Granny praises police in armed incident

Police sealed off Withington Street on Wednesday. SG230414-118TW
Police sealed off Withington Street on Wednesday. SG230414-118TW
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A granny has praised police for their handling of a reported domestic incident that saw 20 officers – some armed with rifles – sealing off her street for ten hours.

The resident of Withington Street, Sutton Bridge, opened her curtains at 7.30am on Wednesday and saw a police dog van outside.

She said: “I didn’t know what was going on until I saw a lot of policemen outside – they sealed off the road at the top end and the bottom end.”

The granny, who asked not to be named, said officers were escorting mums and children safely out of the street as they walked to school.

She was allowed to leave for work alone, but police escorted her back to her home at 1pm.

“I felt really scared to go back to my street because I didn’t know what was going to happen down there,” she said. “I haven’t seen anything like this before and I was praying for no one to get hurt. You expect this in London but not in Sutton Bridge.”

While she was at work, the granny followed the drama on this newspaper’s website – – and then heard it had ended peacefully when there was a knock on her door at around 2pm.

She said: “The police knocked all our doors to check we were all right.

“I am very proud of them and I think they handled it all very well.”

• The incident ended without any arrests.