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Peaceful end to 23 hour Kingaroy siege

Update

AFTER nearly 24 hours the siege in Kingaroy ended when the 40-year-old man willingly left the house around 9pm.

The man gave himself up to police negotiators and there were no incidents or injuries. 

He has been taken into police custody.  

Updated 4.00pm

IT'S been almost 18 hours and still the man holding siege to a Kingaroy home has made no demands to police.

Kingaroy CIB Detective Sergeant Dane Sheraton said the man was regularly communicating with specialised police negotiators and there was no threat to surrounding properties.

He dispelled rumours of gun shots and explosions and said the man was not in possession of a firearm.

"The situation is isolated and contained," Det. Sheraton said.

Updated 1.40pm

POLICE negotiators are again trying speak with the man locked down in a Kingaroy house.

Officers from the Special Emergency Response Unit are on the scene as the continues into its fifteenth hour.

BLOCKED FOR SAFETY: The SES is assisting police to keep the public away from the emergent area in Haly St.
BLOCKED FOR SAFETY: The SES is assisting police to keep the public away from the emergent area in Haly St. Barclay White

Updated 12.38pm

THE one-man siege keeping a residential street block in Kingaroy on high alert is continuing 13 hours after it began.

Police are trying to communicate over a megaphone with the man who has locked himself inside a Haly St home.

The situation on First Ave and Haly St remains tense as neighbours look on from their properties.

Residents are calm but concerned and hoping for a safe resolution.
 

Jai Hayden lives a few doors down from the besieged home and was shocked at the scene that confronted him at 6am when his partner left for work.

"There were coppers out the front  and all around," he said.

"You don't expect this in the morning when you wake up."

When First Ave resident Geoffrey Stapleton heard his dogs barking at 4am he didn't think much of it.

"I didn't see anything, I just heard commotion," he said.

Mr Stapleton went back to sleep without realising the seriousness of the situation he would face when he woke up this morning.

Emergency services are in place.
Emergency services are in place. Barclay White

Updated 9.30am

TENTS have been erected in at the scene of the Haly St siege and residents are being allowed to leave their homes to go to work.

A woman who lives on First Ave said she walked out of her house at 4.30am to find police blocking off the roundabouts.
 


Unmarked police cars and other emergency services were filling the street.

"It was the shock of my life," she said.

"Everybody's really shaken.

"It's not what you'd expect when you walk out at 4.30 to stretch your back and find a bloody siege and cop cars everywhere."

The siege continues.

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Special equipment has been brought in.
Special equipment has been brought in. Barclay White

 

Update 8.03am

POLICE declared an emergency situation in Haly St, Kingaroy, following an incident overnight when a man made threats at a house in Haly St.

Negotiators are at the scene but it is believed the man is alone in the house.

Haly St is closed between First Ave and Thorn St and the whole block to Alford St is in the declared area.

No evacuations have been ordered but police are asking motorists to avoid the area.

Officers were called to the Haly St home about 10pm last night and declared the situation emergent at 3.40am.

ALL QUIET: Residents on Haly St say things are quiet on the street despite the siege.
ALL QUIET: Residents on Haly St say things are quiet on the street despite the siege. Keagan Elder


Earlier

POLICE are at the scene of a siege on Haly St, Kingaroy, between First Avenue and Windsor Circle.

The road is closed.

More information to come.

 

South Burnett

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