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Siege twins' father held by police

A man who held his two-year-old twin daughters in an armed siege at a flat has been arrested, police said.

The 38-year-old man, who was believed to be in possession of a firearm, was Tasered by armed officers before he was detained at the property in Morton Avenue, in Kidlington, Oxfordshire, Thames Valley Police said.

Officers were called the scene at about 3.40am after receiving a call from the man's estranged partner, who managed to flee the property. One of the girls was released at about 9.45am and the second child left the address shortly after 11.30am, police said.

A police spokesman said: "Thames Valley Police can confirm that the armed incident in Kidlington has now concluded. The 38-year-old man inside the property in Morton Avenue was detained by officers at the scene at 3.37pm after he exited the property.

"Officers did deploy and discharge a Taser device in order to gain the man's compliance. He has now been taken into custody."

Up to six officers in full protective gear entered the property to secure the release of the second girl before she was carried out by four officers, the Oxford Mail reported.

Police said that during the siege officers were in "regular communication" with the man, who is estranged from the girls' mother and does not live at the address.

Armed officers were deployed at the property for more than 12 hours and a cordon was placed around the property. It was reported that up to 50 officers were dealing with the incident.

Thames Valley Police extended the cordon around the property by 100 yards in all directions as a "precautionary" measure.

Police area commander Superintendent Christian Bunt told the Oxford Mail that police were contacted by a woman, believed to be the man's estranged partner, who managed to flee the address in the early hours of the morning.


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