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Police break into house, arrest teenagers after two-hour standoff arising from rent dispute

Published on Jun 7, 2013 10:17 PM

Police officers broke into a rented semi-detached house on Thursday after the tenants - a single mother and her three teenage children - locked themselves in and refused to assist in investigations over a dispute which arose from unpaid rent.

The mother had refused to let the officers question her two boys aged 12 and 17. A report was lodged against them for threatening the landlord of the Upper Paya Lebar Crescent house.

According to reports, the family had not paid rent for two months but refused to move out.

Police officers arrived at the house at about 3pm. After a two-hour standoff, the Singapore Civil Defence Force officers were called in to cut the locks and forcibly gain entry into the house. Plainclothes and uniformed officers armed with police shields then charged into the house.

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