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Prison sentence for man at centre of a 5 hour police standoff in Flint on Friday

A 25-year-old man from Flint has been sentenced to 32 weeks in prison following a five-hour standoff with armed police on Friday.

Officers including those from the armed alliance unit were called to an address in Maes Alaw just after 7am on Friday, it followed reports of a man behaving in an ‘aggressive and threatening manner’.

As the incident escalated Albert Avenue and Ffordd Llewelyn were closed off while the headteacher of nearby St Mary’s Primary school sent pupils home and closed the school.

Trained negotiators were brought in to talk to the man who was in a flat on Maes Alaw.

Daniel Thompson was eventually arrested and taken into custody, he was charged with affray.

Thompson appeared before Wrexham Magistrates Court on Saturday, May 13 where he was given a total sentence of 32 weeks imprisonment.

He received 26 weeks for the affray and six weeks, to run consecutively, for breaching a suspended sentence order.

North Wales Police Chief Inspector Sharon McCairn said;

We recognise the impact that the incident caused to the local community, school and families of school pupils at both St Richard Gwyn High School and St Mary’s RC Junior School. I welcome the result and the immediate sentence reflects the seriousness of the incident.