Billy English jailed after Great Bookham house siege

Billy English
Image caption Billy English held his ex-girlfriend and two children hostage for six hours

A 31-year-old man has been sentenced to six years in prison after a woman and two children were imprisoned inside a house in Surrey.

Billy English was jailed at Guildford Crown Court for two counts of false imprisonment, as well as arson and assault causing actual bodily harm.

Surrey Police said English was drinking and armed with knives during the six-hour siege on 18 August.

Officers forced their way into the flat in Proctor Gardens in Great Bookham.

Police said he had held a knife to his ex-girlfriend's throat, back and neck and punched her several times.

'Drinking throughout'

According to officers, English, of no fixed abode, had a bottle of white spirit which he had spread around the flat, and he tried to set light to a sofa and a curtain.

Police were called just after 06:30 BST after reports that he had blocked the door to the flat with furniture and was refusing to let three people leave.

After he refused to speak to police negotiators and threatened to harm himself, police forced their way into the flat just after 12:30.

Det Con Jenny Packham said: "Officers at the scene had to react quickly to what was a fast moving, dynamic situation with at times limited information of what was happening inside the property.

"English was drinking throughout the incident and became increasingly volatile towards those in the flat.

"The priority at all times was to ensure the safe exit of all involved."

English was told he would also face an extended licence period of four years.

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