From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Welcome to Wikipedia,

    the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit.
    6,615,028 articles in English

    Overview · Searching · Editing · Questions · Help

    Categories · Featured content · A–Z index

    Today's featured article
    Poynter Court, site of the siege, as seen in 2022
    Poynter Court, site of the siege, as seen in 2022

    The Northolt siege was a hostage situation which developed in Northolt, West London, on 25 December 1985. After a domestic dispute, Errol Walker forced entry into his sister-in-law's flat in Poynter Court (pictured). He killed the woman, keeping her daughter and his own daughter hostage. He released his daughter, but held the other girl hostage. After more than a day, he ventured onto the communal balcony to pick up an abandoned riot shield. Armed officers tried to intercept him but he made it back to the flat. They threw stun grenades through the windows, their first use by British police, and climbed through the kitchen window. One officer found Walker lying on a sofa, holding a knife to the child, and fired three shots, the first shooting by the Metropolitan Police's Firearms Wing. Walker was shot twice, and was later given life imprisonment for murder and other offences. One historian of the unit felt that the incident showed that the police had an alternative for crises that could not be resolved peacefully. (Full article...)

    Recently featured:
    Did you know...
    Bearded Man with a Beret
    Bearded Man with a Beret
    In the news
    Rescuers in winter jackets, two of them in firefighter uniforms, standing in front and on top of the rubble of a collapsed commercial centre.
    Earthquake damage in Diyarbakır
    On this day...

    February 8

    William D. Boyce
    William D. Boyce
    More anniversaries:
    Today's featured picture


    Other areas of Wikipedia

    • Help Desk — Ask questions about using Wikipedia.
    • Reference Desk — Serving as virtual librarians, Wikipedia volunteers tackle your questions on a wide range of subjects.
    • Village Pump — For discussions about Wikipedia itself, including areas for technical issues and policies.
    • Community Portal — Bulletin board, projects, resources and activities covering a wide range of Wikipedia areas.
    • Site news — Announcements, updates, articles and press releases on Wikipedia and the Wikimedia Foundation.

    Wikipedia's sister projects

    Wikipedia is hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation, a non-profit organization that also hosts a range of other projects:

    wikt:Main Page

    Dictionary and thesaurus

    b:Main Page

    Free textbooks and manuals

    q:Main Page

    Collection of quotations

    Free-content source texts

    Wikispecies:Main Page

    Directory of species

    n:Main Page

    Free-content news

    Shared media repository

    m:Main Page

    Wikimedia project coordination

    Multi-licensed into the public domain
    I agree to multi-license my eligible text contributions, unless otherwise stated, under Wikipedia's copyright terms and into the public domain. Please be aware that other contributors might not do the same, so if you want to use my contributions in the public domain, please check the multi-licensing guide.