A road was closed yesterday as police were in a stand-off with a householder…Who had a bomb? A gun? A pack of killer dogs? Sharks with frickin' laser beams on their head?
… who threw a television out of his window.Oh. Right.
Well, yes, if one landed on your foot, it could be painful, certainly.
How many did he have to throw? Certainly, it seems, enough to keep a heck of a lot of police at bay.
Cordons were put in place at Birch Hall Avenue, Darwen, at the junction with Wyre Crescent after police were called to a domestic incident. A man was throwing items through the window, as his partner fled the address.
Police negotiators and officers wearing riot gear and shields were at the scene as the 28-year-old man was asked to come down from his first-floor flat.
Police were called at 2.30pm yesterday and several police vehicles and an ambulance were at the scene until after 5pm.Good grief! The police are unrepentant, and in full ‘better safe than sorry!’ mode:
Chief Inspector Damian Kitchen said: “At around 2.30pm police were called to reports of a domestic incident at an address in Birch Hall Avenue in Darwen. Officers attended and were confronted with a man throwing items from the window of the first-floor flat and a cordon was put in place.
“Due to concerns for his welfare, police negotiators were sent to the scene in an attempt to bring the incident to a safe conclusion.
“Shortly after 5pm, specially trained officers entered the property and the man was detained without further incident. A 28-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and affray.
“We realise that this incident will have caused some disruption in the area and I would like to thank people for their patience.”Ah, an irritating habit picked up from London Underground. You can really only thank people for ‘their patience’ when they have a choice.
But they don’t. You close the road, and they have to put up with it, regardless.