Elderly Woman Held Hostage

A man's been arrested on suspicion of false imprisonment after an elderly woman was held hostage for more than 28 hours in Oldbury.

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Elderly woman's neighbour describes how police were in his garden

"They didn't tell me they were going to come round the back, and I got up this morning and I looked through the window and the fence was lifted up, the panel to next door because they haven't got a gate on theirs at the back there they've only got a small one whereas I've got the taller one"

"The bird bath was knocked over and you can see where they were standing and observing and it looks like the footprints are all up there - they haven't done a lot of damage I can soon put it right"

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Police arrest the son of elderly woman on suspicion of false imprisonment

"I can confirm this was a domestic incident, it was a mother and son. Mum, the elderly lady has been taken off to hospital - no significant injuries to mum at all she's just being checked out...

I'd like to thank the community and the residents for their patients and we're now going to carry out an investigation and we're going to get back to you later in the day when we've got more detail."

Assistant Chief Constable Sharon Rowe, West Midlands Police

Police confirm siege in Oldbury has ended

Police have confirmed the man came out of the house shortly after 11.00am. He was arrested on suspicion of false imprisonment.

The woman is being assessed by medical professionals at the scene but she is not believed to be seriously injured.

Speaking after the incident came to an end, Assistant Chief Constable Sharon Rowe said,

"I would like to thank the local community for their patience and understanding whilst we worked to bring this to a peaceful conclusion."

– Assistant Chief Constable Sharon Rowe, West Midlands Police

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Latest statement from police about armed siege in Oldbury

"We received a call yesterday morning at 7am to say that a 79 year old woman is being prevented from leaving her home by a 40 year old man who has a knife.

"This is an extremely sensitive and complex incident and trained negotiators, in partnership with medical professionals, are working around the clock to try to resolve the incident peacefully.

"I understand the impact that a situation like this can have on the local community and have no doubt many people are concerned by the events unfolding here.

"I would like to thank the local community for their patience and assure them that no other people have been placed in danger.

– Assistant Chief Constable Sharon Rowe, West Midlands Police
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