Civic Square Tilbury cordoned off as man holds police at bay

13.30 Update
Emergency services are still at the scene of a stand off between a man and police negotiators. Your thurrock understands this is the fifth time in a year that the man in question has been involved in a stand off with police. Further updates to follow

POLICE AND FIRE CREWS have cordoned off Civic Square Tilbury as officers negotiate with a man with a history of mental health problems.

Crews were called at just after 1am to his flat in Civic Square. They have been negotiating since then.

As rush hour approached, the police have cordoned off the road.

YT understands that this is the same male who has been the subject of a number of similar incidents. One each occasion, the police have successfully negotiated and he has been taken into custody.

Further news to follow

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