Markham Tower in Mile Cross sealed off by armed police officers after hoax call

21:18 29 June 2012

Police sealed off the road at around 8pm.

Police sealed off the road at around 8pm.

Archant Norfolk Photographic © 2011

Armed officers surrounded a tower block in Mile Cross, Norwich, this evening after receiving a hoax call.

A man who allegedly made threats in a phone call to police was arrested.

Officers sealed off Markham Tower in Bowers Avenue after the call was made, with no one in living in the flats allowed to leave.

Richard O’Neill, 37, who lives in the flats, said: “I was trying to get out to Asda, but couldn’t.

“One of the officers knocked on my door and was asking me if I had heard anything. They had reports that a shot had been fired.”

The cordons were lifted by 9pm.

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