Siege ends with Taser

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A FA­THER who al­legedly held his two-year-old twin daugh­ters in an armed siege at a flat has been ar­rested.

The 38-year-old man, who was thought to have a firearm, was Tasered by armed of­fi­cers be­fore he was de­tained at the prop­erty in Kidling­ton, Oxon.

Of­fi­cers were called the scene at 3.40am yes­ter­day morn­ing af­ter re­ceiv­ing a call from the man’s es­tranged part­ner, who man­aged to flee.

One of the girls left the prop­erty at 9.45am and the sec­ond child left shortly af­ter 11.30am.

A po­lice spokesman said: “Thames Val­ley Po­lice can con­firm that the armed in­ci­dent in Kidling­ton has now con­cluded.

“The 38-year-old man in­side the prop­erty was de­tained by of­fi­cers at the scene at 3.37pm af­ter he ex­ited the prop­erty.

“Of­fi­cers did de­ploy and dis­charge a Taser de­vice in or­der to gain the man’s com­pli­ance. He has now been taken into cus­tody.”

Up to six of­fi­cers in full pro­tec­tive gear en­tered the house to se­cure the re­lease of the sec­ond girl be­fore she was car­ried out by four of­fi­cers.

Po­lice said that dur­ing the siege of­fi­cers were in “reg­u­lar com­mu­ni­ca­tion” with the man, who is es­tranged from the girls’ mother and does not live at the ad­dress.


Armed of­fi­cers were de­ployed at the prop­erty for more than 12 hours and a cor­don was placed around the house

It was re­ported that up to 50 of­fi­cers were deal­ing with the in­ci­dent.

Thames Val­ley Po­lice ex­tended the cor­don around the prop­erty by 100 yards in all di­rec­tions as a “pre­cau­tion­ary” mea­sure.

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