December 12 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Neighbours have described a tense 13-hour stand-off between police and a man allegedly threatening to set himself on fire.
Officers were called to Nursery Terrace cul-de-sac, in Great Yarmouth, at around 7.40pm last night, following concerns for the safety of a man in his 30s.
A trained police negotiator spoke to the man, who was in his house, through the night in a bid to get him to surrender peacefully.
Neighbouring homes were evacuated, Northgate Street was closed to traffic and emergency vehicles lined the road - including riot vans, an incident control unit, the police dog unit and several ambulance cars.
And at around 9am this morning the man walked out of the house.
A spokesman for Norfolk police said he has been taken to Northgate Hospital mental health unit to be assessed.
A neighbour, who heard shouting last night, claimed the man had covered himself in a flammable liquid.
“He said ‘I will set light to it if you come anywhere near my door’,” she explained.
The man, who was indoors, had been shouting to police from a first floor window.
The neighbour said she saw the man had walked out of the house peacefully when she got back from doing the school run.
She said officers took items out of the address after the man left, adding: “They did bring lots of parcels and bags out of his house.”
A second woman, who did not want to be named, said she noticed activity from 8.15pm last night.
She had gone to take her dog for a walk but police would not allow her into the road.
“There was only one police van in Nursery Terrace, but they removed it as it was upsetting the chap,” she said. “There were lots on Northgate Street.
“There were all sorts - fire. ambulances, the riot squad.
“They did evacuate some houses, and I think they went to stay with relatives.”
She said the man lived alone and had a dog, but added he saw his daughters every other week - when his ex brought them to visit.
He moved into the address around Christmas 2012, she said.
“There were police to stop anyone coming over and a crowd of people came here,” she said. “They asked everyone to go indoors.
“My son works night shifts and wasn’t allowed to go to work.
“There wasn’t too much going on here but a lot of shouting.
“There was a trained negotiator in Nursery Terrace trying to get him to come down.
“It seemed under control. I was just worried about the old lady next door.
“I was up until 11.45pm and they kept chatting to him to calm him down.
“They kept chatting to him through the night.”
The man had an allotment off Tar Works Road, and a friend who also has an allotment there said: “He’s been through a lot in his life.
“The police wouldn’t let me speak to him last night.”
A Norfolk police spokesman said: “A man in his 30s from Nursery Terrace, Great Yarmouth, has been taken to Northgate Hospital to be assessed following an overnight incident.
“Officers from Norfolk Constabulary were contacted at 7.40pm yesterday evening (Wednesday) to raise concerns for the safety of the man.
“Upon attendance, he was seen and heard from inside the property, threatening to harm himself.
“Officers continued to speak to the man inside throughout the night and at 9am this morning (Thursday), he left the property.
“Northgate Street was closed between Beaconsfield Road and Apollo Walk while the incident was ongoing and two families from neighbouring properties were evacuated overnight to ensure their safety.”
A fire service spokesman confirmed three appliances from Great Yarmouth assisted police over the course of the night, with the first arriving at 8.08pm yesterday and the last one leaving at 9.13am today.