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Armed police surround Croydon house after man tweets 'death threats' to 'jihadis'

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ARMED police descended on a house today after a man tweeted a 'come and get me' plea which made death threats to "jihadis".

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said they had sent armed officers to his address, in Reddown Road, Coulsdon, as a precaution to ensure the man's welfare, though they made no arrests.

The Advertiser understands the Twitter user had invited "jihadis" to "come and get me" in a series of tweets which mentioned his address and that "he was a good shot and he'd take people out".

The messages were sent before the atrocity in Paris, where 12 people were shot dead at the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Police, who arrived on the scene at 11am, did not find any firearms in the house, though they did discover the man had an air rifle.

A neighbour who spotted police outside the house at midday said an armed officer had hidden in a tree as they surrounded the front of the house.

"There was one standing pointing his gun at the house, two with great full-sized riot shields either side of the front door at the windows, and about three or four others with big guns pointing at the house," they said.

"A man opened the door and the police steadily went in, they were in and out a lot, with plain clothes police. I didn't see them arrest anyone.

"There were around seven vehicles from police cars to vans, an ambulance and paramedics."

The Met spokesman said: "Police were called this morning with reports of concern for the welfare of a man, following recent tweets linked to an address in Reddown Road.

"Local officers attended the address at approximately 11am and were accompanied by armed officers as a precautionary measure, due to nature of the tweets.

"London Ambulance Service also attended and the occupant was found safe and well at the address. He was spoken to by officers and given advice about information he was tweeting. No offences were identified and no arrests were made."

Armed police surround Croydon house after man tweets 'death threats' to 'jihadis'


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