Armed police swoop on 'hostage situation' in Middlesbrough

A man has been arrested after an apparent hostage situation when a man was spotted with a gun.

Witnesses said they saw movement on a balcony on the top floor of a six-storey block of flats in Middlesbrough at around 2pm as a large crowd gathered outside.

One of them said they saw dozens of armed police near his home in Gragetown’s Bangor Close. He said: ‘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.’

‘I thought somebody was knocking on my door but when I got to the door it was armed police shouting “get back, get back”.’

Local reports suggested that two people were being held hostage from late morning.

Police said they arrested a 27-year-old man and he is still in police custody.

A police spokesman said: ‘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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