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Mentally ill teen found

PUBLISHED: 15:54 08 October 2008 | UPDATED: 10:09 23 August 2010

ARMED police and negotiators coaxed a mentally ill teenager from his house after he vanished from a mental health unit. The 17-year-old was tracked down to an address in Elliot Street, Gravesend, after he was reported missing from a mental health unit wh

ARMED police and negotiators coaxed a mentally ill teenager from his house after he vanished from a mental health unit.

The 17-year-old was tracked down to an address in Elliot Street, Gravesend, after he was reported missing from a mental health unit where he had been a voluntary patient.

Officers closed the road and a negotiation team was sent into the housat about midday on Sunday.

A neighbour, who wished to remain anonymous, said: "They cordoned of the street and there was a fair number of police here. There were about six armed up with riot gear, about four or five without and about three police vehicles.

"There was a bottle smashed by one of the guys in the house who threw it at the police."

The young man left the house of his own accord at around 3.30pm and was taken into police custody.

Police say he'll be receiving further medical treatment for his condition.

Chief Inspector Mark Harrison, who was in charge of the incident, said: "Our aim was to minimise disruption to the local community and ensure the safety of the young man.

"I am sure the large police presence will have had an impact on some residents. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to them for their cooperation. Everyone was very helpful and very patient. I hope residents will understand that when we are dealing with an incident like this we must be prepared for any eventuality and by having the correct resources in place it allowed us to resolve the incident peacefully and without anyone coming to any harm.

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