Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 December 2014

Man charged after armed house siege

Armed police officers at the scene of a siege at a house in Norwich
Armed police officers at the scene of a siege at a house in Norwich

A 45-year-old man who was tasered by police at the end of a two-day armed siege has been charged with firearms offences, police said.

The stand-off at a home in Norwich ended after 32 hours of negotiations, a Norfolk Police spokesman said.

Police were called at 9am on Friday to reports of a man with a gun inside a property with a woman and another man.

Specialist firearm officers, dog handlers and police negotiators cordoned off an area around the house in Badger Road, Costessey, after a call was received from a concerned member of the public.

The incident was resolved at 5pm on Saturday when the occupants emerged one by one.

David Cawston was tasered when he emerged from the house to "effect a safe and secure arrest", a police spokesman said.

Officers charged Cawston, of Badger Road, with two counts of possession of an air weapon with intent to cause fear or violence.

He has been remanded in custody to appear before Norwich magistrates court on Monday morning.

Two other people, a woman and a man, both in their 40s, have been released on police bail pending further inquiries.

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