Man arrested by police after stand-off at flat in Southsea

Police at the scene of the stand-off in Southsea
Police at the scene of the stand-off in Southsea

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A MAN was arrested after a stand-off with police in Southsea last night.

Police were sent to Alhambra Road to deal with a man in a ‘vulnerable, distressed condition’.

Nearby residents said they saw him leaning out of the window of his third-floor flat shouting abuse at people in the street.

The top of the street, pictured, was cordoned off while officers spent most of the evening trying to calm him down.

Stuart Anderson, who lives in nearby Alhambra Court, was travelling home from work on his bike when he saw the road had been blocked off.

‘I wasn’t able to get home and I had to stop at the end of my road,’ he said.

‘A policeman was there and he said you can’t get into the road because something is happening. I could see the man and hear him. I couldn’t really understand what he was saying.’

A Hampshire police spokesman said: ‘We can confirm police officers went to Alhambra Road in Southsea in response to a report of a man in a vulnerable distressed condition.

‘Police closed Alhambra Road as specialist officers negotiated with the man.

‘The situation was resolved by police without any harm to local residents and Alhambra Road reopened.

‘We’d like to thank members of the public for their understanding and co-operation.

‘A man aged in his 30s was arrested on suspicion of a public order offence. He is currently in police custody.’