CCTV footage has captured the moment a five-day long siege at a property in Earlsdon was brought to a dramatic end.

Footage captured on a camera across the road from the property shows the police forcing the way into the property in Earlsdon Avenue North where a man had barricaded himself inside a flat with his eight-year-old son.

Police moved in at about 8.30pm yesterday (Thursday) and took the man, 41, into custody where he will be assessed by mental health professionals.

Armed police had been stationed outside the property since Sunday, when the siege first began.

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His son, who is believed to have been physically unharmed, is now with other family members.




The footage captures the entirety of the police operation, from when armed officers first entered the property to the man being removed after close to five days holed up inside the property.

The video shows police forcing their way in through the front window of the property and photos of the house this morning show that a window at the back of the property has also been broken.

Supt Ronan Tyrer, of Coventry Police, said: “This has been an incredibly sensitive and challenging siege, which had a boy aged eight, at its heart.

“His safety was our main concern throughout this and so I’m sure everyone in Coventry shares in our relief that we have been able to get him safely out of the house today.

“The situation became untenable and it was decided to bring the siege to an end.

“At all times, we had to balance the risk to the boy being kept in the house, with the risk that he could be harmed if we did enter the house.

“Thankfully, he appears to be physically unharmed at this stage – but he is being properly cared for now to ensure he gets all the emotional and other support he needs.”

The stand-off saw police cordons in place on Earlsdon Avenue North, Newcombe Road and Poplar Road and residents living in these areas had to have police escorts to leave and enter their homes.

It also caused the closure of Earlsdon Primary School and a number of businesses, which have been allowed to reopen their doors today.




Supt Tyrer added: “We are incredibly thankful for the way that the community in Earlsdon have supported us. We know it’s been drawn-out, tough and frustrating, but we have done our best to help you through this.

“I’d like to thank the firearms officers, negotiators, neighbourhood and other officers who have worked day and night to protect this boy, and the public.”

One resident, who asked not to be named, spoke to CoventryLive reporter Morgan Johnson this morning, saying: “I’m glad it’s all over.

“Police have done a great job [and] thank God for the safety of others.”

A number of police officers remain outside the property today.

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