Police attacked in flats siege

The man barricaded himself inside his Inchcolm Court flat. Picture: Phil Wilkinson
The man barricaded himself inside his Inchcolm Court flat. Picture: Phil Wilkinson
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OBJECTS were hurled at police from the top floor of a high-rise block of flats during a tense stand-off.

It is understood a man barricaded himself inside the property at Inchcolm Court, in West Pilton, before throwing items out of the window.

Armed officersstood guard outside the property. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

Armed officersstood guard outside the property. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

A police car had its windscreen smashed by a piece of wood, while the ground nearby was strewn with items from the house.

Residents reported seeing armed police on the top-floor gantry, while a large area around the flat was cordoned off.

Crockery and glass shattered on the ground below, while the lone occupant was heard singing and shouting.

A television, a dish rack and a chair also appeared to have been thrown.

Two police vehicles were damaged. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

Two police vehicles were damaged. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

Onlookers were then left stunned as the man attempted to push a couch through the window, but found the gap too small.

They also told how he was demanding food from Harry Ramsden’s and McDonald’s.

Mother-of-two Nicole Manwell, 22, who lives nearby, said police had been forced to move their cordon back after two of their cars had been damaged.

She said: “I heard the police trying to get up the stairs, and I saw him throwing stuff out of the window. There were cupboard doors and mirrors and pots and pans aimed at the police car.

“I got a bit scared because I didn’t want to get hit.”

Police said they first responded to reports of a disturbance in Inchcolm Court at 3.15pm yesterday afternoon, with negotiations with the man going on into the night.

One neighbour said the man had issues with alcohol and had been involved in a similar incident two years ago.

A police spokesman said this morning: “A 44-year-old 
man was arrested following a disturbance at a property at Inchcolm Court on Tuesday, April 1.”

He said no-one else was involved in the incident.