Coventry Police negotiators 'continue to engage' with the man barricaded in the Earlsdon property with his eight-year-old son - The Coventry Observer

17th Aug, 2022

Coventry Police negotiators 'continue to engage' with the man barricaded in the Earlsdon property with his eight-year-old son

Tristan Harris 11th Jan, 2022 Updated: 11th Jan, 2022

COVENTRY Police say they are ‘continuing to engage’ with the 41-year-old man barricaded in the Earlsdon property with his eight-year-old son as the third day of the stand-off comes to an end.

Officers are also continuing to speak to residents affected by the disruption and are constantly looking at the best way to enable them to have access to and from their homes.

Picture by Marcus Mingins

Coventry Police said: “Once again we thank them for their patience while we deal with this dynamic situation.”

Armed police officers and trained negotiators were called to the property in Earlsdon Avenue North at 12.20am on Sunday morning amidst concerns for the welfare of the man and have been there since.

The impact on the surrounding streets continues with several businesses and a school remaining closed or restricted.

West Midlands Police said their officers continued to visit each address within the outer cordon to update residents and offer support and reassurance, as well as answering any questions they may have.

Residents within the inner cordon have been advised how to contact the force to leave or access their homes.

The Earlsdon Library rest centre facility has now closed.

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People who the police have said cannot return to their property and have nowhere else to stay can call the Homeless Service on 02476 834025 or  02476 832222 after 5pm.

Earlsdon Primary School will remain closed for a third day tomorrow (Wednesday) on the advice of West Midlands Police.

The school said learning would be carried out from home, apologised for any inconvenience caused and urged parents to get in touch if they needed any help.

Coventry Commander, Ch Supt Pete Henrick said earlier today to residents: “We apologise for the continued disruption to everyone within the cordon surrounding Earlsdon Avenue North, but our priority remains the safety of those involved.

“Your patience is appreciated and we will continue to update you as the situation develops.”

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