Man arrested after 13-hour stand-off with armed police
RESIDENTS have told how armed police talked a wanted man out of a tense 13-hour stand-off on a canal boat.
A 41-year-old was arrested at around 5.30am yesterday following the incident at the stretch of canal off Town Street, Sandiacre.
Police vehicles and ambulances descended on the stretch of canal on Wednesday night and the police helicopter was also scrambled.
The operation began after the man was spotted on a small blue boat moored near to the Plough Inn on Wednesday afternoon.
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A young mother of two, who lives on Brookstreet Mews, overlooking the rear of the Plough, said: "When it started we shut the children out of the front room. You just don't want to take any chances."
Negotiators were brought in and the man walked off the boat just before 5.30am.
The woman added: "We could hear the negotiations. The police were asking Wayne to come out and speak to them and telling him he would be treated well."
A Derbyshire Police spokesman said the armed response was a precaution as officers believed he may have had a weapon, although none was found.
Town Street resident John Taylor, 68, said he saw the siege begin at around 4.30pm on Wednesday.
He said: "Suddenly the pub car park was full of police. I saw them with guns lying down under the trees near the canal. They got about half a dozen people out of the pub at the start and then this morning it was all over.
"I'm pleased it's over and done with and we can get back to normal."
Occupants of the Plough declined to comment yesterday morning.
A Derbyshire Police spokeswoman said: "No shots were fired and no one was injured. No weapon was found on the boat. We would like to thank the management of the Plough Inn for their co-operation and the public for their understanding."
The arrested man is believed to be Wayne Green, who was wanted by both Notts and Derbyshire Police. The Post understands he has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act.