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Newhall children in house siege drama

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 07, 2014

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A MAN held two children hostage for hours inside a house in an armed stand-off.

Police said the 24-year-old refused to hand over the children to their mother and was threatening to harm himself.

Officers were alerted to the drama in Oversetts Road, Newhall, at 10.20pm on Tuesday, and the incident continued into the early hours of yesterday.

Patrol cars flooded the street. Officers were accompanied by dogs and armed with Tasers.

A spokesman for Derbyshire Police said: "We received various reports that a man had locked himself inside a house with children and was threatening to self-harm.

"As the incident progressed the man fell ill and police had to force their way into the property."

Police said they found the suspect unconscious inside the house and their Tasers did not have to be discharged.

The children, believed to be aged two and seven, were unharmed and have now been returned to their mother.

One resident who lives nearby said: "I was woken up at about half past 12 and just heard the police shouting: 'It's the police, we've got Tasers and if anybody moves we'll use them'.

"The next thing I knew, about half an hour later they were carrying a bloke out on a stretcher and the kids were being taken to their mum.

"They had to put the door through with a battering ram and they had loads of dog units parked up the road.

"There was at least five police cars, an ambulance and an awful lot of officers outside."

Another person who saw the incident said: "He threw a woman out of the house and kept the kids hostage.

"There were so many police officers outside I struggled to get into my home.

"Eventually one of them walked me through all of it to my front door.

"There were police officers and dogs everywhere. It was crazy."

It is currently unclear how the suspect became unconscious.

He was taken to Queen's Hospital in Burton, where he remained unconscious and in a critical condition as the Mail went to press.

Police were unable to arrest him because he was unconscious when they found him.

Another witness said: "We see police driving up and down this road all the time, but it's usually for things to do with youths causing trouble.

"I've never seen anything like this before.

"It's quite worrying when you see it happening on your doorstep – it makes you realise that these things can happen to you."

Anybody with any information about the incident is urged to call Derbyshire Police on the non-emergency 101 number.

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  • bograt1  |  August 07 2014, 9:51PM

    What about the siege at 26 bridge close in 2009 that was attended by more police than swad could muster (gary and akkers sister) moved in by prominant local hero…that you where in my house at knocking my door for solice for his wife and no reporting of it not even a conviction…he had headbutted fishtank and smashed his house up and was in toilet with knife….you even checked my bathroom for dimensions etc so TELL THE TRUTH YOU LYERS….

  • bograt1  |  August 07 2014, 7:34PM

    just the start……………and still u carry silly silly people...… http://tinyurl.com/m9ncpno

  • bograt1  |  August 07 2014, 7:24PM

    was the woman forced to sleep with loadsa different men to create such a flop…karmas comin kidda n no tazers needed

  • bograt1  |  August 07 2014, 7:18PM

    another flannel story…hows mick shotton LYER

  • bograt1  |  August 07 2014, 7:16PM


  • moonshine39  |  August 07 2014, 12:02PM

    Sadly this is the way journalists work they will do anything for a story instead of being briefed by the Police over the incident that way the rest of the neighbourhood is left in peace. If the Police want information from the Public they will be the first to ask for help and no doubt the Burton Mail can be involved.

  • shaunknighton  |  August 07 2014, 9:38AM

    This was a terrilble ordeal, especially for the children and mother. But what does not help is the Burton Mail knocking on peoples door including mine with their reporters saying 'Hi there, I am making a report on the incident lastnight with the drugs bust'. Burton Mail your tactics are awfull, you knew to well that it was not a drugs bust, you made this statement to my partner in the hope she would say what actually did happen, but instead you were told to remove yourself of my property and have some respect for the family that have been affected. If you feel that you need information then the police will tell you everything that you NEED to know, so leave the public alone.

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