Police called to incident on Rawson Street in Harrogate

17 July 2014

Police were called to an incident in Rawson Street, Harrogate at around 9am on Thursday 17 July 2014. The incident involved a distressed man in his fifties who was throwing objects from the first floor of a flat.

Officers attended the address along with colleagues from the fire and rescue service and ambulance service.

A cordon was placed around the property to allow the police to deal with the incident safely and to protect members of the public.
Police negotiators were also called to the scene to help resolve the incident.

The incident concluded at around 12pm when the man came out of the premises through a window on the stairwell. He was not physically injured but was taken to hospital for a mental health assessment.

Police officers have seized a crossbow which was thrown from the window of the premises.

Officers have thanked members of the public who were inconvenienced during the incident, for their patience and understanding while they dealt with the situation.

The incident caused confusion for parents who were due to attend a sport days at Bilton Grange Primary.

The headteacher, Mrs Judith Ratcliffe took the decision to cancel the event and then, after take police advice, agreed it should go ahead.

The police confirmed that there was no risk to the school at any point.



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