Cheshire police officer at centre of lengthy stand-off


Staff reporter (Chester First)

A CHESHIRE police officer was at the centre of a stand-off at a house following a disturbance.

The 39-year-old serving officer refused to leave the property in Prestatyn for more than five hours after reports of a disturbance yesterday morning.

North Wales Police were in a stand-off with the man from shortly after 9.30am and contained the address in Trevor Road until 3.30pm.

It was confirmed the man is a serving officer with Cheshire Police. Local police officers “contained” the address with the intention of protecting the public, then safely detaining the man. Specialist negotiators made contact with the man in order to resolve the matter peacefully and return the area to normality.

At about 3.30pm police successfully concluded the operation, as the man accompanied a family member to an undisclosed location. No one was injured during the incident.

Supt Pete Newton, who was in charge of the police response, said: “Supported by our partners in the North Wales Fire and Rescue Service and Welsh Ambulance Service, highly trained resources were quickly deployed to the scene and our objective of protecting the public, our staff and the house occupant has been achieved.

“I’m grateful to residents for their understanding and co-operation and I’m happy the area has returned to normality.”

See full story in the Chester Leader

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