Armed police end Harrogate crossbow siege

NADV 1407173AM1 Police Siege on Rawson Street. (1407173AM)1
NADV 1407173AM1 Police Siege on Rawson Street. (1407173AM)1

An armed police standoff with a man carrying a crossbow in Harrogate has ended after he jumped from a first floor window.

The man is his 50s, who had locked himself in a top-floor a flat, was not injured but has been taken to hospital for a mental health assessment.

A crossbow which was thrown from the window of the flat on Rawson Street has also been seized by police.

Armed officers were first called to Rawson Street shortly after 9am this morning to reports of a distressed man with a crossbow who was smashing windows and throwing items out.

Police cordoned off the surrounding streets while negotiators pleaded with him through a loudspeaker to come outside.

A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police said in a statement: “Officers attended the address along with colleagues from the fire and rescue service and ambulance service.

“A cordon was placed around the property to allow the police to deal with the incident safely and to protect members of the public.

“Police negotiators were also called to the scene to help resolve the incident.

“The incident concluded at around 12pm when the man came out of the premises through a window on the stairwell.”

Confirming that a crossbow which was thrown from the window of the premises, police added: “Officers have thanked members of the public who were inconvenienced during the incident, for their patience and understanding while they dealt with the situation.”