Police surround house in Devizes after attempt is made to stab officer (From The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald)
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Police surround house in Devizes after attempt is made to stab officer
12:00pm Thursday 9th August 2012 in News
Police were involved in a three-and-a-half-hour stand-off in Devizes after an attempt was made to stab a police officer.
Officers went to the detached house in Brickley Lane, which had been separated into flats, shortly before 8pm on Thursday to arrest a man suspected of breaching a restraining order. The man had barricaded himself in the flat so PC Adam Hall went to an open window and engaged the suspect in conversation, putting his hands on the window sill.
While he was doing this, it is alleged that the man produced a kitchen knife and attempted to stab PC Hall in the hand. The officer managed to pull his hand away but the knife nicked the back of his glove.
Officers were withdrawn to a safe distance, other residents in the flats were evacuated for safety and all traffic movements along Brickley Lane were stopped.
Then began the stand-off with a police negotiator brought in.
Inspector Ron Peach of Devizes police said: “His movements continued to be monitored inside the house for some time and a police negotiator attended while other officers contained the incident, making sure that no one else was at risk.”
Eventually, at 11.22pm, police entered the property after the man was thought to have fallen asleep.
Police said they had arrested a 37-year-old local man who was charged with assault on a police officer in the execution of his duty and breach of a restraining order. Although he appeared before magistrates the following day, police are not releasing his name as he is thought to have mental health issues.
He was remanded in custody until his next appearance before Salisbury magistrates on August 18.
Neighbours said they were amazed at the number of officers who attended Thursday night’s incident.
Phil Blake said: “We had half the Wiltshire force turn out. At one stage I counted 13 cars, also dogs, riot shields and two armed cops.”
Lindsey Smith said: “We wanted to go shopping but couldn’t get out. But the police were very good and let us through. One said, you shouldn’t be a prisoner in your own home.
“We’ve had trouble with that chap before, but nothing like this.”
A mum of small children, who asked not to be named, said: “You can’t help but feel sorry for him, but when you’ve got young children it is a bit worrying.”