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Man spared jail over armed siege hoax in Chelmsley Wood

A HOAX caller whose actions led to an armed siege at a block of flats in Chelmsley Wood has been slapped with a suspended sentence.

A HOAX caller whose actions led to an armed siege at a block of flats in Chelmsley Wood has been slapped with a suspended sentence.

Raymond Thomas, 43, of Allesley Park, Coventry, pleaded guilty to wasting police time after making a call claiming his ex-partner Sandra Jordan was being held at gunpoint by her son Simon, sparking the evacuation of the towerblock.

A court had heard that Thomas made the call because he believed Simon had sold his £40 computer game at Cash Converters.

Ms Jordan, aged 62, was oblivious to the drama unfolding outside, as she sat watching Emmerdale on TV in her flat.

It was only when the grandmother-of-twelve opened her front door that she noticed that gun-toting police officers were swarming outside her home - Westham House, off Forth Drive.

The three-hour stand-off, on April 7 this year, finally came to an end at around 9am in the morning.

At the time, neighbours told the Solihull News of their shock at seeing armed officers descend on the 14-storey building.

Last week, Solihull Magistrates handed Thomas a 28 day prison sentence, suspended for a year.

The defendant was also ordered to take part in unspecified probation service activities and to pay £85 costs.

 

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