Armed police in stand-off with father who refuses to come out of home with eight-year-old son

UK

A house in Coventry has been cordoned off by police since early on Sunday amid concerns for the welfare of a man and his eight-year-old son.

It is understood the man has been refusing to come out of the property and a stand-off involving armed police and other specially trained officers continues in the Earlsdon area of the city.

West Midlands Police said in a statement: “A cordon remains in place around a house in Earlsdon Avenue North, Coventry, this morning where a man has been refusing to come out since the early hours of yesterday morning.

An armed police officer outside a property in Earlsdon Avenue North, Coventry, where police remain in a stand-off with a man. Officers from West Midlands Police were called to the property on Sunday to carry out a welfare check on a man and child, who are both believed to still be inside the property. Picture date: Monday January 10, 2022.
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An armed police officer outside the property in Earlsdon Avenue North

“The 41-year-old has his eight-year-old son with him and there are some concerns for their safety.

“Several officers, including armed police and other specially trained officers, are at the scene to bring the incident to a safe conclusion.

“Unfortunately, residents, businesses, a school and travel are severely disrupted by the cordon.

“We’re sorry for the inconvenience, but our priority is the safety of those involved.”

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Armed police officers outside a property in Earlsdon Avenue North, Coventry, where police remain in a stand-off with a man. Officers from West Midlands Police were called to the property on Sunday to carry out a welfare check on a man and child, who are both believed to still be inside the property. Picture date: Monday January 10, 2022.
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The cordon has caused disruption in the neighbourhood

People are being urged to avoid the area after several road closures were put in place.

A library at the junction of Earlsdon Avenue North and Albany Road has been opened for residents and officers to use.

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