Riot police storm Blackpool flat after man barricades himself inside

A '˜blood-spattered riot shield' was seen being carried out of a Blackpool flat following a dramatic siege earlier today.

Friday, 10th June 2016, 1:33 pm
Updated Monday, 13th June 2016, 12:18 pm

Witnesses described several police vehicles, including riot vans, pulling up outside Barry Holiday Flats on the Prom at around 11.20pm.

Officers were answering a complaint about criminal damage when a man, believed to live in the flats, barricaded himself inside one and refused to come out, police said.

They ‘popped the lock’ after the man punched and smashed a window, a force spokesman added.

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A 35-year-old was later detained.

A spokeswoman for the North West Ambulance Service confirmed paramedics were called to the scene at 12.19pm, but said they were unable to comment further because the incident took place at a private address.