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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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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