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Pensioner charged over 40-hour armed stand-off with police

The stand-off lasted for 40-hours Credit: ITV News Meridian

Police have charged a Sussex man following a 40-hour stand-off in Pagham.

Terry Bridger, 72, of Harbour Road, Pagham, has been charged with threats to kill, possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, common assault and two counts of threatening to damage property.

Armed police had surrounded the property in Harbour Road at around 4.10pm, on Sunday 28th August, after receiving reports the pensioner had a gun and was using threatening behaviour. A woman, known to the man, left the house safely after police arrival.

The stand-off ended safely on Tuesday morning.

Bridger has been remanded in custody and will appear before Portsmouth Crown Court on Friday 30th September.

Police thank community for patience during stand-off

Sussex Police has thanked people in Pagham for their patience and understanding during a 40-hour stand-off which caused 'considerable disruption' for local people.

A 72-year-old man has been arrested after the lengthy operation, which ended peacefully this morning.

It began at a house on Harbour Road just after 4pm on Sunday.

Specially-trained officers negotiated with the pensioner, before he walked out of the house this morning.

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UPDATE: Armed siege in Pagham ends peacefully and safely

Armed police at the scene in Pagham Credit: PA

A 40-hour stand off involving a 72-year-old man old man refusing to leave his house in Pagham, near Bognor Regis, ended safely just after 8.45am.

Armed police surrounded the property in Harbour Road, after receiving reports at around 4.10pm on Sunday that the pensioner had a gun and was using threatening behaviour.

Ambulance and fire services were called forward on Tuesday morning as the man threatened to set fire to the house, but at 8.42am he told police that he was leaving the property and a few minutes later, he left, closing the door behind him.

He was arrested on suspicion of threats to kill and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

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"This was a long, complex and challenging negotiation, but I am delighted to say that it has ended peacefully and safely as this was always our absolute priority. I also pay tribute to all the police officers and staff involved for their professionalism and determination to resolve this safely."

– Acting Assistant Chief Constable Steve Whitton

Negotiations continue with armed pensioner


Police have spent a second night negotiating with a 72-year-old man who remains inside a house in Harbour Road, Pagham.

Emergency services were first called to the property at around 4.10pm on Sunday to a report of threatening behaviour. A woman known to the man was also in the house at the time, but she left shortly after police arrival and is safe and well.

The man, who is on his own and believed to have a gun, continues to communicate with trained police negotiators.

Chief Superintendent Neil Honnor said: "I appreciate this must be a little disconcerting and frustrating for local residents having a continued large police presence outside their homes.

"The safety of the local community is paramount and we are doing all we can to resolve this ongoing incident in a controlled way.

"The road closure and cordons remain in place but residents are still free to come and go as and when they need to with police support."

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