Awards for emergency services response to Bedford siege
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Emergency services who brought an armed siege in Bedford to a safe conclusion after a 12-hour standoff have been handed awards by Bedfordshire Police.
Dozens of police officers and staff members, paramedics and firefighters were recognised for their efforts during the incident at the Bury Court block of flats in Bedford in November last year.
Two men initially held a takeaway delivery driver hostage before entering into a 12-hour standoff with police.
A police vehicle was shot at with an air rifle while paint was also thrown over several police and other vehicles before both men eventually handed themselves in to officers.
A special awards ceremony was held at Bedfordshire Police’s headquarters in Kempston last night (Monday) recognising the work of all those who responded.
Those recognised ranged from Bedfordshire Police call handlers and patrol officers who were first on the scene through to armed police officers as well as specialist police negotiators who played a crucial part in talking the men out of their flat.
Bedfordshire Police Chief Constable Trevor Rodenhurst, who presented the awards last night, said: “Nothing short of extraordinary work by the police and our partners brought this shocking incident to a safe conclusion for all parties.
“We were on the scene and inside those flats within 15 minutes of the first call coming into us about a man armed with a gun in the corridor.
“What followed was a swift evacuation of the flats to get people to safety, as well as a painstaking, considered negotiation for hours to ensure the suspects safely handed themselves in.
“I am immensely proud of our response to this incident and last night’s ceremony was a fitting reward for these outstanding efforts.”