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Peter Walsh, Crime correspondent
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
This picture captures the moment armed police brought to an end a siege in a Norfolk village which lasted for more than five hours.
Norfolk police were called to Newton Flotman, near Norwich, at just after 8pm to reports that a man had damaged a vehicle parked in Alan Avenue.
A short while later the man went into a nearby home and was reported to be in a distressed state, making threats and refusing to leave the premises.
No-one else was believed to be in the property.
Officers from the police’s armed response units and police negotiators went to the scene.
The road was cordoned off in the interests of public safety.
A man in his late 20s was arrested at around 2am.
Chris Thompson, who lives on Alan Avenue, captured images of the siege as the drama unfolded last night.
One neighbour, who did not want to be named, said she saw police with riot shields after hearing a commotion outside.
Other people living in the quiet suburban street have spoken of their shock and surprise at the incident which is out of character for the area.
Jennie Worship, 35, who has lived in the area for 11 years, said: “It was a surprise. It’s normally really quiet.”
A 31 year old woman, who did not want to be named, said: “It’s quite surprising to see the police around - you don’t normally see them at all really, its such a quiet area. The only time we see police is when they’re exercising their horses and come off the field at the back.”
Another man, who did not want to be named, said: “We were surprised to see the police cars this morning.”
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