Northbourne Avenue Closed [But open now]

CanberraCreative 24 August 2010 1

Canberra Times brings us word that ACT Policing have closed Northbourne Avenue due to a domestic. Apparently someone is refusing to leave a home and negotiations are underway. No specifics yet.

[Ed – the story has since been updated to indicate the seven hour seige ended at 3.45am]

UPDATE: The Police media release is now up:

ACT Policing has arrested a 28-year-old Turner man after he barricaded himself within his Condamine Street unit overnight.

Police will allege they attended the unit around 8.45pm last night (Monday, August 23) in relation to a breach of a domestic violence order. The alleged offender refused to leave his unit, and negotiations commenced with ACT Policing’s Specialist Response and Security team.

About 3.45am this morning (Tuesday, August 24) the man safely exited the residence and surrendered himself to police without incident after extensive communication with police negotiators.

Throughout the incident, no residents in the surrounding area were evacuated.

The man was conveyed to the ACT Watch House and is expected to face the ACT Magistrates Court this morning.

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One Response to Northbourne Avenue Closed [But open now]
LarryBlaze LarryBlaze 11:24 am 24 Aug 10

I saw this first hand, it was pretty wild. The dude was screaming out the window of his flat that he was going to detonate a bomb if the police did not leave.

I was watching from the car park of the Rex hotel. I came back 90 min later and they had the place surrounded by heavily armed SWAT looking dudes with helmets, goggles, machine guns. The full kit!

From what I could see they had evacuated the building.

Wish I had a camera on me, never see this stuff go down in Canberra!

Good work on the police front for getting him out with out harming him or anyone else.

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