Man in six hour police stand off

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A MAN was arrested after police had to force their way into a garage following a six-hour siege.

Police were called to the premises, on Amy Johnson Way, in South Shore, following reports from a woman the man had locked himself inside and had damaged her car and gas pipes in the building.

Officers raced to the scene – alongside a police negotiator and the fire brigade – and were faced with a six hour stand off with the man, who refused to open the door to the property and allow police inside.

The drama unfolded at around 2am on Sunday morning and only ended when police forced their way in.

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: “A cordon was implemented as a precaution and police negotiators were called to the scene to speak to him.

“After around six hours entry was forced.

“The man, aged 32 and from Anchorsholme, was found inside safe and well but was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital as a precaution and for treatment to injuries to his hands.”

After being released from hospital the man was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and bailed to March 3.

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