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St Michael's Mead residents evacuated as man 'threatens to set himself on fire'

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Residents were evacuated from their homes in St Michael's Mead in Bishop's Stortford on Wednesday (Sept 25) as a result of all three emergency services being called to an incident.

There were unconfirmed reports that a man had doused himself in petrol and was threatening to set himself alight.

The incident, which lasted for three hours, centred on a block of flats in Stockmen Field, which overlook the northern parkland on St Michael's Mead bordering the B1004 Great Hadham Road.

Members of all three local emergency services – Hertfordshire Constabulary, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and East of England Ambulance Service – attended the scene. A police cordon was put in place.

A statement from Hertfordshire Constabulary read: "Police have been in Stockmen Field, Bishop’s Stortford, this afternoon concerned about the welfare of a man inside a property.

"Officers have evacuated a small number of homes as a precaution.

"Officers arrived at the address just before 4.15pm and, after engaging with the man, managed to resolve the situation peacefully at around 7.30pm."

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