Police cordon off York flat after man ‘brandished a hammer and made threats to kill’

Lindsey Avenue, York. Photograph © Google Street View
2 Apr 2020 @ 12.42 pm
| Crime

Police cordoned off part of a York street after reports of a man threatening members of the public and brandishing a hammer.

Officers were called to a property in Lindsey Avenue at about 6.30pm yesterday (Wednesday, 1 April). When they arrived the suspect went into a flat and refused to come out.

A police cordon was put in place to protect the public.

Specialist police negotiators went to the scene and spoke to the suspect, who continued to make threats towards himself and others.

Just before midnight, he came out and was arrested by police, on suspicion of affray and threats to kill.

‘A very worrying incident’

Two young children were in the property at the time of the incident, and during the subsequent stand-off – police have taken steps to ensure they are cared for and safeguarded.

The suspect, 43, remains in police custody at this time.

A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said:

  • This was no doubt a very worrying incident for the local community.

    Officers from the local Neighbourhood Policing Team will be in the area today carrying out house-to-house enquiries, and residents are invited to speak to them with any concerns.