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Residents trapped during siege

Police officers surround a Halligan St house during an eight-hour siege on Good Friday.
Police officers surround a Halligan St house during an eight-hour siege on Good Friday. Chris Ison

A RESIDENT of Halligan Cr in Norman Gardens became trapped in her own home on Good Friday, after police cordoned off the street during an eight-hour siege.

The 21-year-old woman, who wished to remain anonymous, was in her backyard celebrating Easter with her partner and two-year-old daughter when a policeman told them to go upstairs and remain inside.

"My partner works out of town at the mines and was meant to go back that afternoon so we were having our Easter," she said.

"We'd just finished my daughter's Easter egg hunt when a cop car pulled up."

The woman, who has lived in the street since September, said she could hear a man yelling.

"The copper came over and told us it was an emergency and that we weren't allowed to come back downstairs," she said.

The woman said she wasn't scared, but after three hours of being trapped inside she "got sick of waiting".

"All my daughter wanted to do was go outside and paint," she said.

The woman said her partner missed his bus to work because of the ordeal and had to drive out.

"It was all over about 4.45pm," she said.

"When we were allowed out we went straight to the beach.

"Being stuck inside with a two-year-old makes for a long day."

Topics:  easter, norman gardens, siege


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