Sparkbrook siege ends in Birmingham - police update on how it finished

West Midlands Police has issued an update on how the siege in Sparkbrook, Birmingham, was brought to a conclusion
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Police have announced that the siege in Sparkbrook, Birmingham, has been brought to a safe end in the early hours of today (Wednesday, September 27) after officers forced their way into a property where a man had barricaded himself in since Monday night.

Specialist firearms officers moved in just after 2am and detained the 31-year-old man; he is now being taken into custody where he will be assessed by mental health professionals.

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A man in his 60s, who had left the building on Monday night, was treated in hospital for injuries to his head, which are not believed to be serious.

Superintendent Alison Hurst, from Birmingham Police, said: “We are thankful that this incident has ended safely, I am sure everyone in the local area shares in our relief.

"We are incredibly thankful for the way that the community in Sparkbrook – particularly the residents of Osborn Road – have supported us.

"I’d like to thank the firearms officers, negotiators, neighbourhood and other officers who have worked day and night to bring this to a safe conclusion.”

Armed police have surrounded a property at Osborn Road, Sparkbrook in Birmingham after a man barricaded himself insideArmed police have surrounded a property at Osborn Road, Sparkbrook in Birmingham after a man barricaded himself inside
Armed police have surrounded a property at Osborn Road, Sparkbrook in Birmingham after a man barricaded himself inside
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Witnesses said yetserday (Tue) they heard a row before seeing a man with blood pouring from his head running from the house.

The road was cordoned off and residents were evacuated from their homes as negotiators remained at the scene throughout the day and evening.

Dramatic photos showed armed officers training their firearms at the property before they eventually bought the siege to a safe conclusion.

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