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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-11-20

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Armed containment incident in Birkenhead

ON Wednesday, 18 January 2017, at around 8.10am, a 25 year old, from Prenton was arrested following an armed containment, at a house, on Raffles Road, Birkenhead. We are told that Merseyside Police Officers attended an address on Raffles Road to execute a warrant in relation to an ongoing investigation into cannabis cultivation. When officers arrived they were threatened by a male, from within the house, who we are told was in possession of a number of weapons. The man is said to have barricaded himself into a room, that had an 8 month old baby in it. The Armed Police Officers who were in attendance and put containment in place, around the property, to ensure the safety of those in the house and neighbours. Specialist negotiators then attended at the scene to persuade the man to come out. We are told by Merseyside Police that at around 2.20pm, the male came out and was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon, affray and drug related offences. The 8 month old baby who was also in the property at the time of the incident was then taken from the house and is both safe and well. The male was then taken to a Police Station for questioning by Police Detectives. A search of the property led to number of weapons being recovered, including a crossbow and a machete. Merseyside Police said:- "Officers would like to thank residents for their patience and understanding throughout this incident. Officers would also like to thank the media for their co-operation and support while sensitive negotiations were ongoing to ensure the safety of the baby, the arrested man and officers who were in attendance during the incident."


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