'We said gunman could stay at our house' - Argoed siege couple

Campaign Series: FAMILY HOME: Gareth Beynon who was approached by the man FAMILY HOME: Gareth Beynon who was approached by the man

THE couple living in the Argoed siege house have told how they gave the man at the centre of yesterday's drama a roof over his head.

The shocked tenants of the Greenfield Terrace house told the Argus they had taken in the man – a family friend – as an act of kindness.

Gareth Beynon, 41, said the man approached him a couple of days previously and asked if he and his wife could stay, as he was having problems paying the rent.

“So I said they could stay.

Next thing I know, two police come here and he’s firing a nail gun from the bedroom at them. Then all the armed police turned up and broke down the door and window,” said Mr Beynon.

“He told me he was having issues with the council.

I didn’t knowhe was on the run. If I had known I wouldn’t have let him stay.

“We haven’t been allowed in the house since last night.

“The police got me and my wife out, and now they’re saying we have to wait another eight or so hours before we can get in the house, because forensics have to investigate.

“The police were here all night and we stayed next door, with my parents, and they wouldn’t even let us look out of the front door, they kept shouting at us to stay inside.”

Mr Beynon’s wife Tanya, 36, was in the bath when the drama began.

“If I hadn’t shouted I didn’t have any clothes on, they would have busted in,” she said.

“He was firing the nail gun at the police from the bedroom. The only reason it didn’t hit one of them is that it went through the bedroom door and got stuck. Then he was firing from the bedroom window at the back. It was so scary.

“We’ve only been married six months, and now this has happened. We have two dogs, and in all the noise one ran off and we can’t find him. He’s like our baby and we don’t know where he is.

“I just hope the landlord doesn’t chuck us out over all this. It’s only three weeks to Christmas too, it’s not ideal.

“I suppose this is what we get for trying to help out someone we thought of as a close friend.”

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1:16pm Fri 7 Dec 12

Shillabeers nemesis says...

what a load of nonsense, evict them.
what a load of nonsense, evict them. Shillabeers nemesis
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5:47pm Fri 7 Dec 12

spice15 says...

This is a prime example of what could happen if people who are under occupied in their council houses (their family home) have to take people in to help with their housekeeping bills. And no I am not a council tennant I just genuinely feel sorry for these people who may have to resort to this option led by the government. Are the government going to pay for CBB on these people for the safety of the council tennants? Doubt it !
This is a prime example of what could happen if people who are under occupied in their council houses (their family home) have to take people in to help with their housekeeping bills. And no I am not a council tennant I just genuinely feel sorry for these people who may have to resort to this option led by the government. Are the government going to pay for CBB on these people for the safety of the council tennants? Doubt it ! spice15
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5:48pm Fri 7 Dec 12

spice15 says...

spice15 wrote:
This is a prime example of what could happen if people who are under occupied in their council houses (their family home) have to take people in to help with their housekeeping bills. And no I am not a council tennant I just genuinely feel sorry for these people who may have to resort to this option led by the government. Are the government going to pay for CBB on these people for the safety of the council tennants? Doubt it !
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[quote][p][bold]spice15[/bold] wrote: This is a prime example of what could happen if people who are under occupied in their council houses (their family home) have to take people in to help with their housekeeping bills. And no I am not a council tennant I just genuinely feel sorry for these people who may have to resort to this option led by the government. Are the government going to pay for CBB on these people for the safety of the council tennants? Doubt it ![/p][/quote]CRB (Sorry) spice15
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12:19am Sat 8 Dec 12

Dee-Gee says...

The government are to blame for a lot of things, but a friend in need ending up firing a nailgun at armed police is not one if them.

Hope everything turns out ok for the Good Samaritans - this will be a heck of a story retold at anniversary parties, if not a family legend for generations to come!
The government are to blame for a lot of things, but a friend in need ending up firing a nailgun at armed police is not one if them. Hope everything turns out ok for the Good Samaritans - this will be a heck of a story retold at anniversary parties, if not a family legend for generations to come! Dee-Gee
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2:11pm Sat 8 Dec 12

NakedDancer says...

spice15 wrote:
This is a prime example of what could happen if people who are under occupied in their council houses (their family home) have to take people in to help with their housekeeping bills. And no I am not a council tennant I just genuinely feel sorry for these people who may have to resort to this option led by the government. Are the government going to pay for CBB on these people for the safety of the council tennants? Doubt it !
Firstly the government have said no-one will have to let a room out - tenants will simply only get the housing benefit for the size of house they are entitled to. Totally fair. Secondly a lot of private house owners take in lodgers to make ends meet and are able to judge other peoples character, hence no reason why council tenants cant.
[quote][p][bold]spice15[/bold] wrote: This is a prime example of what could happen if people who are under occupied in their council houses (their family home) have to take people in to help with their housekeeping bills. And no I am not a council tennant I just genuinely feel sorry for these people who may have to resort to this option led by the government. Are the government going to pay for CBB on these people for the safety of the council tennants? Doubt it ![/p][/quote]Firstly the government have said no-one will have to let a room out - tenants will simply only get the housing benefit for the size of house they are entitled to. Totally fair. Secondly a lot of private house owners take in lodgers to make ends meet and are able to judge other peoples character, hence no reason why council tenants cant. NakedDancer
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3:28pm Sat 8 Dec 12

webwizzard says...

What a load of rubbish..... the ARGUS should do their research into the families that they interview before they run the story. This family is nothing but trouble between drugs and their families thuggish behavior, and if the man and his wife is whom i think it is he knew they was on the run because the nail gun guy was busted a few weeks ago. Mr Beynon was seen collecting possessions of the so called nail gun guy from his home, so if he didnt know the guy was on the run why didnt so called nail gun guy go get his stuff himself?????? ....Ask anyone in Blackwood about the Beynon family and they will tell you the truth they are nothing but trouble... GET A GRIP ARGUS DO YOUR RESEARCH FIRST
What a load of rubbish..... the ARGUS should do their research into the families that they interview before they run the story. This family is nothing but trouble between drugs and their families thuggish behavior, and if the man and his wife is whom i think it is he knew they was on the run because the nail gun guy was busted a few weeks ago. Mr Beynon was seen collecting possessions of the so called nail gun guy from his home, so if he didnt know the guy was on the run why didnt so called nail gun guy go get his stuff himself?????? ....Ask anyone in Blackwood about the Beynon family and they will tell you the truth they are nothing but trouble... GET A GRIP ARGUS DO YOUR RESEARCH FIRST webwizzard
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