Water boss held hostage after tap turned off

A hostage situation erupted in northern Italy when an angry customer held a water company director at knifepoint after the man had his taps turned off.

Water boss held hostage after tap turned off
Police negotiated with the man to give up his water hostage. Photo: mrhayata/Flickr

Police were called to the scene in Codigoro, Emilia-Romagna, after a member of the public noticed something was awry at the Acquedotto del Delta company, La Nuova Ferrara reported on Monday.

A 28-year-old man was reportedly locked inside with the director, threatening him with a knife for having turned his water supply off.

The police cordoned off the area surrounding the company, before starting negotiations with the aggressor, La Nuova Ferrara said.

He was successfully coaxed out and promptly arrested for the violent threats and unlawfully carrying a knife.  

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