Monday, July 23, 2007


Deaf woman slept through five-hour gun siege

‘After laying siege to a house for five hours, police gave a final warning before storming the house where a gunman had been reported inside.

A police dog rushed upstairs and, finding a woman in bed, proceeded to sink its teeth into her arms.

But as armed officers surrounded a terrified Sonia Pellow, they realised two things. First, she wasn’t a gunman.

Second, she was deaf and had been sleeping throughout the entire stand-off.

Yesterday Miss Pellow, 36, was still too afraid to return to her home in Hayle, Cornwall, after the ordeal, which followed a hoax call to police that a gunman was inside.

“I don’t know what happened – I was asleep but then this dog was all over me,” she said. “I got bitten on both of my arms. I was terrified.”‘

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