‘Shotgun to my head’ threat sparks stand-off in West Lynn

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Specialist police units were locked in a four-hour stand off when a man called a mental health unit and said he was holding a shotgun to his head, a court heard.

Armed firearms officers stormed a quiet West Lynn estate after Stephen Fordham phoned the Fermoy Centre at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital and threatened to hurt himself.

A cordon also sealed off the area surrounding the 44-year-old’s home in Poppyfields as trained negotiators tried to persuade him to leave his flat.

He left his property after four hours of talks and was taken to hospital under arrest as paramedics believed he had taken an overdose.

Lynn magistrates heard on Tuesday that Fordham was aggressive towards nurses at the hospital and other patients became upset by his behaviour.

He was then moved to a police van outside, and he urinated inside the vehicle.

Susanna Chowdhury, prosecuting, said the incident unfolded on December 13 last year when Fordham told a clinical support worker at the Fermoy that he had a shotgun, and was holding it to his head.

In a second conversation, he said he had buried the gun in the garden.

Miss Chowdhury said police received reports of the call and sent “considerable resources” to the scene in order to protect public safety.

But at a hearing last month, Fordham admitted lying about the gun when he pleaded guilty to conveying false information for the purpose of causing distress.

He also admitted using threatening behaviour and causing criminal damage to the police van by urinating.

Fordham appeared in court for sentence on Tuesday, when he was made subject to a 12-month supervision order with six-month alcohol treatment requirement.

He was also ordered to pay £50 compensation to police and £60 court costs.