Firearms negotiators are currently in the fourth day of talks with a man who has barricaded himself and his young son in a house.

West Midlands Police said armed response officers remained outside the property and specialist negotiators were continuing to speak to the man in an effort to bring the situation to a safe conclusion.

And he added : "We have to have the cordons in place and we are working incredibly hard to bring to a conclusion swiftly, but of prime importance safely, this incident."

he thanked the community for their patience and help as officers tried to "bring this to a safe conclusion".

he said : "it is a significant policing response" the operation had not affected "overall resourcing levels.

supt ronan tyrer said on wednesday : "i appreciate for residents but also the wider community, including those parents of children at earlsdon primary school, that it is incredibly frustrating.

Coventry Police Commander, Chief Superintendent Pete Henrick, added : "We apologise for the continued disruption to everyone within the cordon surrounding Earlsdon Avenue North, but our priority remains the safety of those involved.

A school remains closed, a library is given over to police use and businesses are shut as an armed stand-off continues into a fourth day.

A 41-year-old man barricaded himself in a flat in Coventry with his eight-year-old son on Sunday.

"what i will say is that this is a really sensitive policing operation.

Speaking outside the police cordon on Wednesday afternoon, Supt Ronan Tyrer, of West Midlands police, said the force was sympathetic to frustrations among residents, but reassured them officers were "working incredibly hard to bring this sensitive policing operation to a safe conclusion".

He said he was unable to comment on how long the standoff could continue, but said "we have negotiators who are speaking to the man inside the property.

i don't think it would be appropriate to comment on what those negotiations are."

A cordon remained in place today, some residents only allowed to leave home with a police escort and nearby Earlsdon Primary School and businesses told to stay closed.

A number of businesses have also had to close their doors, including a cafe and a butchers.

Amid fears the 41-year-old man was "armed with weapons" around 20 officers, including counter terror police, swooped.

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