THIS is the dramatic moment a terrifying armed siege was brought to an end on the streets of Blackpool.
Police marksmen surrounded a house on Queen Victoria Road after a 25-year-old man – who was wanted on suspicion of attempted murder – locked himself inside with his partner and a six-month old baby girl.
Armed officers were deployed to the scene, at the junction with Ansdell Road in central Blackpool, late on Saturday following reports the man had a machete or crossbow.
The area was sealed off and residents told to stay indoors as specially trained negotiators were brought in.
After a tense stand off lasting 13 hours, the man was led away by police.
He and his partner had been visiting from Greenock in Scotland and were staying in the house.
They were there with the woman’s uncle, 63-year-old Eric Mackay.
Mr Mackay told The Gazette: “I’m absolutely shocked – I can’t believe it.
“On Saturday night all these police cars appeared while I was in my living room with my mate and his kid.
“They (the suspect and niece) were upstairs, and I came out the front and was leaning on my gate and the police told me to get out.
“I’ve never been in trouble with the police in my life, I’ve never seen anything like it.
“I was worried about my niece’s little girl. My niece is old enough to look after herself but the kid is too young to understand what’s going on.”
Mr Mackay said the couple and baby had been staying with him for about two weeks.
He added: “The boy’s a Celtic fan and I’m a Rangers fan and the two of us sat watching the game (last weekend).
“Rangers won and he was totally respectful. There was nothing about him that suggested this.”
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