Man charged after incident in Chelmsford

A man has been charged after specialist policing teams responded to a major incident in Chelmsford.

Officers quickly responded to concerns for the welfare of a man in Chilton Close in the city at about 4.40pm on Thursday November 30.

Chelmsford’s Local Policing Team and specially trained officers from the Force Support Unit and negotiators quickly arrived and contained the scene, closing the road to protect the public.

Alongside the Essex Fire and Rescue Service, paramedics from the East of England Ambulance Service and colleagues in their Hazardous Area Response Team, officers worked for a number of hours to ensure the man was made safe.

At about 10.30pm, officers detained a man.

Steve Fleming, 51, of Chilton Close, Chelmsford, has been charged with attempted arson with intent to endanger life, possessing an imitation firearm, two counts of criminal damage and five counts of assaulting an emergency worker.