KING’S LYNN: Prison for man in police stand-off in town centre
A Lynn man at the centre of an armed police stand-off in the town, which led to homes being evacuated last September, has been sent to prison for two years.
Gediminas Bubelis, 25, was sentenced at Norwich Crown Court by Recorder Malcolm Davis-White on Wednesday after he admitted causing criminal damage and being reckless as to whether life was endangered on September 21.
Bubelis, a Lithuanian living in Stonegate Street at the time, called police while in a distressed state to alert them that gas was leaking at his home.
Armed officers and trained police negotiators were sent to Millfleet and Stonegate Street as a precaution when he refused to come out of the house. Residents were evacuated from many nearby homes during the incident and the streets were closed to traffic.
Yesterday, Chief Inspector Ady Porter, of Lynn police, said: “This incident caused disruption and upset to the local residents and put people’s lives in danger.
“The sentence shows that people who commit that kind of crime, causing disruption and danger to the community, will be punished. We are pleased that the court has dealt with it robustly by sending him to prison.
“We had hostage negotiators and firearms officers at the scene and the police evacuated the area.
“The speed of our reaction, and arresting him, was important.”
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