Man who died in Sutton St James siege is named

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THE man who died in Tuesday’s siege at Sutton St James has been formally named by police.

Barry Stephen Horspool, aged 61, was discovered dead in his house by police at 10.30pm following a siege that lasted almost 12 hours.

An inquest will be opened by the Coroner in due course.

Police were called to the house in Chapelgate just before 11am after reports of a man making threats with a firearm.

A sterile cordon was established and those in their homes within the area were asked to remain there. A significant police presence was drafted in, including support from Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire officers, along with East Midlands air support. Trained negotiators engaged with Mr Horspool for a considerable period of time.

At around 10.30pm officers entered the building and found his body in an upstairs room.

Earlier in the day, a local male officer sustained a minor facial injury during the operation and he was treated at Boston Pilgrim Hospital before being discharged.

No shots were fired during the incident by police officers and following a routine referral to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), it was determined that no investigation is required.