Neighbours tell of panic as siege on estate developed

Gravity Defyer POLICE were last night continuing to question a 36-year-old man arrested after a four-hour armed siege in Derby.

The suspect allegedly took a blind woman hostage in her Oakwood home and relatives rushed to the address to snatch two children to safety. Police officers used a Taser gun to stun the man and rescued the 38-year-old woman, who was taken to Royal Derby Hospital with minor injuries.

Neighbours have spoken of their shock after dozens of police – many of them armed – swarmed into Wilmslow Drive on Sunday night. Ashley Hunt, 22, who lives next door to the house, said his “heart was thumping” when he heard police had called in the firearms squad.  Two armed officers then came into his house to study the layout.

Mr Hunt said: “The first thing we knew of it was when we heard a massive bang, a scream and then shouting.  “After a short while police came flying down the road and pulled up outside the house. It was quite nerve-wracking.

“You think of your own safety but you also worry about the people involved. You just hope everyone is okay.  “I still can’t believe it. I’ve been in that house hundreds of times. “It was like something off the TV.”

Police said they were first called to the property when an alarm went off at about 8.40pm.   A spokeswoman said negotiators were also called in and a man was restrained using a Taser after a “short struggle”.

Neighbours said the woman moved to Oakwood a couple of years ago from Chaddesden and that she suffered from “tunnel vision”.

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