The incident was believed to be domestic-related


Negotiators were tonight trying to save an elderly woman who was inside a property with a knife-wielding man. Officers were called to Perry Hill Road in Sandwell, West Midlands, this morning after concerns for the woman’s welfare were raised.

The incident was believed to be domestic-related.

Chief Superintendent Phil Kay, of West Midlands Police, who is managing the incident, said: “Officers received an emergency call this morning regarding concerns for the welfare of a woman aged in her 80s, who lives at an address in Oldbury.

“Police made further inquiries which confirmed that a man aged in his 40s was also inside the property in Perry Hill Road and was armed with a knife. At this stage the incident is believed to be domestic-related.

“Specialist officers including force negotiators remain at the scene this evening as they continue to try and bring the situation to a peaceful and safe resolution.”


West Midlands Police can confirm that the police incident in Perry Hill Road, Oldbury has ended. The man came out of the property just after 11am.

A 40 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of false imprisonment and has been taken to a police station in the West Midlands.

A 79 year old woman is currently being assessed by medical professionals at the scene but is not believed to be seriously injured.

ACC Sharon Rowe:

” The incident at Perry Hill Road has now reached a peaceful resolution and a 40 year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of false imprisonment.

A 79 year-old woman will be taken to hospital as a precaution, however she is not believed to have suffered significant injury.”

” We are aware that the incident has been ongoing for more than twenty four hours. However, it was a complex situation and various specialist officers as well as medical professionals have all worked tirelessly at the scene.

“Our primary concern has always been to bring this matter to a safe conclusion and to protect the lives of those involved.

“Thankfully the matter has been brought to a safe conclusion as the man left of his own accord. We cannot comment further on the motivation for this situation, however we can confirm that the matter is domestic related and those involved are mother and son.

“The incident will now move into the investigation phase and forensic investigations are moving into the property to examine the scene. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the local community for their help and patience in this matter.”