police siege ends in Burnham-On-Sea
dramatic armed police siege at a property in Burnham-On-Sea has
ended this evening (Tuesday, December 8th) following a huge search
for a missing man.
were initially called to a home in Rectory Road on Monday night
after a 54 year-old man went missing.
huge search operation took place across the area during Tuesday
using helicopters, Coastguards, lifeboats and volunteers from
BARB and the RNLI.
police eventually traced the man, named by police as Robin Graham,
to another property in Rectory Road at around 3.15pm this afternoon,
man apparently did not want to give himself up, however, and this
prompted a police stand-off during which armed officers cordoned
off the road and surrounding area.
a siege lasting several hours, the incident finally came to an
end at around 6pm when the man was seen being taken out of a property
to a waiting ambulance. See
online video from the scene here.
spokesman Simon Whitby confirmed to Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Police,
some armed, surrounded the building for several hours while a
trained negotiator persuaded the man to give himself up. He
was taken to Weston General Hospital for a medical check up. It
was a long, protracted and delicate operation."
had been searching for the missing man since around 11pm on Monday
and issued an appeal, in which they named Mr Graham, earlier on
Tuesday, as reported here.
photos show the scene in Rectory Road this evening and, below,
rescue teams searching for the man earlier in the day.
volunteers and Coastguards searching for the missing man along
the River Brue on Tuesday afternoon
RNLI lifeboats were launched in the search for the missing man