Gardaí avert disaster in Laois stand-off

Gardaí avert disaster in Laois stand-off
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Gardaí have managed to end a four-hour stand-off in Co Laois.

The armed Regional Support Unit (RSU) broke down the front door of a house in Mountmellick after responding to calls of an agitated man there at 11.20am.

A 34-year-old man, originally from Dublin, had barricaded himself into the house.

The Gardaí evacuated neighbouring houses and diverted traffic as they spent a number of hours at the scene.

At around 3.15pm gardaí broke down the door and subdued the man before taking him away by ambulance shortly before 4pm.

Superintendent Yvonne Lundon said: "There was a single male occupant of this house who was under stress and dealing with us in an agitated manner."

"We deployed an RSU team to the scene, secured garda hostage negotiators and we have an on-scene commander appointed to the scene as well. As you can see as a consequence of our deployment of those resources we brought it to a successful conclusion."

"The man was on his own in the house and he was in a rather agitated state so we had to at all times be sure of his safety, that was our primary concern."

"He's unharmed and he is now receiving medical treatment. He is not under arrest," she added.

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