Man arrested after armed siege at Bournemouth apartment

Picture of a man leaning out of a top-floor window during the siege
Image caption An eyewitness photographed a man hanging out of a top-floor flat window during the siege

A man who barricaded himself inside a seaside property, sparking a 10-hour armed police siege, has been arrested.

Police teams were called to a property in Seabourne Road, in the Pokesdown area of Bournemouth, Dorset, shortly before 1600 GMT on Monday.

The 34-year-old was detained by officers on suspicion of making threats to kill following the stand-off, which saw dozens of homes evacuated.

Officers entered the property just after 0200 GMT and made an arrest.

It followed claims that a man had locked himself inside.

No weapons fired

An eyewitness sent a photograph to the BBC News Website showing a man hanging out of a window of the third-floor flat.

Some residents were moved to the Indoor Bowls Centre in nearby Kings Park.

Roger Morley, who lives in Dolphin Mews, said: "I put my jumper on, came outside and there's a gentleman on the top flat, sort of shouting out of the window.

Image caption Some residents were evacuated to a nearby bowls centre before being allowed home

"They (the police) just told us to leave and I went to my brother's."

Road closures were put in place and a cordon was set up around the house, before specialist negotiators attempted to resolve the incident.

A police helicopter was also sent to the scene.

A spokesman for Dorset Police said: "At approximately 0215 GMT this morning unarmed officers supported by armed officers entered a property in Seabourne Road where they located a male with whom they had been in earlier negotiations.

"A 34-year-old male from the Poole area was arrested in connection with an allegation of making threats to kill."

No weapons were discharged during the incident.

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