Man 'with gun' who threatened to harm himself in Stevenage Old Town flat hands himself in to police following seven-hour standoff

PUBLISHED: 12:10 19 February 2017 | UPDATED: 15:15 20 February 2017

A man who claimed to have a gun and threatened to harm himself in Stevenage Old Town has now handed himself in to police following a six-hour standoff.

A man who claimed to have a gun and threatened to harm himself in Stevenage Old Town has now handed himself in to police following a six-hour standoff.

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A man who claimed to have a gun and threatened to harm himself in Stevenage Old Town has now handed himself in to police following a seven-hour standoff.

There was a heavy police presence in Gates Way starting at 3.51am this morning, when the man – in one of the flats – reportedly threatened to harm himself.

Police negotatiors were despatched to speak to the man by phone and calm the situation, with the road closed in the meantime – and at about 11.20am he handed himself in to officers, who detained him under the Mental Health Act. He was taken to hospital.

A police spokeswoman said in a statement: “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.

“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.

“As it was believed the man may have had a gun in his possession, police firearms officers are on the scene. Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue and the ambulance service are also on the scene and no-one has been injured.

“The man was inside a flat within a residential block of flats in Gates Way. The immediate vicinity around the flat is cordoned off for emergency services to deal with the incident.

“Road closures currently remain in place on Gates Way and the junction with Lytton Way and at Ditchmore Lane.”

Officers are now investigating. The spokeswoman said they had found no gun, but had seized a knife.

One eyewitness told the Comet of ‘very high police and ambulance activity’ at Gates Way, with another adding that there was ‘police everywhere’.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or crimestoppers-uk.org.

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