Man in police stand-off cautioned

The scene in Billinge at the weekend
The scene in Billinge at the weekend

A MAN who brought the centre of Billinge to a standstill for several hours during a tense stand-off with police officers has been cautioned.

Officers from Merseyside Police attempted to arrest the 47-year-old on Saturday afternoon following an incident at a shop in which the store keeper was pushed and a customer threatened with a wine bottle.

However, when they arrived at his address on Beacon Road the man barricaded himself into the property and was abusive towards officers, threatening them from an upstairs window.

Several roads near the junctions of Beacon Road and Newton Road with Main Street were shut for several hours while officers talked to the man, who was under the influence of alcohol, and tried to calm him and persuade him to open the door.

When they finally forced entry into the property they found a number of items, including an axe, a knife and a screwdriver, hidden behind the door.

However, after arresting the man and questioning him in custody over the weekend Merseyside Police decided the incident did not warrant taking the man to court.

He was charged with affray and given a formal caution, which will remain on his police record.

The force said although some violence was used in the confrontation with the shopkeeper and the man displayed aggressive and agitated behaviour towards the customer and police officers his actions were not serious enough to justify a charge of assault.

No-one was injured in the incident, which began at around 3pm on Saturday.