Armed police in day-long stand-off with man who refused to leave house in Coventry following concerns for his welfare
- Police including armed officers surrounding house in Earlsdon, Coventry
- West Midlands Police were called at 12.20am this morning to complete welfare check on man and child
- Man has refused to leave house and the child is still thought to be inside
- Large area spanning multiple streets cordoned off by police and residents told to stay in their homes
Armed police are surrounding a house in a day-long stand-off with a man who is refusing to leave a property in Coventry following concerns for his welfare.
The house, in Earlsdon, Coventry, has been surrounded by officers since around 12.20am this morning when police came to do a welfare check on the man and a child.
West Midlands Police said the man is still refusing to leave the home and the child is thought to be inside.
Specialist officers including armed police were sent to the scene after the man would not leave the home.
Ambulance incident response units have also been seen in the area on standby and a large area spanning multiple streets has been cordoned off by police.
Residents were told to stay in their homes by officers but some could not get back into the road earlier today.
According to West Midlands Police, the man is refusing to leave the home and the child is still thought to be inside. Pictured: An armed officer outside the house
CoventryLive earlier reported that there were between 10 and 20 armed officers at the scene, who gathered at around 3.15pm.
Speaking to CoventryLive, one resident said: ‘I had not noticed anything until around noon when I opened our blinds and saw about four or five police cars and a van.
‘At that time there was only one armed officer, but over the course of the next three or four hours the presence of armed police slowly increased to the point that now there’s between 10 and 20 armed officers here.’
The house, in Earlsdon, West Midlands, has been surrounded by officers since around 12.20am this morning. Pictured: An officer on the road in Earlsdon, Coventry
Another wrote that they were locked in their house and another person said police had not let them leave their home.
A spokesperson for West Midlands Police said: ‘We went to conduct a safe and well check on a man and a child at an address in Earlsdon Avenue North, Coventry, just before 12.20am this morning (January 9).
‘A man inside the property is refusing to come out. Specialist resources have been called and officers remain at the scene this afternoon.
‘The road is sealed off while officers deal with the situation.’
Pictured: Police at the scene in Earlsdon, West Midlands, this evening
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