 101 and police will arrange for an officer to escort the resident in and out.



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For safety reasons , Earlsdon Primary School remains closed for the second day running, meaning youngsters will be learning from home.

Earlsdon Library, which opened its doors as a rest centre for people affected by the police incident on Earlsdon Avenue North, has been closed, Coventry City Council has confirmed.

A Coventry City Council spokesman said: “Please be aware that the Earlsdon Library rest centre facility has now closed.

“If residents still require assistance, they can ring 02476 834025 between 09:00 and 17:00 Monday to Friday, or 02476 832222, after 17:00 and before 09:00.”

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