UPDATED: Man arrested after eight hour seige

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A 40-year-old man has been arrested following a dramatic armed siege lasting more than eight hours.

Police swooped on Norbreck Road at around 11.30pm on Thursday night following reports a man was in a flat with a firearm.

A number of people were evacuated from the area and police were continuing to negotiate with the man as of 8am this morning (Friday).

But at around 8.30am the man voluntarily gave himself up to police. He has been arrested on suspicion of assault and possession of a firearm and is currently in custody.

Around 10 police cars have been reported as being at the scene, including armed police units. The man had been in the flat by himself.

Officers had urged people to stay away from the area.

A spokesman said: “Police attended an address on Norbreck Road at about 11.30pm following reports a man was armed with a gun.

“The situation is contained and there is no danger to residents in the area, however we ask that people stay away from the location at this time.

“There has been a small number of people evacuated from nearby premises. There is a cordon in place.”

For more on this story, see Saturday’s Gazette