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Roof stand off sparks 12 hour roadblock


A Central Hawke's Bay road was closed by police and emergency services for more than 12 hours overnight on Monday after a man refused to co-operate police.

An Ongaonga man was believed to have holed up on his roof after a domestic incident at a rural Swamp Rd property about 10pm on Monday. The road remained closed and guarded by police, fire, and ambulance crews until yesterday afternoon.

Hawke's Bay Police Area Commander Tania Kura said a domestic related incident escalated when the man became uncooperative.

"It was a domestic-related incident and we were just talking with a person who is not willing to come with us right now," she said.

The road block was in place so the man "didn't have an audience".

Police could not be reached for further comment yesterday afternoon. It was not known if charges were likely.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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