Hoaxer who claimed to be holding hostage at gunpoint during seven-hour Stevenage standoff admits threatening to kill police officers

Two teenagers were arrested in Stevenage this morning on suspicion of stealing from vehicles.

Two teenagers were arrested in Stevenage this morning on suspicion of stealing from vehicles. - Credit: Archant

A hoaxer who holed up in his Stevenage flat for a seven-hour standoff with police, claiming to be holding a hostage at gunpoint, has today admitted a clutch of offences.

James Juvet, 35, called police round to his home in Gates Way at 3.50am on Sunday, February 19, threatening to harm himself.

Trained negotiators spent seven-and-a-half hours talking to him over the phone and trying to calm him, during which time he threatened to kill police officers and harm the fictitious hostage.

Armed police were sent to watch the flat – which was cordoned off, with roads in the vicinity closed.

When Juvet eventually left the flat, he was quickly detained and taken to hospital.

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His house was then searched and no hostage was found – though he have an imitation firearm.

A police spokeswoman said in a statement at the time: “Police were called following a report of concern for the welfare of a man. The man within the address was threatening to cause harm to himself.

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“Specially trained police negotiators were in contact with the man by phone during the incident and encouraged him out of the flat to safety at approximately 11.20am. He has now been detained.”

Appearing before Judge Stuart Bridge at Cambridge Crown Court this morning, Juvet pleaded guilty to possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, two counts of threats to kill against police officers, and malicious communications.

He is set to be sentenced at the same court during the week beginning April 24.

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