A MAN who held two children hostage inside a house before falling ill has regained consciousness.
When police forced their way into the Newhall property to retrieve the children they found the man unresponsive, and he was taken to Burton’s Queen’s Hospital.
The 24-year-old awoke yesterday, said a police spokesman, but he remains in a critical condition and is expected to stay in the intensive care unit for at least another 24 hours.
The spokesman confirmed that once the man has fully recovered, he will be arrested over the incident.
It is still unclear how the man came to be unconscious, but the police spokesman said officers had been asked to search the property (pictured) in Oversetts Road for empty medicine bottles.
The incident, reported by the Mail yesterday, took place on Tuesday night and continued into the early hours on Wednesday.
Police were called at 10.20pm, accompanied by dogs and armed with Tasers.
The man locked himself inside the property with the children, who are believed to be two and seven.
Police were outside the house for hours before the children were finally returned to their mother.
One witness said: “I was woken up at about half past 12 and heard the police shouting.
“The police had to put the door through with a battering ram and had dog units parked up the road.
“About half an hour later they were carrying a bloke out on a stretcher.”