ARMED police Tasered a man to dramatically end a terrifying armed siege in which a woman was held at knifepoint.
Officers surrounded a flat on Derbe Road, St Annes, following reports a man – wielding what was described as a machete – was holding a woman hostage.
A man was seen brandishing a weapon at a window of the third floor flat and threatened officers during the two hour stand-off.
A police negotiator was called in to try and calm the man who was holding a 35-year-old woman, believed to be his wife, against her will in the flat from around 4.15pm yesterday.
Neighbours described the frightening drama as like scenes from a film.
Police with binoculars used a neighbouring flat in Derbe Road to get a clear view of the situation while other officers broke into the property where they used a Taser electric stun gun to restrain a man.
Andrew Noble, who has lived on the street for 15 years, told The Gazette: “This is just shocking and we couldn’t believe it was going on, it was like something out of that film Die Hard.
“You could hear him bellowing and you don’t expect this in quiet St Annes.
“He was shouting at the police that he didn’t get any help with his benefits.”
A number of residents were stranded outside their houses after police cordoned off a section of Derbe Road between Clifton Drive South and Alexandria Drive.
Kevin Lambson, 37, said: “It’s not the norm is it? It’s quite horrendous actually.
“Usually speaking it’s a nice street and everyone’s really friendly. I wasn’t expecting this.”
One resident, who did not want to be named, said: “I can’t believe what has happened.
“We thought it was some sort of drug raid, I didn’t think it was a machete.”
Another neighbour, who also declined to be named, said: “It was like something out of a cop movie, but the police dealt with it in a successful and efficient manner.”
Police said the man eventually went to the door of the flat at 6.15pm.
A police spokesman said: “A man came to the door with a knife and was acting aggressively.
“The opportunity was taken to deploy Taser and he was safely detained.”
Both the man and the woman were taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital to be treated for minor cuts.
Police say they recovered a number of weapons from the scene.
Insp Darrin Butterworth from Lancashire Police, said: “The incident lasted for two hours and fortunately reached a safe conclusion following the hard work and patience of specially trained officers and local police patrols.
“There was a lot of police activity in and around the scene and we did have to put a cordon in place.
“These decisions were based on protecting the public and minimising the risk.
“I would like to thank people in the area for their cooperation, patience and support.”
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