A man is in police custody after armed officers swooped on an apparent ‘hostage’ situation in Middlesbrough earlier today.
Cleveland Police have confirmed that the force responded to reports of an individual in possession of a firearm, before the dramatic incident was brought to a ‘peaceful’ end this afternoon. A 27-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident and remains in police custody.
Officers carrying guns and around six or seven police cars were seen around Grangetown’s Bangor Close, off Tawney Road. A number of residents watched from the street as the drama unfolded over just under three hours.
Police were called before noon, and surrounded the Leicester House flats with guns drawn, witnesses said. They told TeesideLive that two people were being held hostage.
The road was blocked off by police vehicles, as scores of officers swarmed the area.
A number of eyewitnesses reported seeing movement on a balcony on the top floor at around 2pm.
One resident of the six-storey block of flats reported seeing armed officers outside of his door.
He explained: ‘I thought somebody was knocking on my door but when I got to the door it was armed police shouting “get back, get back”.
‘They were right outside my door and I could hear them negotiating with him.
‘They had their guns up and I could see the laser on his front door ready to shoot.’
Officers were seen wearing gloves as they entered the building following the arrest shortly after 2pm.
A Cleveland Police spokesperson explained: ‘Police were called at 11.07am today to Bangor Close, Grangetown, to a report of an individual in possession of a firearm and others present at the address.
‘Police, (including) armed response officers, attended.
‘A 27-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident and he remains in custody.
‘The situation was resolved peacefully with all persons accounted for and our enquiries continue.’
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