Father arrested after twin girls 'armed siege'

  • 9 July 2013
  • From the section Oxford
Media captionUp to 50 police officers have been involved in the operation

A man has been arrested after an armed siege in which his twin two-year-old daughters were held in a flat.

Police said the girls' mother called officers to the flat in Kidlington, Oxfordshire, at about 03:30 BST having escaped from the property herself.

The girls were released unharmed a few hours before the 38-year-old man was Tasered by police and arrested.

The area around the flat in Morton Avenue was cordoned off to "maintain the safety of the public", police said.

'Estranged' father

Thames Valley Police said the man, who was believed to be in possession of a firearm, had not asked for anything in return for the girls' release and had made no threat to them.

Police said he had been in regular communication with armed officers outside the building and one of the girls was released at about 09:45.

The second girl was released shortly after 11:30.

The man is believed to be estranged from the girls' mother and does not live at the address.

Oxfordshire County Council said a children's social care worker attended the scene to assess the children when they were released and said the girls were being cared for by family members.

Les Holstead, a resident of Morton Avenue, said: "We were told to stay indoors for our own safety as it was an armed incident.

"It's normally a quiet, peaceful area."

Up to 50 police officers have been involved in the operation and a cordon around the property was extended by 100 yards (90m).

A section of Moreton Avenue remained closed into the afternoon. Other roads affected include Yarnton Road and Moreton Close.

A statement from Kidlington Neighbourhood Policing Team said: "We strongly advise you to avoid the roads in and around Morton Avenue as there will not be any access."

The county council said its emergency planning team had arranged for a reception centre at Exeter Hall in the town to be opened for affected residents in need of accommodation while the cordon was in place.

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