Man detained after alert that closed primary school and saw police swarm on Norfolk village
PUBLISHED: 08:57 12 December 2018 | UPDATED: 10:26 13 December 2018
A man in his 30s has been arrested by police following an incident that saw firearms officers and trained negotiators called to a quiet street in a South Norfolk village.
Police were called to School Road in Tivetshall St Margaret at around 10pm on Tuesday night following concerns for the safety of a man who had locked himself in a property.
This morning the man, who was in a distressed state, remained in the property and a large police presence was still on the scene.
Tivetshall St Margaret Primary, which is close to the property where the incident was taking place, was closed as a precaution but was not involved in the incident.
Following lengthy negotiations, officers entered the property and the man was detained and remains in police custody where further assessments will take place.
Leading on the incident, Chief Inspector Kris Barnard said: “The area around the property was cordoned off for the safety of all involved, including local residents.
“Specialist police resources worked throughout the day to bring this matter to a safe conclusion and I would like to thank people nearby for their patience and understanding.”
A number of police units including response, firearms officers and trained negotiators attended the scene.
Local residents who were first aware of the incident when emergency services descended on normally quiet street in the sleepy village.
Margaret Cooper, 75, who lives in School Road, said she was awake at around 1am to let the dogs out when she heard a lot of commotion: “There was a lot of police activity and I went out to see what was happening but was told to go back indoors. It’s pretty shocking. I have never seen so much police activity in the village.
“School Road is just a quiet street with a few houses that used to be council houses.”