Hawkesley road closed overnight due to police incident

Police negotiators assist vulnerable man in crisis to safe conclusion

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Police on scene Edgewood Road, Kings Norton, Birmingham 2/8/18 | ©snappersk

A Kings Norton road was closed overnight while expert police negotiators assisted a vulnerable man in crisis.

West Midlands Police officers were called to a report of a man, believed to be in his 60s, threatening to harm himself at an address in Hawkesley, at 12.40am this morning (Thursday 2nd August).

When officers gained entry to the home to assist the man they were threatened with a knife and a metal bar. Officers withdrew and police negotiators spent the night talking to him to try to resolve the stand-off.

Chief inspector Jack Hadley tweeted this morning: “Currently managing an incident in Hawkseley where a male in crisis is having difficulties. Our professional negotiators are slowly trying to build his trust to allow us to give him the help he needs.”

Edgewood Road was closed near Hawkesley Community Centre while the situation was ongoing.

The incident was finally safely brought to a close at around 11am when officers managed to take the man to receive support.

Ch Insp Hadley tweeted: “Thankfully after almost 12 hours of negotiation the vulnerable male has been successfully secured and is enroute to the police station where he can get the help he needs.”

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