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Man arrested over siege - Newtown

Sunday, 25 June 2017 07:48:13 PM

A man has been arrested following a siege at Newtown today.

About 9.15m (Sunday 25 June 2017), police were called to a home on Church Street, following reports a man was inside the premises.

Officers from Newtown Local Area Command attended and located the man inside, who refused to come out.

The man climbed from a second storey balcony on to the roof and started to throw roof tiles and other material at the attending police, damaging a number of vehicles.

A significant number of police resources were called to the location including general duties, criminal investigation, proactive crime team, rescue unit, dog unit and negotiators.

Following a lengthy operation shortly before 5pm, police negotiators were able to affect the arrest of the man after he climbed from the roof.

A large amount of damage was occasioned to the building and surrounding premises that were struck by the tiles thrown from the roof.

The 38-year-old man was taken to Royal Prince Alfred for assessment.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.