Update: Father with firearms was holding his two daughters in Kidlington; one now released. Also an audio interview with Supt Christian Bunt

Oxford Mail: Armed police in Morton Avenue, Kidlington. Copyright: Newsquest Oxfordshire Armed police in Morton Avenue, Kidlington. Copyright: Newsquest Oxfordshire

TWIN two-year-old girls were being held by their father following a domestic dispute at a house in Kidlington, police have confirmed this morning.

Armed police have cordoned off a home in Morton Avenue in the village and are negotiating with the man, who is believed to be 38-year-olds.

One of the girls was released by the her father at about 9.45am but the other remains inside the property, Superintendent Christian Bunt has said this morning.

He added that the man had firearms but there was no indication he was going to hurt his daughter, he added.

A police spokesman said: "Thames Valley Police was called at 3.40am to an address in Morton Avenue to reports that a 38-year-old man was holding twin two-year-old girls at the property.

"The man is believed to be the father of the children, but is estranged from the mother and does not live at that address.

"The man has been in regular communication with the police and one girl was released at around 9.45am.

"Officers are continuing to speak to the man who is still inside the property with the other child.
A cordon was placed around the property and armed officers deployed."

 

Oxford Mail:

  • Christian Bunt talks about the incident where a man was holding his twin daughters in a house in Kidlington

Mr Bunt added: “It is believed the man is armed, although no indication has been given that he wishes to harm the children.

“We are doing all we can and our officers are determined to bring this situation to a close as soon as is possible.”

Up to 50 police officers are involved, Mr Bunt added.

The girl who has been released is currently with officers but will be reunited with her mother.

  • If you have any information or photos of today's incident, please call our Newsdesk on 01865 425500 or email us.

 

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