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Coventry stand-off: Talks with ‘armed’ father enter third day as he remains inside house with eight-year-old son

Talks with a man who is believed to be armed are continuing into a third day as he remains inside a house with his eight-year-old son, police have said.

The stand-off began after a concern for welfare check at the property by officers in the Earlsdon area of Coventry shortly after midnight on Sunday.

Armed officers have been seen pointing their weapons at the house which is behind a police cordon.

It is understood the 41-year-old father is refusing to come out of the property.

Coventry Police Commander Chief Superintendent Pete Henrick said the force is doing everything it can to bring the stand-off to a “safe conclusion”.

West Midlands Police said in a statement at around midnight on Tuesday: “A 41-year-old man is believed to be armed with weapons and has his eight-year-old son with him.

“Our priority is the safety of those involved which includes residents who live within the cordon’s perimeter.”

One resident, who lives 10 doors down from the property, told Sky News about 20 armed police arrived at the scene at 8am on Monday morning.

He added that neighbours had been told by officers to remain in their homes where possible but to ask for an escort through the cordon if they needed to go to the shops or work.

People are being urged to avoid the area after several road closures were put in place.

A library at the junction of Earlsdon Avenue North and Albany Road has been opened for residents and officers to use.

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