Swansea Meridian Tower siege man pleads guilty

Police vehicles outside the Meridian Tower
Image caption Police vehicles outside the Meridian Tower in August

A man has pleaded guilty to possessing an imitation handgun and false imprisonment during a siege at the top of Wales' tallest building.

Lindsey Edward Coffey, 38, of Pontlliw admitted possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence in Swansea's Meridian Tower.

He also pleaded guilty to a charge of false imprisonment when he appeared at Swansea Crown Court via videolink.

Coffey was remanded in custody and will be sentenced on the 30 January.

Taser gun

People were asked to stay away from the skyscraper on 8 August after Coffey took a restaurant worker hostage in the tower's penthouse Grape and Olive restaurant.

The court heard he had gone there with a deactivated Glock handgun with the intention of taking his own life.

Armed response officers, the police helicopter and a trained police negotiator were sent to the scene while nearby roads were closed.

Police used a Taser gun to end the siege after two hours.

Nobody was injured during the siege, which had started in the afternoon.

At 107m (351ft), the tower has become a landmark on the city's skyline since completion in 2009.

The Grape and Olive restaurant on the top three floors of the tower has panoramic views over the city and out across the Bristol Channel and Brecon Beacons.