Knife man arrested after eight hour siege

Scenesetter of Landsdowne Road''w111002b    Picture: Ceri Oakes
Scenesetter of Landsdowne Road''w111002b Picture: Ceri Oakes

A KNIFE-wielding man was arrested this morning following an eight hour stand-off with a team of 12 police officers.

Officers were called to a house on Landsdowne Road on the old Creamery site at 11.30pm on Sunday after getting reports of a “domestic related incident”.

Police said the 29 year-old man was threatening to use the knife on himself and there was also a woman inside the house, who had called for police help, and a two year-old child.

When officers arrived the woman and tot managed to get out of the house safely but the man refused to leave the property.

Specially trained police negotiators were scrambled from Scarborough and York and were backed up by the fire arms units and local officers from Whitby.

An ambulance was also placed on stand-by.

The house, which is on a new development in the town, was contained and eventually negotiators convinced the man to give himself up just after 7am.

He was arrested shortly afterwards for a public order offence.

Insp Mark Grange from Whitby Police couldn’t say at this stage what had sparked the incident.

He added: “Basically the siege ended just after 7am. He came to the front door and came out talking to officers and was uninjured.

“It was a long protracted containment but there were no injuries, that is the main thing.”