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Siege in Holder

By johnboy - 1 May 2010 40

[First filed: Apr 29, 2010 @ 16:07]

Police in Holder

The shiny new ACT Policing website is silent on the subject but ABC radio reports there’s a siege underway on Dickson Drive in Holder.

If your kids can’t get home on the buses they will apparently be kept for you at Canberra College.

UPDATED: “fgzk” has sent in the above photo along with these thoughts:

The area is very calm. I talked to another local walking the dog his only statement was that “they oughta gas him out, none of this waiting just gas Im ” The police are well organised and even from a distance reek of profesionalism. I was the only spectator so I left. I would say its a waiting game now.

In the comments we also have unfounded scuttlebutt that the barricaded man has some sort of improvised explosive using gas bottles.

Police have also put a statement online.

My condolences to everyone stuck in a college hall tonight. I hope it’s well heated.

FURTHER UPDATE: The ABC brings word that the siege ended around 1am this morning.

A man apparently in his sixties [Turns out 75], walking with a cane, walked out and was taken away for a chat with police. Apparently there was a family dispute of some sort. TV news reports last night seemed to indicate a government agency had been involved.

No update yet on the AFP’s shiny new website.

Another Update: The AFP have now provided a media statement. The site has not yet been made safe and residents are unable to return to their homes.

One more update for the road: The Canberra Times brings word that one Erwin Klinger has been charged with threatening to damage property. He’s been remanded in custody.

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Siege in Holder
Morgannn 9:00 pm 29 Apr 10

Foo, thats what canberra connect told me at about 5 this afternoon.

Special G 8:36 pm 29 Apr 10

Foo said :

Morgannn, I’m in Weston and not evacuated, and there’s a steady stream of cars up and down the street. What makes you think “pretty much the whole of weston has been evacuated”?

Obviously you weren’t paying attention or didn’t get the memo. Get out now before it’s too late.

Nothing to see here move along now.

DJ 8:24 pm 29 Apr 10

Morgannn said :

Pretty much the whole of weston has been evacuated, part of holder and duffy is closed ( the streets closest to dixon drive.

And anyone trying to get in is taken to Canberra College in phillip.

Where has any media, or anybody at all, reported this?

sumarai 8:23 pm 29 Apr 10

details are now on the ACT Policing web site…the southern end of Dixon drive is blocked:

“Police have established an exclusion zone around the area. The exclusion zone includes the southern end of Dixon Drive to Hindmarsh Drive, the southern end of Burrinjuck Crescent, Kallara Close, Wuruma Place, Weingarth Street, Sheaffe Street, Eve Street and Percival Street.”

sumarai 8:16 pm 29 Apr 10

I’m just down the road near blackwood tce. No-one has knocked on my door. found out about this via this site,then the news.

Spideydog 7:18 pm 29 Apr 10

Foo said :

Morgannn, I’m in Weston and not evacuated, and there’s a steady stream of cars up and down the street. What makes you think “pretty much the whole of weston has been evacuated”?

Oh bugger, you didn’t get the memo …….

buzz819 7:12 pm 29 Apr 10

http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/siege-underway-in-holder-canberra/story-e6frfku0-1225860309479

POLICE are negotiating with a man at a south Canberra residence where a siege is underway following reports of threats involving explosive materials.

The man has barricaded himself in a house in the suburb of Holder while police have blocked off access to the area.

Police were called to the address at 11am (AEST) today and say the siege is ongoing.

A special response team is on the scene where negotiations with the man are continuing, ACT Police said.

It is understood the man is alone in the house.

Police say they are treating the incident as serious due to the possible threat of explosive materials at the residence.

“Around 11am today police were called to attend a residence on Dixon Drive, Holder where a man has barricaded himself inside a house,” police said in a statement.

“Police have established an exclusion zone around the area.”

“All unaccompanied children are being cared for by police and emergency services until their parents or guardians are able to pick them up.”

Tooks 7:09 pm 29 Apr 10

Morgannn said :

Pretty much the whole of weston has been evacuated, part of holder and duffy is closed ( the streets closest to dixon drive.

And anyone trying to get in is taken to Canberra College in phillip.

Actually, I’m pretty sure none of Weston is evacuated.

steveu 6:55 pm 29 Apr 10
hellspice 6:23 pm 29 Apr 10

Foo said :

Morgannn, I’m in Weston and not evacuated, and there’s a steady stream of cars up and down the street. What makes you think “pretty much the whole of weston has been evacuated”?

yeah i drove past on the way home and made it, still they seem to have a big setup. The coffee tent is up anyway. The rumour mill in the street tells me that a person is in the house with heaps of gas bottles ready to blow up. No loud bangs as of yet.

Fiona 6:02 pm 29 Apr 10

It’s just that few streets mentioned by 666’s twitter… the holder shops are fine on that side, just around cnr weingarth/dixon up to burrunjuck/dixon and a few surrounding sts.

Thought for a bit there the exclusion zone was going to widen, and we’d be sent home from work at the old Holder primary, but no, not quite that far!

Foo 5:53 pm 29 Apr 10

Morgannn, I’m in Weston and not evacuated, and there’s a steady stream of cars up and down the street. What makes you think “pretty much the whole of weston has been evacuated”?

BimboGeek 5:31 pm 29 Apr 10

If you’re not near a radio they’re talking about it at http://www.abc.net.au/canberra/includes/winstream.asx

Morgannn 4:50 pm 29 Apr 10

Pretty much the whole of weston has been evacuated, part of holder and duffy is closed ( the streets closest to dixon drive.

And anyone trying to get in is taken to Canberra College in phillip.

Funky1 4:37 pm 29 Apr 10

Latest of ABC Radio site:

4:29pm Traffic: roads closed in Holder and Duffy . Dixon Drive near Hindmarsh, Sheaffe, Eve, Percival Streets, Kallara Cl and Burrinjuck nr Dixon

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