March 11 2014 Latest news:
Alex Hurrell, Reporter
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Armed police surrounded a Cromer bungalow for three-and-a-half hours today in a stand-off which has just led to an arrest.
The incident, at Brownshill, off the Roughton Road, ended peacefully at 3.50pm when a man in his 40s was arrested at another property in Cromer.
Police say they were called to a domestic incident in Brownshill at about 10.45am. There were reports of a male inside making threats. No-one else was believed to be in the bungalow.
Residents of the quiet Brownshill estate were shocked when up to 10 police vehicles, including armed response cars and dog vans, swooped into their road at about 10.40am.
Police barred pedestrians and cars from entering the area around number 23, the right-hand half of a semi-detached bungalow.
At about 1pm police activity intensified, a police siren sounded and a message rang out twice: “This is the police. Come to the front door with your hands in the air.”
Some 15 minutes later two armed officers walked towards the property, protected by a shield.
They returned to their colleagues within a minute and advanced a second time shortly afterwards. The female officer in front was pointing a Taser-style gun at the bungalow. The pair retreated again and at about 1.30pm five armed officers advanced together, shouting when they reached the bungalow’s front door which was obscured by a grass bank.
The officers went inside and searched the property and emerged about 20 minutes later.
Most police vehicles then left the road and residents were allowed to return to their homes at about 1.50pm. Police then searched the surrounding area.
Many residents had spent the time gathered on the pavement, watching the police activity.
Melanie and John Seton, who live at 22 Brownshill, in the other half of the target bungalow, said they had noticed the police vehicles heading towards Brownshill when they left to take their nine-year-old son Jack to football training in North Walsham.
While at the ground a friend had texted them with the news that their neighbour’s property was surrounded.
The couple and their son took refuge in a neighbour’s home which was outside the police cordon.
It is believed that the resident of number 23 is a grandmother in her 40s.