Man jailed after 17-hour armed police siege where a pyrotechnic device was hurled at officers

Luke Stilwell, 40, threw a pyrotechnic device from a window at police

Before Luke Stilwell was arrested, he threw fireworks from his window and threatened police

A man has been jailed for four years and given an extended licence of four years for assaulting emergency workers, affray, possession of an imitation firearm and production of cannabis.

Luke Stilwell, 40, was arrested at his Turnock Gardens home in West Wick after he barricaded himself inside the property and threw a pyrotechnic device from the window at police officers.

The 17-hour siege happened between 11 am on Tuesday, January 25 and 4 am on Wednesday, January 26 and, caused a small number of neighbouring properties in Weston-super-Mare to be evacuated while a cordon was put in place as a precaution.

An Avon and Somerset Police spokesperson said: “Specialist officers including negotiators and armed officers, then worked with other emergency services to bring the incident to a safe conclusion with Stilwellleaving his property at 4am.”

Adding that Mr Stilwell admitted to affray, possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, nine counts of assaulting an emergency worker and the production of cannabis.

The statement continues: “When sentencing on Thursday 9 June His Honour Judge James Patrick said Stilwell’s actions were more than public servants should have to put up with.

“During the incident, Stilwell shone a laser device at the officers’ eyes and one officer’s hearing was affected after the pyrotechnic device went off next to them. Thankfully we’re not aware of any officer suffering lasting injury.”

Bristol Post

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