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Armed incident in Kidlington where man was holding twin daughters in a house
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Oxfordshire County Council's social services have been involved today, it has just confirmed.
And it has set up a reception centre for any residents who need any assistance.
A spokesman said: "Oxfordshire County Council had a children's social care worker at the scene who immediately assessed the children when they were released.
"Following these assessments it was judged appropriate that the children should be cared for by family members.
"The man has now been arrested. As there is still a small cordon in place at the scene, the county council's emergency planning team has arranged for a reception centre at Exeter Hall, Kidlington, to be opened, in case any affected residents need accommodation until the cordon is lifted."
He's now been arrested and taken in to custody.
Police confirm man was tasered to "gain compliance"
Police confirm the man has been detained by officers at 3.37pm after leaving the property.
A taser device was discharged to "gain compliance" and he has been taken into custody.
Reports coming in that a man has just been led away from the property in handcuffs.
This is the moment the first girl was rescued by police
Police have confirmed the twins have been reunited with their mother
Update on the road closures from Thames Valley Police
Supt Christian Bunt said: “This measure is precautionary and proportionate to the information we have at this time.
“I am conscious of the impact that this incident is having on local residents and I would ask them to remain patient with us until this matter is resolved.
“The local neighbourhood policing team is carrying out patrols in the area and people should approach them and discuss any concerns they might have.”
The following is a list of the roads that are currently affected by the ongoing incident:
- Morton Avenue / Churchill Road – no access for a section of Morton Avenue along to Yarnton Road.
- No access to Morton Close.
- Closure and diversion at Yarnton Road / junction with Grovelands. No access along the Yarnton Road to the Oxford Road. Buses and vehicles will need to divert from the Yarnton Road into Grovelands.
- Diversion at Oxford Road, junction with Churchill Road (access to residents of Churchill Road only).
- Diversion at Oxford Road, junction with Yarnton road (access for residents of Yarnton Road only).
- Yarnton Road junction with Morton Avenue is closed.
It is still quiet at the scene. Keep with us for updates as and when they happen.
Police are enlarging the cordon, pushing it back so that it closes part of Yarnton Road. The fire service and a doctor have now arrived.
Danielle Peake has told us that West Kidlington Primary School would not allow the children in the playground initially but have been allowed back out now. Some parents went and collected their children, she added.
That team of officers are now stood by their Land Rover with weapons facing a property. They have a police dog with them.
There's another group of two armed officers stood behind a police car about 20 yards on from the Land Rover but in front of the property.
They ran with her and we assume that she was then driven away in a car that was seen reversing moments later by our reporter, to safety
Further details on the release of the girl from our reporter was that a Police Land Rover arrived in Morton Avenue with up to six officers in full protective equipment, shields, airearms, black helmets with black visors, at about 11.30am. They immediately went into the property. The girl was then carried out sideways by four officers all around her.
An ambulance is on the scene in Yarnton Road standing by as a precatuion
We understand the man is still inside the house.
One neighbour told our reporter the mother and twins live in a one-bedroom flat.
"I used to see the mother walking with the two twins, who are absolutely adorable," she said. "She would be taking them to playgroup or nursery."
The second girl has just been brought out by four armed officers, our reporter at the scene says
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."
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.
There are up to 50 officers are on duty
We also have an audio interview with Superintendent Christian Bunt outlining what has happened