Neighbours have told of their shock after armed police swooped on an address in Blackpool as part of a hunt for two men wanted in connection with a murder.
Officers wearing riot gear were called to the incident in Bolton Street, South Shore, at around 4pm on Friday.
They were hunting two men wanted in connection with a murder in Glasgow. Scottish police, supported by officers from Lancashire, led the raid.
Residents were ordered to stay indoors as the drama unfolded. Cordons were put in place around Bolton Street, Waterloo Road, Rawcliffe Street and Bath Street as police surrounded the property and the police helicopter circled overhead.
But the operation was stood down after it was discovered there was no one inside.
One neighbour, Kevin Wilson, of Bolton Street, said: “There were about four riot vans and the police were wearing full body armour and with firearms.
“They were standing near their cars, with their guns.
“I was cleaning my car and they said, can you go into your house and get kids and everyone in.
“We were told to stay in our houses and the police were using megaphones to address us.
“It was quite frightening for everyone.”
Chloe Havlin, 22, of Bolton Street, said: “I saw a lot of police in riot gear, some with dogs, and there was a helicopter.
“Someone said it was a pre-planned operation and the police were inside the address for quite a while.
“I didn’t worry too much because there were lots of people standing about.”
Andrew Norrington, 53, also of Bolton Street, said: “ I saw the first police appear when I went to take my dogs out at about 4pm.
“There was a policeman on the corner directing traffic on Shaw Road.
“When I got back about half an hour later, there were quite a lot more officers and they were blocking the road.
“It all looked quite dramatic.”
The raid came after intelligence that two men being sought in connection with the murder of Sean Humphrey in the east end of Glasgow, were at the address.
The body of Mr Humphrey, 26, was found in a flat in Etive Street, in the Shettleston area, at 4am on October 28 following a disturbance in the flat.
Officers in Scotland immediately launched an appeal to trace two men who were seen in Etive Street at the time.
A spokeswoman from Police Scotland said: “Officers from Police Scotland and Lancashire Constabularly searched a house in the Blackpool area with a warrant.
“This was in connection with the death of Sean Humphrey in Glasgow during the early hours of October 28 this year.”