Armed police seal off street in Canterbury for four hours after rushing to scene over fears for woman inside house
- At least 12 officers swooped on the street near Canterbury city’s cathedral today
- They had their weapons aimed at building and shut down two other roads nearby
- Students at Canterbury College were reportedly advised to stay on their campus
Armed police today sealed off a road in Canterbury for four hours over fears for a woman in a house.
At least 12 officers swooped on the street near the city’s cathedral and a helicopter hovered overhead.
They had their weapons aimed at a building and shut down two other roads near the scene, reports say.
Students at the nearby Canterbury College were reportedly ordered to stay on the campus as a precautionary measure.
Witnesses claimed a man was seen being led from the house before being put in handcuffs, but police said no one has been arrested.
At least 12 officers swooped on the street near the city’s cathedral and a helicopter hovered overhead
Canterbury Christ Church University student Jack Whitlam, 20, told Kent Live: ‘There’s been two armed police officers standing at the end of the road pretty much the whole morning.
‘They were telling people to get back into their homes. There was loud banging, which was them knocking on the front door of the house – they battered it down with a big metal thing.
‘Someone was brought out and handcuffed – a man. He was brought behind a police car on his knees and then taken away by an officer.’
They had their weapons aimed at a building and shut down two other roads near the scene, reports say
A Kent Police spokesman said: ‘Kent Police was called at 11.15am on Wednesday 30 September 2020 to a report of concern for a woman at a property in Longport, Canterbury.
‘Officers, including armed officers and a police helicopter, attended the area due to concern that there may be a weapon present.
‘A woman was safely located and officers remain at the scene making enquiries. No weapons have been located at this time and there have been no arrests.’