Armed police at scene where 'woman has been held hostage by man with a knife for almost 36 hours'

  • Man, 20, won't let the woman leave the house in Burnley, Lancashire
  • Third person, believed to be related to man, also believed to be in house
  • Officers at the scene confirmed the incident is 'domestic related'

By Sam Webb

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Armed police have surrounded a flat where a woman is currently being held hostage by a man with a knife.

The siege in Burnley, Lancashire, began at 4.30pm yesterday and has not yet been resolved.

A 20-year-old man is talking to a police negotiator but the female hostage remains inside.

It has been reported that the man is in 'almost constant' communication with the police.

Police have thrown a cordon around a siege involving a man holding a woman hostage with a knife in Burnley

Police have thrown a cordon around a siege involving a man holding a woman hostage with a knife in Burnley

Armed police have been pictured at the scene and the man is talking to police negotiators via telephone

Armed police have been pictured at the scene and the man is talking to police negotiators via telephone

Scene: The siege in in Escott Gardens (pictured) began at 4.30pm yesterday and has not yet been resolved

Scene: The siege in in Escott Gardens (pictured) began at 4.30pm yesterday and has not yet been resolved

A cordon is in place at the flat in Escott Gardens. A Lancashire police spokesperson said the man inside the property was preventing the woman from leaving. She entered the property through her own choice, but now cannot leave.

 

The relationship between the man and woman is not clear but they are not believed to be partners.

Officers also believe there is a third person in the property who is related to the man. They confirmed the incident is domestic.

Officer also believe there is a third person in the property who is related to the man
A police spokesman confirmed the incident is domestic. The hostage is not harmed

Cordon: Officers also believe there is a third person in the property who is related to the man. They confirmed the incident is domestic

A Lancashire police spokesperson said the man inside the property was preventing the woman from leaving

A Lancashire police spokesperson said the man inside the property was preventing the woman from leaving

'The incident in Burnley is still ongoing, we still have a negotiator at the scene,' officers said, adding that the hostage is physically unharmed.

A Lancashire Police statement said: 'Police remain at an address at Escott Gardens in Burnley. We are attempting to bring the situation to a peaceful conclusion.

'A man is preventing a woman from leaving a property in a domestic related incident, we are working to resolve this situation safely.'

The comments below have been moderated in advance.

And the British remake of 'The Negotiator' will be available in all high street stores on a 6 DVD box set!

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One top marksman. Job done!

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There will no doubt be countless comments from the super uneducated with regards to the number of officers, the cost, how they are dressed etc. Just think for a second though. If you were being held against your will, threatened with violence or worse still, who would you call. Not the fire service, because they would probably be on strike. Not your local MP, because he's probably enjoying a taxpayer funded New Years bash. Not your local benefit claimant because they won't be able to tear themselves away from the xbox and plasma tv. You would call the police, and in this case the firearms team, who patrol the streets, protect the public, will stay at that scene until it's conclusion, regardless of how cold it is or how long it takes, and will do everything humanly possible to ensure the safety of all involved. Just think before you type. And YES, I am a firearms officer, so I know what I am talking about. Good luck to all police officers in the UK, and have a safe year.

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Hmmm, if Police need firearms to protect themselves and others why are the rest of us denied this right?

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I would have thought that this would warrant a higher profile and more of a headline from the media. not to be tucked away in the bottom pages.

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ever heard of wireless tasers? Use them

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Pun intended, the PC brigade are showing how incompetent & stupid they have become. So how many police for how long & how much has this cost? All this whilst muggers, burglars & other scroats run free.

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Burnley...

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a man with a knife warrants that many armed officers? one officer with a gun will do, damn. is there one bloke to carry the gun, one bloke to lift it into the arms of a another bloke who's job it is to check it before handing it off to another to fire?

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this happened round the corner from my house, firstly to correct it for daily mail it was 26 hours not 36. Secondly the amount of police that was called for this siege was appalling! Many local businesses lost out on a days work, there was commotion getting around and for what? For the police to enter the house 26 hours after being called! This was an utter waste of police time, created a lot of commotion for the community. Neighbours were told not to leave the house for a somewhat 24 hours! And all they got at the end of it was ' Thankyou for your cooperation'. The people that did this should get a sentence a long sentence for the commotion they caused. It was a pathetic foolish thing to do. To finish, I as a taxpayer feel very disheartened that my well-earned money has been used for a foolish game like this. Rant Over.

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