Nottingham

Man with child arrested after Nottingham Costa stand-off

Cordon in Nottingham's Market Square
Image caption A huge crowd formed outside the Costa coffee shop in Nottingham

A man has been arrested following a stand-off at a coffee shop in Nottingham city centre.

Police were called to the Costa shop off Friar Lane at about 12:20 GMT, with eyewitnesses reporting an argument involving a man holding a young child.

A spokesman for Nottinghamshire Police said a 35-year-old man was spoken to by police negotiators and arrested on suspicion of assault at about 17:15.

He said the unharmed two-year-old was taken to hospital as a precaution.

A number of nearby roads that were closed as part of a police cordon have since reopened.

The BBC's Neil Heath said a huge crowd formed outside the cordon during the dispute.

Describing the man inside, he said: "He is talking to about five officers with other officers further back. The man is talking calmly.

"It is clear a negotiation is going on to release the child. The child doesn't seem distressed. Paramedics are outside."

Image caption The cordon was widened to about 100 metres from the shop
Image caption A fire engine and bin lorry were brought in to block the windows of the coffee shop

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