Blackpool flat armed police stand-off: Man arrested

Alexandra Road
Image caption Police have cordoned off an area in Alexandra Road, Blackpool while negotiations take place

A 43-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a woman was injured during a five-hour stand-off with police in Lancashire.

Armed police and specialist officers were called to a flat in Alexandra Road, Blackpool at about 15:20 GMT following reports a man had a weapon.

A woman was taken to hospital with a minor head injury.

The man left the flat voluntarily and is being held in custody for questioning.

A Lancashire Police spokeswoman said: "Specialist officers negotiated with a 43-year old-man in a flat for around five hours before he voluntarily left the flat.

"A weapon has been recovered."

A cordon had been placed on either side of Alexandra Road while negotiations took place.

Neighbours reported a heavy police presence, saying the road was cordoned off but that some residents were later escorted back to their homes.

Ann-Marie Farren, from Alexandra Road, said: "I was driving home from work and saw dozens of police cars."

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