Siege soldier jailed for stand-off

Armed siege in Bideford Avenue
Armed siege in Bideford Avenue
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A former soldier who hit police officers and threw roof slates during a seven hour siege at his home has been jailed.

Preston Crown Court heard Simon McGovern, 37, barricaded himself in the property on Bideford Avenue, off Newton Drive, after a row over a missing phone.

Two police helicopters and a negotiator were deployed to tackle the situation, before McGovern gave up at around 2am.

He was today given a jail term of 18 months, and an additional 12 weeks.

McGovern had pleaded guilty to offences of affray, two of criminal damage, one of common assault, plus three assaults on police with intent to resist.

The incident arose in June, while he was on bail for offences in the North East.

The court heard that during the early stages of huge incident McGovern threatened to pour hot water over himself and put a knife to his own throat.

He struck out at three police officers and barricaded the loft.

Police in full riot gear were sent to the scene.

His barrister said McGovern had been treated for bipolar disorder in the past. He clearly had anger management issues.

Judge Robert Altham said it was difficult to imagine a more serious and strained affray. There had effectively been a full blown siege.