Man in hospital after two-hour stand-off with police and fire at Livingston flat

A man who was said to have barricaded himself inside a Livingston property, where firefighters were called to tackle a fire as a result of the disturbance, is now in hospital.

A spokesman for Police Scotland said the man was undergoing a medical assessment and enquiries are ongoing.

It follows a report of a disturbance and fire within a flat in Juniper Grove, Livingston, on Saturday. Emergency services attended including specialist negotiators.

A fire service spokesperson confirmed they sent three fire engines to the scene at around 6.30pm and that firefighters used a hose reel jet and breathing apparatus to put out the flames. The spokesperson said crews left the scene around 8.20pm.

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One resident, who witnessed the scene unfold, said the man barricaded himself inside the flat before a fire was started in at least one of the rooms, with smoke seen pouring out of the windows.

The resident said he also saw the man throwing objects - including parts of his sofa - from a window and shouting abuse at police officers. He believes this went on for about two hours before police went inside and removed the man.

Today, a spokesman for Police Scotland gave an update, following the incident. He said: “Around 6pm on Saturday, May 8, 2021, police received a report of a disturbance and subsequent fire within a flat in Juniper Grove, Livingston.


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Footage showed smoke coming from the flat in Livingston on Saturday night.

"Emergency services attended, including specialist negotiators, and the man was taken to hospital where he is undergoing a medical assessment. Enquiries are ongoing.”

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