West Midlands Police has issued guidance to people affected by the “deeply worrying” siege in Earlsdon.

A 41-year-old man is ‘believed to be armed with weapons’, police say, and has his eight-year-old son with him at a property in Earlsdon Avenue North.

The incident began shortly after midnight yesterday (January 9) and is now close to running through a second night.

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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.



Police firearms officers were still on Newcombe Road as night fell during the armed standoff in Earlsdon
Police firearms officers were still on Newcombe Road as night fell during the armed standoff in Earlsdon

Below is a list of addresses outside the cordon where the occupants’ movements are not restricted:

* From 123 Earlsdon Avenue North towards Highland and Kensington Road

* Westwood Road

* From 124 Newcombe Road towards Albany Road

* From 95 Earlsdon Avenue North towards City Arms

* Poplar Road



Armed police officer at the scene of the stand-off in Earlsdon Avenue North
Armed police officer at the scene of the stand-off in Earlsdon Avenue North

Officers have visited most addresses in the area in person to explain what they are doing and why and to offer reassurance and advice.

The library at the junction of Earlsdon Avenue North and Albany Road has opened for residents who wish to seek support.

Coventry Police Commander, Chief Superintendent Pete Henrick, said: “We understand that this situation is deeply worrying for some local residents and we want to reassure them that we are doing everything we can to bring it to a safe conclusion.

“I ask that people bear with us as specialist officers remain at the scene.”

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