Stand-off with Swanscombe suicide threat woman ends after 12 hours

PUBLISHED: 17:41 16 December 2010

Police attempt to stop a woman commiting suicide in Trebble Road, Swanscombe

Police attempt to stop a woman commiting suicide in Trebble Road, Swanscombe


A woman who was threatening suicide and barricaded herself in her home for more than 12 hours has been taken into police custody.

The tense stand-off with police at the 31-year-old’s home in Trebble Road, Swanscombe, finally ended when police forced entry on Thursday afternoon as negotiations came to a halt.

Police arrived a the scene at around 11pm the night before after receiving a call from a passer-by expressing concern for the welfare of the woman inside.

She had a knife and was threatening to harm herself so police negotiators were called. After a period where there had been no interaction with the woman, public order trained officers forced entry to the house via the back door.

The woman was uninjured inside. She was arrested for breach of the peace and taken into police custody at North Kent Police Station, in Coldharbour Road, Northfleet, where she will be medically assessed.

Superintendent Ian Hall said: “We resolved the incident and brought the woman safely from the premises without injury.

“Our aim throughout was to bring the incident to a safe and peaceful conclusion. It meant some disruption to the local area and I would like to thank the community for their patience and understanding.

“The need to allow people to go about their daily business was important but the overriding aim was the safety of the woman involved and I feel we achieved this.”

Neighbourhood officers are now in the area speaking with residents and offering reassurance.

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