Man arrested after 20-hour armed siege in Louth
TWO streets were sealed off as armed police and negotiators spent 20 hours persuading a man with a knife to give himself up.
The 57-year-old was alone in a property at the junction of Keddington Crescent and Lime Grove, in Louth, and was threatening to harm himself.
Police were called shortly before midnight on Christmas Day following reports from the man's concerned relatives, and officers spent most of Boxing Day talking to the man. Response teams were armed with rifles and tasers and there were police dogs on standby.
At one point, the distressed man was seen shouting from an upstairs window.
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At 3.45pm on Boxing Day, officers forced their way into the house and he was arrested on suspicion of affray. He was then taken to Grimsby's hospital for a check-up.
Keddington Road resident Nicola Kemplay said: "You don't expect to see this around here. We noticed something was wrong when we woke up and looked out the window. There were police vans and cars and a cordon at both ends of the street. It was distressing."
A Lincolnshire Police spokesman said: "We wish to thank people in and around the area of Keddington Crescent for their patience and understanding in helping us to achieve our aim of resolving the matter without harm to the man arrested or anyone else."