Man arrested after five hour armed siege

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A man has given himself up after a five-hour armed siege in South Shore.

The 43-year-old was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, at around 9pm.

Armed police had surrounded the flat on Alexandra Road and specialist officers had been negotiating with the man inside, who reportedly had a weapon.

A woman had been taken to hospital suffering head injuries after emergency services were called to the scene at 3.20pm on Thursday.

Neighbours in the block were asked to leave their homes while police dealt with the man.

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: “Specialist officers negotiated with a 43-year-old man in a flat for around five hours before he voluntarily left the flat and was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. He remains in custody.

“A scene currently remains on part of Alexandra Road and a weapon has been recovered.”

See Friday’s Gazette for the full story.