Man quizzed after armed siege

ARMED police laid siege to a house in Colchester yesterday after reports of a man holding a mother and her three-month-old toddler hostage at gunpoint.

ARMED police laid siege to a house in Colchester yesterday after reports of a man holding a mother and her three-month-old toddler hostage at gunpoint.

Officers sealed off the area around Chapel Street North as the three-hour town centre drama began to unfold.

Neighbours reported screams coming from the end-of-terrace upstairs flat around 12.30pm, but these soon became louder and more persistent.

Police arrived at the scene and were later seen aiming guns at the property.


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When they tried to negotiate with the man – believed to be in his early 20s – the "domestic" situation deteriorated, according to Chief Insp Iain Logan.

At that point, he said, the woman began screaming again and officers were ordered in.

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He said: "My men managed to force entry and secure the woman and baby. The woman was in a distressed and shocked state.

"They were taken to Colchester General Hospital, but they were not injured.

"Officers also found a man in the building."

The woman and her baby daughter are believed to come from the Jaywick area.

Last night, police revealed a ball-bearing gun and a number of knives had been recovered from the address.

A next-door neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: "A lot of us all heard what was going on and just supposed it was a domestic – we didn't know whether to get involved or not.

"Then the police arrived with their guns and told me to keep away from my window. At that point, I thought there's no way I want to be a hero here.

"It was all over pretty quickly once they arrived."

A Colchester man in his early 20s was last night under arrest.

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