Stoke & Staffordshire

Guildford Street house siege ends 'safely and peacefully'

Police cordon at siege location on Thursday
Image caption A man was arrested after leaving the house

A three-day stand-off in Stoke-on-Trent has been "safely and peacefully" resolved, according to police.

A 66-year-old man left a house in Guildford Street, Shelton, at about 13:20 GMT, and was arrested by waiting officers.

Armed police and negotiators had surrounded the property on Wednesday.

Officers at the scene said they saw a man with what was thought to be a handgun. Residents evacuated from their homes have been allowed to return.

Staffordshire Police said the man had been arrested on suspicion of committing a firearms offence and would be assessed in custody by healthcare professionals.

'Significant disruption'

The area which was sealed off has been reopened.

Up to 30 homes were evacuated as a precaution and a temporary rest centre was set up.

Ch Insp Jeff Moore said: "We were originally called to the terraced house by health and social care colleagues who were there to visit the man.

"They were concerned for his immediate welfare and about his behaviour.

"Attending officers saw the man with what is believed to be a handgun and identified a clear risk to public safety.

"As a result, armed and unarmed police officers were called in to help protect the public and resolve the incident safely and peacefully.

"This included painstaking attempts to negotiate with the man by a team of specially-trained officers.

"We recognise that the policing operation has caused significant disruption and inconvenience to a small number of local people and we apologise for this."

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