Businesses are facing a ‘stressful situation’ as they remain shut due to the Earlsdon siege.

One popular cafe inside the police cordon has issued a statement as they remain closed today (January 12) – saying there is ‘nothing they can do’ but wait and hope for a peaceful outcome.

O’Tooles is a popular Irish cafe, famed for their Irish breakfasts and freshly baked goods.

The Westwood Road spot has remained closed as a result of the ongoing police operation in Earlsdon, which is in its fourth day.

READ LIVE UPDATES ON THE EARLSDON SIEGE HERE

The cafe posted on their public Facebook page this morning: “I am sure you are now all aware that the police incident is still ongoing, which means we are still unable to open.

“This is such a stressful situation for all of the small business involved but there is little, actually nothing, we can do but wait and pray for a good outcome.

“Will post daily and thank you for your continued understanding.”

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Schools, businesses and local people have all spoken of their shock at the ongoing armed siege in Earlsdon.

Taylors Butchers, which is located nearby in Newcombe Road, has remained closed for a second day due to the ongoing stand-off.

The store was not due to open anyway on Monday but it has been closed yesterday and today.

Owner Stuart Taylor said the business was planning to do deliveries to regular customers today and for as long as the situation continues.

Mr Taylor announced the ongoing closure and home delivery plan in a tweet.

He also said that orders would be limited to help people get through the week/weekend.



O’Tooles Cafe in Earlsdon

Coventry charity Langar Aid has also delivered fresh food to residents, police staff and journalists at the cordon.

Reporter Morgan Johnson said from the scene: “Bags of food are being delivered to those living within the main cordon.

“There were four carrier bags full of food.”

This afternoon Superintendent Ronan Tyrer of West Midlands Police delivered a statement at the scene of the stand-off.

“The policing incident in Coventry, we’re trying to conclude as swiftly as possible,” he said.

“However, the safety of everyone concerned is of primary importance.

“And so, it would be inappropriate for me to comment on how long this incident is going to take to conclude safely.”

Police say the man has ‘barricaded’ himself inside his ground floor flat at a property in Earlsdon Avenue North and that he is believed to be armed.

Armed police and negotiators are outside the property and are continuing to speak to the man to try and coax him out and bring the situation to a safe end.

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