Businesses that were stuck behind the police cordon of Earlsdon’s five-day armed siege have spoken of their relief that the stand-off is over.
Last night (January 13), armed police stormed a home where a man had barricaded himself in with his eight-year-old son.
The 41-year-old man had refused to leave the property in Earlsdon since the early hours of Sunday morning – and, as the siege threatened to go into a sixth day, police said the situation had become ‘untenable’.
A 41-year-old man is now in custody where he is being assessed by mental health professionals
Now, businesses and residents in Earlsdon can get back to their normal lives after a dramatic and disruptive five days.
Residents within the inner cordon could only leave their homes by police escort, but now they can come and go as they please.
O’Tooles Cafe, a popular spot on Westwood Road, wrote on their public Facebook page: “It seems we are back in business!!! So so thankful to the police who have tried to help the community where they can. So glad this is resolved with no loss of life. See you all in the morning.”
Speaking to CoventryLive reporter Morgan Johnson today (January 14), Stuart Taylor from Taylors Butchers said: “I witnessed it last night and to have no one injured and everyone safe is a great result. It’s nice to be back open again, got the shutters up blue skies out there so we can’t really complain now. Let’s get life back to normal and it’s good for the residents to get their lives back to normal out there as well.”
The team at Taylor’s Butchers were delivering to customers while they were shut. Stuart said: “The last two days we’ve been doing deliveries, no where near the volume that we’d normally be doing with our trade but we did what we could.”
Coventry MP Zarah Sultana has praised the resilience of local businesses, particularly O’Tooles Cafe and Taylors Butchers.
She said: “I know the cafe and the butchers have been deeply impacted and lots of people who haven’t been able to get to work.
“They have shown so much patience and resilience with this situation, actually just helping and providing food to the police and residents here.
“Whatever help they need, however I can help, I am very keen to do so.
“I am sure they are going to need a lot of people to come in when this situation is peacefully resolved.
“So I encourage everyone to go to the butchers, to go to O’Toole’s.”
Earlsdon Primary School, which was also inside the cordon and had remained shut since Monday, wrote: “We are delighted that we will be welcoming pupils back to school tomorrow. We look forward to seeing you all for a great day of learning with your classmates.”
Police and forensics teams remain at the siege house today as the police operation continues.
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